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By Michael Hegarty
Oxford’s drinkers were dealt a blow last week when The Red Lion closed its doors for the last time before it is turned into a restaurant.
The pub’s owners, Premium Country Dining Group, made the decision to replace it with a business “very much aimed at diners”.
Current manager Richard Heap told the Oxford Mail: “The new owners think a change in direction to a more food-led operation is what the business needs.”
“I think it will do well in Oxford”, he continued. “The place will be more of an eating house than a restaurant.”
The building The Red Lion occupies dates back to the early 20th century, during which it has undergone many changes of name.