THE Oak Inn at Staplow is a popular pub with people in Ledbury and Malvern. Here we speak to Chris and Heather Owen Howell about the pub:

What is your full name and are you the landlord of your pub? Christopher Owen Howell and Heather Owen Howell and we are managers of The Oak Inn Staplow

How did you get into the pub trade? I sold advertising to many pubs & restaurants and an opportunity arose through one of my customers

How long have you been landlord of the pub?

Just over three years

Do you have many regulars / notable punters?

Many regular customers who attend many of our events and give us fantastic support

What is the best selling beer/drink the pub serves?

Bathams best bitter from Stourbridge, we have a special longstanding relationship with them and collect barrels every other week

Do you sell food? Yes our strap line is ‘HOME OF COUNTRYSIDE COMFORT FOOD’ we offer traditional british cuisine, authentic Italian homemade pizzas, our steaks are hugely popular and all our desserts are homemade. Plus we cater for all dietary requirements

If so how much does an average meal of starter/mains/dessert cost? On average a three course meal approx. £30.00 obviously a few dishes

Do you cater for/allow children in your pub? Yes indeed, they can order all of our dishes as child’s portions and in particular they love our 6” pizzas,

What are the pub’s opening hours?

Seven days a week, serving lunch noon to 2.00pm Mon to Sat and Sunday noon to 3.00pm plus dinner 6.00pm til 8 30pm Mon to Sat and Sunday 6.00pm to 7 30pm. Plus open for drinks between food services

1) We haven’t changed anything in the pub since the first lockdown, hence we wear masks, table service only and social distancing tables as our customers safety is our priority plus we post a DAILY COVID update every day on our social media

2) On Christmas Day we became the No 1 restaurant in Ledbury out of 32 others according to TripAdvisor. Having been in the top three for the last 3 years

3) Team Oak are renown for our events with live music, cinema, pamper mornings and a monthly charity quiz. Next up is our first quiz of the year on Sunday January 9 at 7.00pm in aid of St Michael’s hospice and our first James Bond movie night showing ‘No time to die’ on Wednesday 12th January arrive for canapes at 6.45pm

4) We are very proud of our website which was won many plaudits designed by Heather’s son Josh. You can book a table or one of four luxury guest rooms