The Old Court Hotel To Re-open

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The Old Court Hotel To Re-open

Posted: 02/04/2008 13:45:46

The Old Court will reopen on 18th April having undergone extensive refurbishment after the serious flooding which swamped the hotel's restaurant and bar on 21 July 2007.

The hotel, located in Bridge Street, Witney will be opened by the artist Caroline Shotton at an invitation only party on Thursday 17th April. The owner of The Old Court, Julian Bones, is a great fan of Caroline's work which features in the restaurant as well as each of the ten bedrooms.

He says, “It is tremendous that Caroline has agreed to come and open the hotel. I love her work, and I have made a Caroline Shotton picture the focal point in every room.”

The Old Court will open for business on 18th April, and one of the first to pop in at lunchtime will be the Right Hon David Cameron MP.

In the evening the ever popular Dirty Earth Band will be playing from 9.30 pm. This is the first of a series of regular music and special event nights to be held throughout the year.

From Friday 18th April, the bar will open all day from 11 am for food and drinks with a fine selection of wines, cocktails and beers. Julian is passionate about good beer and he has vowed that The Old Court will serve the best pint in the town – if not the county! As a Free House, there will be a wide range of real and guest ales, especially from local Cotswold breweries such as the Donnington Brewery. If it isn't quite the right time of day for an alcoholic beverage, The Old Court is a great place to drop in for a relaxing cup of coffee or tea by the fireside.

The fourteen foot bar itself has been salvaged and renovated. Seasoned for five years and hewn from a single piece of red elm from Stow-on-the-Wold.

Food will be served in the bar and the restaurant throughout the day until 9.30 pm. The new chef, Girts Purins, has designed a menu based on locally sourced fresh produce. He says, “Our ingredients will be local, seasonal and fresh. Everything will be made to order on the premises. We will offer popular traditional English dishes with a selection of light meals and specials which will change daily, including vegetarian and fish options.” The Old Court regulars will welcome back old favourites – a steaming bowl of garlicky moules mariniers, Monty’s Gourmet Burger and the beautifully tender steaks, for which the restaurant became famous.

On Sundays, from 12-6pm The Old Court will serve a roast lunch from the carvery, accompanied by mounds of roast potatoes and all the trimmings. A feast for only £8.95.

Upstairs, the bedrooms have also been refurbished. Each of the 10 rooms has been individually designed with its own character, featuring one of Caroline Shotton’s pictures. The luxurious honeymoon suite has a four poster bed and en suite jacuzzi, and features original work from local Witney artist Eva Adams.

With 10 bedrooms there is accommodation for wedding parties, special occasions and events, as well as for business and leisure visits. Situated in Witney, The Old Court is well placed for touring the Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford, Blenheim Palace and Woodstock.

In July 2007, the flood waters reached up to 4 foot deep and lasted for three days. Once the water subsided there were eight industrial dehumidifiers and twelve fans running continuously for five months, until Christmas, to dry out the building before the refurbishment could begin in earnest.

The closure of the Old Court has been difficult for the owner, Julian Bones. He admits that is has been a struggle to keep afloat, “The flood meant that I suffered an immediate loss of income. Since then I have had to battle with the banks, the insurance company and even the Town Council. It has been a very difficult and stressful time.”

“However, it is wonderful to be open again, and we are looking forward to welcoming old friends and new customers.”

To book and for further information: The Old Court Hotel, Bridge Street, Witney, Oxon.
Tel: 01993 703228 or visit the website:


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