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The Old Manse Hotel – August

Old Manse Hotel

The Old Manse Hotel is a Cotswold-stone country inn that dates from 1748. Brimming with character and charm, it is set in the picture-postcard village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England. With its fabulous setting, lovely terrace and views of the gentle River Windrush, The Old Manse is a truly lovely place to get away from it all. There are 15 comfy en-suite bedrooms, all with up-to-date décor and everything you need for a relaxing stay. After a long day sight-seeing you’ll find cosy beds, fluffy towels and crisp linen ready to welcome you for a good night’s sleep.

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The Lister Arms – June

Beer Garden gift ideas

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2019.

Drive or walk across our stone bridge and leave the every day far behind. Arrive and you’ll feel like your holiday has really begun. We are surrounded by spellbinding scenery in the stunning Yorkshire Dales.

From challenging climbs to more leisurely hikes, we have hills and walking trails in abundance. There are some spectacular cycle routes too. Leisurely peddling through picturesque villages or high adrenalin action up steep slopes. We are genuine dog lovers and even make our own biscuit treats for your four-legged friends when they come to stay.

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The Bridge – March

The Bridge Beer Garden

With its river towpath and pleasant river-side views there are delightful strolls along the river to be had from The Bridge. There’s also a boat mooring facility and the Cam Sailing Club close by. The Bridge is the perfect venue for walking, cycling and boating enthusiasts. Along with its warm welcome The Bridge has a large riverside beer garden and serves traditional pub food tasty Sunday roasts and a wide range of wines and cask ales. We pride ourselves on classic pub food cooked with care. Whether it’s hand-battered cod & chips, the gourmet burger or the ever-popular ‘Brewer’s Chicken’ now is the time to rediscover your old favourites. Make sure you try our traditional Sunday roasts with a huge a Yorkshire pudding and unlimited gravy. The team at the Bridge are passionate about our food menu so you can relax and enjoy our quality dishes and great service at this fantastic venue.

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Incentive and Motivation Magazine – September 2013

“Pubs offer a different experience,” says Dominic Lavan of Pub Tokens, “Some people are more comfortable in a pub setting and pubs have a number of benefits: they tend to be sociable, informal environments where people can relax; they have different areas, such as the bar and the dining area, for people to move in and around; and they come in many forms, from family pub, to country inn to gastro pub.

“A pub presents a much more flexible, socially fluid environment, designed to help people socialise with each other, which makes them a much better setting than restaurants for events such as a team night out.”

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Marketing Week – July 2013

Dominic Lavan, managing director of, which supplies gift vouchers and works with pubs across the UK, says there is a need to make sure that the original offer is profitable, because the customers who are attracted through heavy discounting will dine out elsewhere depending on the best offer.

Lavan says: “Once consumers get used to eating for half price, it is very difficult for them to switch back to paying full price and so long as pubs and restaurants continue to offer these promotions there are a growing number of consumers who may be lost entirely as full-value customers. I am not convinced that these consumers are suddenly going to revert to previous behaviours once the economic outlook improves.”

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The Morning Advertiser – October 2012

Pubtokens gift vouchers service attracts 250 more pubs

Pubtokens, a service that provides gift vouchers for use across the UK pub market, has added 250 more pubs to the scheme, taking the total number of redeeming outlets to nearly 1,400.  

Participating managed pub chains include Greene King, JW Lees, Marston’s, Shepherd Neame, Daniel Thwaites and Young’s, as well as a growing number of freehouses, tenanted and leased pubs, according to Pubtokens managing director Dominic Lavan. “We targeted the big boys initially to get critical mass,” said Lavan. “But we’re looking to partner with more and more pubs of all types all the time, so that when someone receives a Pubtoken they will always have a pub round the corner at which to redeem it.”

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The Daily Telegraph – October 2009

Britain’s beer lovers will soon be able to pay for a pint in their local pub using gift vouchers like those popular in high street stores, a new report discloses.

The first-ever voucher scheme designed for use solely in licensed premises is set to be launched next month and pubs are being urged to get involved.

Giant pub companies Greene King, Young’s, Thwaites and Hall & Woodhouse have already signed up and their pubs will be among more than 1,000 outlets where the tokens can be used when the scheme launches on November 12.

Dominic Lavan, managing director of the company behind the new scheme, Pub Tokens, said it will allow pubs to cash in on the £3.2 billion spent on gift vouchers every year in Britain.

“This is a great opportunity for the on-trade and it gives consumers another option rather than buying vouchers for the high street,” he said.

Customers will be able to buy vouchers from the Pub Tokens website in £10 and £20 denominations. These can then be spent on food, drink and accommodation at pubs listed on the site. Pubs then redeem the vouchers with Pub Tokens.

For pubs taking part it is a way of attracting new trade, Mr Lavan told the trade magazine The Publican.

He said: “These are a great gift for Anniversary, Valentine’s Day, birthdays or any other occasion and it encourages people back in the pub for special occasions.

“People will not only redeem the vouchers but they are always going to be inclined to up-spend in cash while they are there.

“If we are going to compete with the high street we have to have a scheme supported by a wide variety of pub operators.”

Publication: Daily Telegraph October 2009

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The Independent – October 2009

The best gift bar none? Beer vouchers! 

People unsure about what gifts to buy for friends and relatives have long relied on unoriginal presents such as high street store vouchers. Now, they will be able to provide their loved ones with something they might really want – Pub Vouchers.

More than 1,000 pubs have signed up to take part in the scheme. Pubs owned by the brewers of Old Speckled Hen, Bombardier, Tangle Foot and LCL Pils will be accepting the vouchers as payment for beer from 12 November.

“These are a great gift for Anniversary, Valentine’s Day, birthdays or any other occasion and it encourages people back in the pub for special occasions,” Dominic Lavan, managing director of Pub Tokens, the company behind the scheme, told The Publican.

The concept of exchanging vouchers for beer dates back to the 19th century. Under the new scheme, drinkers will be able to buy tokens from the Pub Tokens website in £10 and £20 denominations, before using them in exchange for buy drinks and food at the bar. Mark Hastings, a spokesman for the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “Sometimes if people get vouchers from their aunt, they put them in the drawer and forget about them. But in reality, book vouchers and the like have been largely successful so there is no reason why pub tokens cannot be also.”

Asked whether the tokens could be accused of promoting irresponsible drinking, he said: “Millions of people every week socialise in British pubs, this is just a way of making it easier for them to enjoy that.