TWO West Oxfordshire pubs are reopening after extensive refurbishment.

The 17th Century Killingworth Castle in Wootton, near Woodstock, which has been closed for nearly a year, will open again on December 1 while The Chequers in Churchill, near Chipping Norton, opened its doors earlier this month.

Killingworth Castle has been bought by Claire and Jim Alexander together with business partner Dan Howson, who will manage the pub as landlord.

The Alexanders also own the Ebrington Arms, near Chipping Campden, in Gloucestershire, which has won two AA rosettes for its food and has been three times voted the CAMRA North Cotswolds Pub of the Year.

Mr Alexander said: “We have already been really warmly welcomed by the village and it is exciting to be putting a pub back into a community.”

Meanwhile, The Chequers has been bought up by Sam and Georgie Pearman, whose company, the Lucky Onion, also operates the Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach and The Tavern in Cheltenham. It has re-opened after a two-and-a-half week refurbishment.