AN award-winning 19th century pub in an Oxfordshire village is up for sale.

The Oxford Arms in Kirtlington, near Bicester, needs new owners to take it over and continue serving good food and drink to the local community.

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The pub, situated off the A4095 which runs through the centre of the village, was run by chef patron Bryn Jones for the past 17 years, during which time it has received several contemporary updates and improvements, which blend with its original features.

The open fireplace, stone walls and exposed beams have all been retained, giving the property a traditional feel.

Mr Jones said: "It has been a great pleasure living and working in this wonderful and supportive community. The pub has been part of the heart community for so long and we are sure whoever takes over from us will be equally welcomed."

The property is set amongst picturesque grounds, which include outdoor seating with heated parasols for 30 plus guests and ample private parking.

There is also a well-kept trade garden with room for additional covers and beyond this, a kitchen garden which is used for seasonal dishes.

It also has a three-bedroom owners flat across the first floor above the pub, with a double loft area that has potential to be converted into more living space.

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Building on the reputation established by Mr Jones and his partner, there is a chance to further grow the business.

The pub has been brought to market by specialist business property advisor Christie & Co.

Tim Widdows, business agent in Christie & Co’s licensed hospitality team is handling the sale.

He said: "A beautiful and flexible pub/restaurant allowing a new owner a great opportunity to continue trading in a similar way or vary the offering in their own style."

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