Prospect Pubs & Bars to open fifth site, The Joiners Arms in Bloxham

Prospect Pubs & Bars to open fifth site, The Joiners Arms in Bloxham. Left to right: Dan Shotton and Mark Draper
Prospect Pubs & Bars is set to open its fifth site, The Joiners Arms in Bloxham, in mid-January 2022. Left to right: Dan Shotton and Mark Draper

Prospect Pubs & Bars, owned by Dan Shotton and Mark Draper, is set to open its fifth site, The Joiners Arms in Bloxham, Oxfordshire, in mid-January 2022.

The Joiners Arms sits at the heart of the rural village of Bloxham, near Banbury, just a stone’s throw from the Cotswolds. A Grade II listed property was originally built in the 16th century as an inn with a courtyard and stabling to serve travellers that passed through the village.

The building retains many of its original features, alongside a continued ethos of offering a warm, home-from-home welcome to local villagers and those from further afield.

New owners, Prospect Pubs & Bars, are currently undertaking a major refurbishment and extension program on the property, sympathetically restoring it back to its former glory whilst also adding to and enhancing the venue’s dining and outdoor areas.

Inside there will be space for 130 dining covers thanks to a new orangery restaurant added, alongside the current tables in the bar, snug and private dining room. Outside, an extended 70-cover terraced patio will extend the venue’s alfresco drinking and dining, plus there’s a cosy hidden garden and children’s play area as well.

Open all day, every day, The Joiners Arms food offering will focus on locally sourced, seasonal dishes, with a menu that includes all your favourite pub classics, as well as more premium ‘gastro’ dining options, daily specials, an extended grill section and plenty for vegans and vegetarians.

The drinks offer will include local and well-known beers and ales, alongside premium international beers and ciders, premium spirits, a wide selection of wines, low and no alcoholic options and a range of barista-made Fairtrade coffee and teas.

Dan Shotton, Director at Prospect Pubs & Bars, said: “We’re delighted to take ownership of The Joiners Arms and cannot wait to get this much-loved site back up and running again. The Joiners is a fabulous country pub of scale and compliments our other sites in the region, namely The Evenlode in Eynsham and The Royal Oak, Marlow.

“Across the Prospect Pubs estate, all our sites stand by the same ethos. We aim to create authentic British pubs that stand up for good old-fashioned hospitality, offer a warmth of welcome and embed themselves into the local community. In a nutshell, they’re pubs that we would love to visit ourselves, and we can’t wait to put The Joiners Arms onto this list.

“Building work is almost complete at the site, and it has been fabulous to see so many of the original features of this historic building being brought back into the forefront for everyone to enjoy.

“With an accomplished General Manager, Sian Smith, already in position, and recruitment for the rest of the team well underway, we look forward to opening our doors to Bloxham and beyond in the new year.”

The Joiners Arms will open in mid-January 2022.

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