A full week of Bavarian excess is expected in September as The Black Horse in Standlake, near Witney, prepares for 10 days of Alpine festivities, food and beer.

Expect live Bavarian music and a full traditional menu organised by head chef Martin Sherriff who is hugely excited about the prospect.

“We’ve got Munich suppliers and Bavarian chefs, everyone is dressing up including the staff and we are going the full monty,” he laughs. “Everything from. the pickles to the bread and the beer will be authentic.

“It’s all new to me, and the hardest thing has been translating the recipes from German into English, but it will be a real feast. And it will look so festive with the band and the heaters and the lights outside, so we hope to be fully booked.

And having converted their outside space to accommodate more customers, things are looking very exciting for the hostelry which only opened its doors a year ago.

New heaters and a covered long gazebo menu that customers can remain socially distanced, weather-proofed and warm despite the encroaching winter.

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The pub near Witney has also massively flourished during lockdown bu offering a hugely successful takeaway and delivery menu early on, socially distanced VE Day celebrations, as well as being packed out for Eat Out to Help Out .

And what better way to celebrate than hosting their first ever Oktoberfest?

So what can we expect? The 10 day festival runs from September 25 – October 4 complete with polka music, a full Bavarian inspired menu, and of course, plenty of HofbrÀuhaus Traunstein beer & German wines!

Treats such as sauerkraut, apfelstrudel, liver dumpling soup, roast pork with crackling, breaded veal with traditional potato salad, duck with pickled cabbage, pretzels and so much more will greet you as well as some delicious looking sharing menus.

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Taking advice from authentic Bavarian chefs, Martin Sherriff is already raring to go. “We have done so well over the past few months and have not stopped working and cooking throughout the whole time and as we are doing so well we thought it was a good time to celebrate.

“It will all be safe and socially distanced, but we are so up for it.”

“It will be a proper Bavarian night out for all our loyal customers.

“It will be great to show everyone the transformation during lockdown because we can accommodate so many more people now and spent a fortune on heaters, so we have the room for it now because the grounds are so spread out and we have marquees everywhere.”


Having seen record numbers at The Black Horse over the summer, the pub has become an Oxfordshire favourite. “We’ve seen numbers we’d never have dreamt of when we opened up, so we are absolutely over the moon,” Martin confirms.

Come November plans are afoot for a second pub nearby, which will be totally different to The Black Horse in concept but run by landlord Nick Evans too.

Martin, who came from The White Hart in Wytham, another pub which has taken off in lockdown, must be delighted to be on board? “It’s just great to be part of something which has grown so fast and which people love. I’m delighted.”

To book your place at the 10 day Oktoberfest at The Black Horse in Standlake go to https://www.theblackhorsestandlake.com


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