Brakspear opens new flagship boutique in the Cotswolds to mark ‘biggest investment to date’


Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has reopened the doors of the Frogmill near Cheltenham, which will become the flagship boutique hotel in its portfolio.

The 16tth century inn in Shipton Oliffe, near Andoversfold, Gloucestershire, is now Brakspear’s biggest managed site and comprises a 100-cover restaurant, bar, 28 bedrooms and wedding and conference facilities for up to 150 guests.

Brakspear purchased the Grade-II listed Frogmill in December 2015 and the inn has been given an extensive eight-month redevelopment, including creating a bar at the heart of the site in a former cellar space and transforming the inn’s former bar area.

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The redesign has retained many of the building’s original features including fireplaces, flagstone floors, exposed beams and a wisteria-covered stone pergola and watermill in the grounds.

The Frogmill’s new-look restaurant area has been extended with an open plan layout and will offer an all-day dining menu as well as a speedy ‘working lunch’ midweek.

A Josper oven and American smoker are at the core of the kitchen.

The kitchen team is being led by head chef Jonathon Pons, formerly of the award-winning Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire and Cheltenham’s Ellenborough Park.

He will work with Brakspear’s executive chef Arthur Knights to develop the new menus.

The Frogmill’s boutique bedrooms have been designed to offer style and comfort, with Feather & Black beds and statement wallpapers from William Morris and Zoffany.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: “The redevelopment of the Frogmill has been an extensive project, which has seen our biggest investment in a site to date. We are really excited about the potential of this fantastic inn.”

He adds: “I’m really proud of what we have achieved in terms of the look and feel of the Frogmill and its food, drink and accommodation. We have a great track record of running successful, award-winning pubs and have a strong infrastructure and great team in place to enable us to replicate our success at this larger, more complex site.”

The Frogmill takes Brakspear’s managed estate to 12 sites. The division was formed in 2013 with the opening of the Bull on Bell Street in Henley-on-Thames and includes pubs across the Cotswolds and south east. Eight sites – including the Frogmill – currently offer accommodation, with a total of just over 100 rooms.


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