Landlords Jim and Claire Alexander left successful careers in the music business in 2007 to fulfill their lifetime dream of running a country pub, which they found in the shape of The Ebrington Arms - a village inn that had been serving the good people of Ebrington since the 1640s.
Although keen to grow the business and greatly expand its reach, both Jim and Claire’s priority was to retain the pub’s role in the community while sourcing the bulk of the produce the serve from local suppliers – or more accurately, the pub’s locals.
A baptism by fire would be a huge understatement for the task they undertook, but they’ve since renovated the pub and its five luxurious B&B rooms and have greatly increased the capacity of the restaurant – not to mention picking up a clutch of awards including two AA Rosettes for seven consecutive years and the award for CAMRA North Cotswold 'pub of the year' three years running and four years as runner-up.
In 2012 Jim and Claire also purchased, renovated and re-opened The Killingworth Castle, a previously derelict17th century coaching inn located just a few miles from Oxfordshire's magnificent Blenheim Palace.
Two years later they launched their own craft beer range, under the banner of The Yubberton Brewing Co. The three ales, all brewed in the Cotswolds, are available at The Ebrington Arms, The Killingworth Castle and several other local pubs.