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26th March 2018

Red Oak Taverns invests £800,000 to bring 17th Century pub back to life in Bristol

An historic 17th century pub in Temple Cloud, Bristol has been refurbished by leading pub company Red Oak Taverns as part of a £800,000 investment. Temple Inn has been closed for a number of years, but now provides the community with a facility to eat and drink as well as 10 brand new en-suite rooms to let.

Red Oak Taverns has established a track record for breathing life back into pubs that have been run-down or fallen into disrepair.

The project was funded by a nine house development on brown field land alongside the Temple Inn, known as Temple Gardens which has delivered much needed housing to the area as well as providing additional custom to help sustain the long term future of the pub.

Mayor of West of England Combined Authority, Tim Bowles said: “This is a good example of sensible planning and forward thinking, making the best use of brownfield land to revitalize the village and boost the local economy.

“This new housing will help to fill a shortfall in the area, regenerating brownfield land and ensuring green fields are protected.”

Mark Grunnell, Director and Co-Founder of Red Oak Taverns comments: “It’s great to be able to breathe life back into a fantastic historic community pub.  The substantial funding required to provide a long term sustainable future for this important local asset has only been possible through the sympathetic and, subsequent RIBA Award nominated, housing scheme. Re-opening of the Temple Inn is a perfect example of the success that Red Oak Taverns can achieve by working collaboratively with Local Authorities and local communities.

He added, “Over the past six years, we have built our portfolio from 32 to 163 outlets, transforming many un-loved pubs back into thriving concerns.  The Temple Inn is one of the original thirty-two pubs we purchased back in 2011.  We’ve achieved this through investment and working together in partnership with our licensees.”

New managers, Andrew and Gail Morris, with 35 years experience in the industry, are managing the pub.

Andrew said: “We have been welcomed by the local community. Although we have only recently re-opened, we already have bookings for our letting rooms and the pub has been busy too.

“Situated just a short drive from both Bristol and Bath, we provide a great option for visitors who want a comfortable base for sight seeing or festivals.  Customers have the opportunity to sample locally sourced West Country food and ales in a historic community pub setting – all at a competitive price”.

Food is served at the Temple Inn throughout the day, 7 days a week.  For further information visit

Temple Inn

Main Road, Temple Cloud,

Bristol BS39 5DA

01761 451145


Notes to Editors

Temple Gardens, Temple Cloud

The 9-house development consists of a mix of new-build as well as converted townhouses and semi-detached properties. The homes blend Bath and Somerset tradition with a striking contemporary finish, using high quality materials and well-considered design that compliments the local area. Each home benefits from generous and light-filled living areas, full height French doors leading into private gardens, a downstairs cloakroom, master en-suite and a spacious family bathroom. Particular attention has been given to sculptured, communal gardens to emphasise the family and community feel of the village surroundings

Red Oak Taverns attention to detail has been recognised by the Bath & North East Somerset Conservation Officer, who said when submitting his comments on the Temple Gardens development to planning committee:

“The layout and form of the proposed development will result in attractive groupings of built form enclosing spaces to create a distinct character. It is refreshing to see a site specific design proposed which responds to local distinctiveness, rather than “off-the-peg” house types and layouts generally used by the volume house builders with little regard to local character.”

Temple Gardens has also been recently nominated and shortlisted for the RIBA Awards 2018.

Temple Cloud sits in the heart of the Somerset Countryside, bordering the Mendip Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is well connected and a short drive from the cathedral cities of Bristol, Bath and Wells.

Leisure facilities nearby include Chew Valley Lake renowned for its scenic beauty offering windsurfing, sailing, nature reserve, fishing, walking and a number of public picnic sites.

Also close by is the leisure complex of Farrington Park, set in 200 acres of Somerset countryside with a 27 hole golf course, a driving range and other leisure facilities.

Background Red Oak Taverns

Formed in 2011 by Aaron Brown and Mark Grunnell, Red Oak Taverns is an entrepreneurial national pub company which comprises 163 mainly leased and tenanted pubs, but also includes several managed and franchised venues.  The Company is privately-owned by its co-founders and a small number of like-minded individual investors.   The pub estate is mainly concentrated in the South, South West, North West and the Midlands.

Further details can be found on the Company’s website:

For further press information or interviews with Mark Grunnell, Red Oak Taverns contact:

Gill Shaffer


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