The Station House name was chosen by Brakspear and Evans as it reflects the building’s history: it was Henley’s Police Station from 1868 to 2004 and two police cells remain within the pub’s interior, while the new pub sign shows a silhouette of a policeman wearing a traditional ‘custodian’ helmet. The change of name was made as a result of legal restrictions linked to the logo imposed by the previous owners, City Pub Company, who have also taken out the microbrewery.
The menu at the Station House will include pub favourites such as fish & chips and sausage and mash as well as rustic comfort food, such as pan roasted guinea fowl; winter roast roots and Stilton tart, and chorizo, potato and kale soup. In addition to lunch and dinner menus, sharing platters provide a more informal dining alternative, while brunch is offered at weekends. Heading up the kitchen team is head chef Daniel Anderson, an award-winning chef who worked alongside Evans in London. Evans is also recruiting full and part-time staff, to take the total team up to at least 15.
The drink offer is still being finalised, but will include a house beer, the aptly-named Bobby Dazzler, a 4% ABV golden ale, brewed from English pale ale malt and the finest English aromatic hops. The Station House will also serve a selection of craft beers on draught and in bottles such as Shipyard APA, Revisionist and Freedom 4, as well as a carefully chosen wine list.
Evans said, “Craft beers are booming at the moment and we’re pleased to be offering a selection for the growing number of drinkers in Henley looking for this style of beer to enjoy on its own or with food.”
Evans has worked in the hospitality industry for 11 years, working in restaurants and then as general manager of two Fuller’s gastropubs in London. The Station House is his first pub as a tenant.
He said, “There’s clearly a strong following for the pub among Henley’s residents, which is a great start for our new business. The Station House will be serving great food and drink, in a welcoming atmosphere and, most importantly, with a real focus on customer service. We hope past customers and new faces will visit us soon and discover what’s special about our offer.”
Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said, “We’re delighted to be reopening the Station House. Christian is a talented and experienced landlord and we are confident he will quickly turn it into a popular and thriving pub.”