Set on the northern side of Crimp Hill, overlooking the picturesque Berkshire countryside and just three miles from the centre of Windsor town, The Oxford Blue dates back to 1829 when it was opened by Waterloo veteran, Tom Evans of The Royal Horse Guards, also known as ‘The Oxford Blues’. The pub benefits from its ideal location within the Royal county of Berkshire, an area rich with history and culture, making it one of South East England’s most popular short break destinations. Nearby local attractions which draw visitors to the area include the River Thames, Windsor Castle, the world-famous Ascot Racecourse, beautiful parks and gardens and a wide range of places to shop, dine and stay.
In 2015 the pub underwent a significant refurbishment, marrying the finest elements of tradition with modern comforts; creating a relaxed environment for visitors to enjoy a unique take on traditional English-fayre. Prior to closing in March, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the venue had built an exceptional reputation for offering high-quality cuisine and was popular with both locals and visitors to the area.
The property comprises a substantial two-storey detached building, featuring a pitched tiled roof and single-storey flat roofed extension to the rear. Refurbishments and updates to the property have included wholesale replacement of all the plant, machinery and kitchen equipment and an internal reconfiguration, and the external areas have been extensively landscaped, with the addition of a mature herb garden off the rear terrace.
The sale of The Oxford Blue presents a unique opportunity for a new chef proprietor looking to acquire a high-end dining venue and continue the successful reputation created by the previous operators.
Ed Bellfield, Regional Director at Christie & Co is handling the sale and comments, “We expect the property to appeal to a wide range of buyers including those looking to purchase a single asset as well as those looking to expand their current portfolio. There is significant scope for an experienced owner/operator to benefit from the recent investment in the site and from its unique location close to Windsor and Runnymede.”
The Oxford Blue is available on a freehold basis off a guide price of £1.5 million.
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