Sydney’s Oxford Tavern has been acquired by Thorpe Hospitality’s James and Josh Thorpe.

It’s the second venue for the brothers who purchased The Taphouse in 2017 before launching natural wine bar Odd Culture on the second level last year.

The Oxford Tavern is now open under the Thorpes who will get to know the locals before making changes to the pub.

“The Oxford Tavern has been one of our favourite Inner West venues for a long time,” says James. “The pub has a rich and colourful history in the area, and whilst we will be refreshing certain elements, it is really important to us that the pub retains its incredible charm”.

The brothers will continue their passion for independent breweries at the Petersham venue and will offer a range of local brews on-tap.

James and Josh have plans to launch their own label. “We’d love to brew our own beer for the pub — ridiculous, commercially unviable beers that are tasty and a lot of fun,” says James. “Everything from hazy to barrel aged, sour and even smoked.”

The Tavern’s smoker will make a comeback, with the food offering set to revolve around smoked meats such as brisket and pork belly.

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