INSIDE Oxford's newly revamped pub The Up in Arms is an offshoot of a popular city centre coffee chain.

The Missing Bean has teamed up with the Dodo Pub Co. on the group's recent relaunch of the Somerset pub in Marston.

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Following an inspection by Oxford City Council's health team last month, the business has now been given the highest possible rating of five stars.

Operating as a separate business within the same building as the pub, there is even a hatch onto the street to serve coffee directly to customers from 8am, before the pub opens an hour later.

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Ori Halup, who started the Missing Bean in 2009 with Victoria Troth, explained: “The Dodo company's Rusty Bicycle and our Roastery Cafe are next door neighbours in Magdalen Road so we've known them for years.

"They thought it would be a good idea to team up as Marston doesn't have anything like we offer and it would benefit both of us to bring our expertise to the building and attract more customers."

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The Somerset, which reopened as The Up in Arms in April following a £500,000 refurbishment, was saved following a long-running campaign by residents who battled for five years to rescue it from closure.

Mr Halup admitted it had been a slow start for the cafe, with some initial confusion over whether the Missing Bean was only supplying coffee for the pub, as it does with several other local businesses.

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He said: “It has been a struggle because what we are trying to get across that while we are in the pub we are completely separate.

“I think it’s just getting that message through to people that we are exactly the same as our Turl Street and Magdalen Road cafes."

He added the five-star rating from inspectors, who rated food hygiene and safety as 'very good', would be a boost for the new venture.

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He said: “It’s really, really important to have a good hygiene rating and it’s been a lot easier because the pub has been essentially completely redone.”

He explained: “With our Turl Street cafe we are in a Grade-II listed building and always get four stars, not because of anything we are doing wrong but because of the age of the building.”

Andy Holland, kitchen director for the Dodo Pub Company, said while the businesses where separate and The Up in Arms did not have its own hygiene rating yet, they were pleased about the Missing Bean's high score.

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