Pub & People

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Our Village

Worminghall is a village and civil Parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England.

The village is beside a brook that forms most of the eastern boundary of the Parish. The brook joins the River Thame, which forms the southernmost part of the eastern boundary.

The western boundary of the Parish also forms part of the county boundary with Oxfordshire. The village is about 4.5 miles (7 km) west of the Oxfordshire market town of Thame.

The village name is derived from Old English meaning “Wyrma’s nook of land”, The Doomsday Book of 1086 records it as Wermelle.

It evolved through Wormehale in the 12th and 13th centuries, Wrmehale in the 13th & 14th centuries, Worminghale in the 14th and 15th Centuries and Wornall is still its common local pronunciation although it is now spelt Worminghall.

J.R.R.Tolkien, in his novel ‘Farmer Giles of Ham’, suggests that the ‘worm’ element in Worminghall is derived from the dragon in the story.

Our Medieval Pub

The Clifden Arms public house is a timber framed building with brick noggin and thatched roof. The older part is medieval and the newer wing was added in the 17th century .

The pub’s current name is more recent, being derived from an 18th or 19th century Viscount Clifden who was the heir to the advowson of the parish of Worminghall.

Until about 12 years ago the pub had always been a Free House priding itself on good beer and quality food. It is now under new ownership and is once again trading as a Free House.

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Our People

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Gabriel Apahidean - Head Chef


The eye candy in the team, too cool for school. Gabriel is always smiling and has a calm presence in our kitchen team. Nothing is ever too much bother, with over 18 years of experience within the industry. Gabriel is currently taking applications for a wife!

Drink of Choice – Fresh Smoothie

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Jodie Hartree - Events & Wedding Co-ordinator

 

With the lovely Jodie in charge everything will be perfect on you Special Day and arranged with military precision.  Her warm smile and wonderful chat will welcome you to the Pub

 

Favourite Tipple - Quince Gin & Tonic

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Jude Bishop - General Manager
 

Jude is our Mother Hen, she keeps everything running smoothly. There’s nowhere for the staff to hide at the pub, as she knows her way around every aspect of the business – blindfolded! She’ll be sure to welcome you with her huge smile and massive personalities. If you haven’t tried one of her Sunday Roasts, you’re missing out!

 

Drink of Choice – New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

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Luke - Sous Chef 

 

Luke is the spice merchant in our lives.  He love to add a pinch of this and a pinch of that.  Luke has worked in the industry for 12 years, both in the City and in the sticks.  

 

Favourite Tipple - Babicka Vodka

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Shaun Grist - Front of House Manager

 

With cheeky chappy Shaun in charge Front of House, you will definitely get the best of service with a smile, especially when it comes to describing our desserts

 

Favourite Tipple - Hoxton Gin & Tonic.

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Grace Blackwell - Accountant


The font of all knowledge! Grace manages our books, but her talents don’t end there. She’s a full time mummy, epic cake maker, pianist and friend to all. You’ll know Grace is in the building when you hear her wonderful laugh.

 

Drink of Choice – Gin & Schweppes Tonic.

Proprietors


Robert Porter-Smith – The Money Man & Spreadsheet Wizard
Gill Porter-Smith – Creative Director & Head Honcho
Mike Berthet – All Round Handy Man & Food-Know-It-all

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