A month on from the closure of a popular restaurant named in the Michelin Guide, new owners have thrown the doors back open as they take on the venture.

The White Oak in Cookham closed on Sunday, April 14, after a successful 15-year-run.

The closure was put down to the end of the owner's lease and failure to re-negotiate a new one.

Now Brucan Pubs have been confirmed as the new owners - making The White Oak their fifth pub as they bring their award-winning hospitality and food offering to the village.

Brucan Pubs was founded in 2018 by industry expert James Lyon-Shaw.

The White Oak reopened on Monday, May 20, with a focus on British seasonal produce, with a regular changing menu, extensive selection of beers, quality wines and seasonal cocktails.

Brucan Pubs currently operates four other pubs in the collection: The Greene Oak (Windsor) and The Drumming Snipe (Mayford), The Greyhound (Finchampstead) and The Star (Witley).

The new owners hope to rescue The White Oak from closure and "breath new life and traditional hospitality" back into the heart of the community.

The menu will offer daily, hyper-seasonal specials, and plenty of British game, meat and wild fish.

James is passionate about sourcing the finest ingredients from the British larder and showcasing them in traditional dishes such as; Berkshire asparagus with truffled lardo; Half dozen Jersey rock oysters with shallot dressing; Brixham plaice, crayfish and dill butter or Portland hogget, sweetbreads, rigatoni and broad beans.

Serious meat lovers can expect 45 day aged native and rare breed steaks on offer as well as the best of local game from Vicars Game when in season.

A spokesperson from Brucan Pubs said: "The White Oak has been a hugely popular local pub for the last 15 years and the team at Brucan Pubs who this year won Best Food offer at The Publican Awards for the second year in a row aim to continue the legacy whilst bringing their own style and values to the community asset.

"James has big plans to revive the passion for people and produce whilst putting the community and local suppliers at the very heart of the whole operation."

Chris Hurter has been named as the new Head Chef at The White Oak, who has years of confident cooking under his belt.