A multi-award winning pub in Warwick is set for a new chapter as it changes ownership.
Tom Douglas, pillar of the Warwick licensed trade and well-known character around the town is handing over the reins of the Old Post Office pub in West Street to the husband and wife partnership behind recently reopened pub The Eagle (formerly Rigsby’s cellar bar).
Rachel Silverthorne and Tim Maccabee took on The Eagle in 2022 and now are also taking on The Old Post Office from April 10th 2023, reuniting the two pubs under one ownership.
Both pubs are members of Warwick Chamber of Trade, which works to help promote Warwick as a tourist destination and to share news and promote its businesses to both locals and visitors.
The Old Post Office has become a firm favourite in Warwick, both amongst locals and visitors, offering a unique drinking experience, specialising in cask and craft ales plus a range of ciders. A family concern, the Old Post Office has benefited from the experience and character of Tom, wife Gill and daughter Gemma for nearly 10 years. Thanks to the friendly atmosphere and great range of beers selected by Gemma Douglas, the OPO has been a frequent award winner including CAMRA branch Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year more than once.
Tom Douglas said: “I’ve had a long career as a publican, in Warwick, Barford, Edghill and many other places over the years. It’s time now to enjoy being on the other side of the bar and let Tim and Rachel put in the hard work. We had the chance to create the OPO back in 2014 and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved, establishing it as a pub of real character with a thriving locals’ community.
“We’ve liked what Tim and Rachel have done at The Eagle and feel we’re passing the OPO on to trusted hands to take it on to the next phase of life.”
Tim Maccabee said: “We’re more than delighted to be given the opportunity to take the OPO into a new phase. While we conducted a complete refit of Rigsby’s cellar bar, turning it into The Eagle back in 2022, there won’t be any such transformation this time around – the OPO is the OPO and will retain its unique and charming character.
“We look forward to seeing Tom, Gill and Gemma plus other regulars in the pub through the rest of 2023 and beyond.”