Brakspear underlines commitment to hotel business with re-launch

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The parent company of Henley pub firm and brewer Brakspear has expanded its foothold in the hotel sector with the re-launch of The Lion at Wendlebury.

Following a refurbishment the property now features 13 new bedrooms and a renovated main bar and a new general manager has been appointed to drive the business forward.

Brakspear bought The Lion in November last year, adding it to its growing managed division, which now numbers 12 sites.

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New at the helm of The Lion at Wendlebury is general manager Claire Lenkowiec, an experienced hospitality professional who has worked in the sector for 17 years, most recently as general manager at Carluccio’s in Bath. She will be overseeing the staff team of 20.

Brakspear chief executive, Tom Davies, said: “The opening of these bedrooms is the culmination of a project we started on purchasing The Lion last year. They look absolutely stunning and we’re confident they will be in demand from overnight and weekend visitors to the area, including shoppers at Bicester Village just a couple of miles from the pub.

“We’re delighted to welcome Claire to the Brakspear team; her experience of managing food, drink and accommodation in previous roles makes her the perfect GM to take The Lion forward and maximise the potential of this terrific pub.”

Brakspear’s managed estate now comprises 12 pubs. With the addition of the bedrooms at The Lion, eight of the sites now offer accommodation, with a total of around 115 rooms.

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