The Keep is a small bar with a big selection

Choose from over 80 gins, dozens of craft beers, ales, ciders and wine. As a freehold, we love nothing more than to sell local booze and rotate our draught beers and cider to reflect the best Oxfordshire has to offer

 

From the Cotswolds to California, from South Stoke to New Zealand we have what people are talking about, or maybe what they should be talking about.

ABOUT

OUR STORY

A NEW BEGINNING

HOW IT ALL BEGAN
HOW WE'VE EVOLVED

'The Keep' originally was meant to be a 'micropub', only the second to open in Oxfordshire. A 'micropub' is a small shop front converted into a public house, primarily serving real ale, a white and red wine and stricly no lager. There were also other things such as no background music and no fruit machines. 

 

We wanted to take this idea and put our own stamp on it. We wanted what we think makes a good pub but had to bend the rules of the 'micropub'. We always play music but at a level where it doesnt interfere with conversation, we dont show sports and we most definitely serve lager! So we are hardly a 'micropub' but we feel we have created an atmosphere almost anyone will enjoy.

At the start we had only 4 gins. Bombay Sapphire, Hendricks, Sipsmith and our most popular Rhubarb and Ginger gin. We were selling so much of it and word was getting round town that we sell nice gins, so we built on it and kept buying more and more, until a menu had to be made as we were losing our voices explaining all the different ones we had.

We have adapted to what we think the town needed and listened to what the customers wanted: a speak-easy bar promoting comversation, no TV screens, a comfortable non pretentious atmosphere and lots of choice of drinks.

Rob and Sam played cricket and worked together in a pub long before they were business partners

 

After University and a few uninspiring jobs they decided to start something together and in the Summer of 2015 the idea for 'The Keep' was born from the ashes of a neglected, empty shop front in Wallingford

 

 Richard Strange, reviving an old Wallingford businessman DJWorking with a mentor from the Prince's Trust, they opened a record store with local favourite whilst they waited for a license to sell alcohol

 

Wallingford opened its arms to a new pub and in May 2016 'The Keep', on Castle Street, opened for business.

 

 

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