Anyone venturing down to Lock 29 in Banbury, the town’s recently regenerated canalside food, entertainment and shopping hub, will find Tap Social’s newest venture, which opened on Friday.
The gleaming Tap Social bar forms part of a food and drinks area where visitors can pick and choose the street food they require, grab a drink, sit and enjoy the vibe.
“We want it to be a destination venue and a community space”
And with outside seating opening up canalside next week, and a pop up bar to match, guests can also count on a spectacular view.
Tess Taylor, Tap’s CEO, hopes Tap’s new opening will help draw Banbury’s residents into the centre to enjoy the site and relax with a drink and something to eat.
“We want it to be a destination venue and a community space,” she says. “It’s so pretty there beside the canal. We hope this will mean more people get to appreciate that. It’s a really nice place to hang out”
“The regeneration of the whole canalside area is really inspiring and tap social really wanted to be a part of that”
Serving its own beer, brewed at The Taproom in Botley, Oxford, as well as guest beers, spirits, bubbles and wine, Tess says the whole team is enormously excited about opening in Banbury at the Castle Quay Quarter and keen to spread the word about Tap’s social enterprise ethos to rehabilitate prisoners and ex offenders.
“opening a tap social bar at banbury’s lock 29 was too good an opportunity to turn down”
So how did Tap come on board? “It was too good an opportunity to turn down,” Tess says. “We were approached just after Christmas and thought we’d have The White House (the new Tap pub on Oxford’s Abingdon Road) up and running in time to take on the Banbury site as well.”
“so far we’ve had an amazing reception in Banbury”
“The regeneration of the whole canal side area is really inspiring and we wanted to be part of that. Plus we liked the idea of lots of independent vendors, and food and drink companies, coming together in one space.”
“We want to capitalise on all the passion and energy we have as a young company and make sure we keep that momentum going”
“So we are now the bar providers both inside and out and so far we’ve had an amazing reception in Banbury,” she says in delight.
Tap’s next venture is to open a similar enterprise in The Covered Market in Oxford around September time. “That will be more event based – music, comedy but a similar vibe.”
READ ABOUT TAP OPENING IN THE COVERED MARKET HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/tap-socials-new-bar-in-oxfords-covered-market-will-spearhead-regeneration-project-with-food-and-drink-hub-and-evening-opening-hours/
So the’ve a lot on their Tap plates at the moment then? “Yes but that’s the way we like it. We want to raise awareness of the work we do in prisons and with ex-offenders in supporting and rehabilitating them, while breaking down the social stigmas around that,” Tess explains.
“We consider ourselves lucky to be part of so many amazing projects. We want to capitalise on all the passion and energy we have as a young company and make sure we keep that momentum going, but we have a great team and everyone is so on board.”
To find out more about Tap Social click here: https://www.tapsocialmovement.com
To find out more about Lock 29 click here: https://www.lock29.co.uk