An Oxfordshire pub which has only been under new ownership for less than two years has been handed a prestigious country pub award.

The King and Queen in Longcot village, near Faringdon, has been present White Horse CAMRA Country Pub of the Year 2022.

Owner Markus Hodson brought the business with his partner Danielle Bowyer, 28, in the summer of 2020 when they both decided to leave their office jobs.  

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Mr Hodson, 53, told this newspaper that he is “flabbergasted” they have won the award because it their first pub which they have only owned for 20 months.  

Hr Hodson said: “We have just got a fabulous team and who cannot thank enough because obviously if they were not helping the customers or turning out the food from the kitchen like they do, then we would not have a business.”

Mr Hodson explained that setting up the business during the “dire times” of the pandemic was extremely difficult.

However, Mr Hodson feels CAMRA has recognised the business for keeping the products local, serving good beer and ensuring guests are looked after.

As well as this, the bed and breakfast operation they have at the business offers a relaxing environment for people to stay in.

Mr Hodson called the recognition from CAMRA a “real lift”.


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