as it seeks to double team in recruitment drive for August re-opening 26th June 2017: First built some 11 years ago, The Betsey Wynne pub with striking views over the Swanbourne Estate in North Buckinghamshire quickly attracted a local crowd of regulars. But the pub’s many charms deserved a bigger audience and last year the Estate’s owners asked local independent pub group, Oakman Inns, if they would be interested in becoming tenants.

For Oakman’s CEO, Peter Borg-Neal, the answer was an unqualified “Yes” as he saw the possibilities that the partnership could bring. “The Betsey Wynne had an enthusiastic core of regulars, a reputation for serving good food and beer, masses of fresh produce available directly from The Swanbourne Estate and is close to many growing towns. The only thing we needed to do, once we had come to know everyone, was to freshen the actual building and introduce some of the cooking styles, comfort and relaxing touches that are synonymous with an Oakman Inn.”

Closing for major make-over and larger restaurant

Eagle-eyed locals will have spotted that time has now come as the Council has granted Planning Permission for the proposed changesand work on the newly extended Orangery-style, glass-fronted restaurant has already started. To complete its major make-over, the pub will close from Monday 10th July for five weeks and mark its re-opening in time for August Bank Holiday by hosting this year’sSwanbourne Music Festival next door.

Additions include a traditional wood-fired pizza oven, a prominent theatre-style open kitchen which will serve the increased covers, a more flexible function room and more comfortable seating in the bar and lounge areas. To take advantage of the views, 2017 RHSChelsea Double Gold Medallist, Kate Gould, has been commissioned to design a new Al Fresco area, revitalise the gardens and landscape the larger car park – complete with an electric car charging point.

Recruiting for twenty new jobs

General Manager Jack Ashmore.

When The Betsey Wynne re-opens, food service will start an hour earlier at 9:00 am with a wide-ranging Breakfast and Brunch menuin line with Oakman’s “All Day” food policy and, with the additional restaurant covers, the pub’s General Manager, Jack Ashmore, is looking to double his team of chefs, restaurant and bar servers, managers and front of house.

As the only hospitality company ranked in the top 10 of this year’s Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For’, job opportunities at Oakman Inns are usually in high demand. Through its in-house training platform, ‘Oakmanology’, the company offers a range oftraining and career development programmes so that every employee has the opportunity to develop their skills, shape their careerand reach their potential within the company.

For example, over 72% of their General Managers have been promoted from within – and this number is set to rise as the teams make their way through their trainee programmes. Jack is testimony to the Oakman philosophy having followed the Oakman career pathover the last three years. He commented: “Oakman Inns is a great pub company to work for. There’s a real sense of belonging to the Oakman ‘family’. Whether you’re looking for part-time work to fit in with a busy home life or you’re looking for a career, our company offers more than just a job and a good working environment – they want every one of us to realise our potential whether you are interested in learning skills in crafts like mixology or butchery or training for future leadership and management positions.”

He added: “The Betsey Wynne is and always will be an integral part of village life in Swanbourne. We want it to be the best pub in the area and provide a place where people can relax in the company of friends, family and business colleagues with good food, drinks and service – and we hope our enhancements will be well received.”


The Betsey Wynne will be closing from Monday 10th July and will re-open week commencing 14th August.

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The Betsey Wynne presents The Swanbourne Music Festival on Sunday 27th August – tickets and more information