The House Bar, Oxford

Oxford’s House Bar owner is delighted to reopen today after being rushed to hospital and nearly losing the business!

Oxford restaurateur Julian Rosser was in holiday in Spain when his arm started swelling up. He thought it was a bug bite but on returning home his heart began racing and after being taken to the JR, discovered he had sepsis.

“I’m very pleased to be able to say that it’s back to business as usual”

That was over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, and Julian, who also runs The Duke of Cambridge in Little Clarendon Street, The Anchor in North Oxford and The Crown in Woodstock, is still hospitalised as he fights off the infection.

The House Bar

In the meantime, after a misunderstanding with his landlords, his beloved House Bar in Wheatsheaf Yard in central Oxford was closed.

Now sorted out, the keys have been returned and The House Bar is due to reopen today (Thursday May 11) and Julian is delighted, even though he’s still in hospital.

The House Bar

“I’ve been pretty unable to do much from here,” he says managing to talk to me from the JR, “but we have sorted it out and we are reopening tomorrow.

“I don’t know how many people have walked past or tried to visit The House and thought that we’ve closed for good so I want them to know that we are back with a bang,” he says.

The House

The buzzing bar in central Oxford, which has its own games room, private terrace and legendary cocktail list, has attracted plenty of attention since it opened in early 2009, gracing the pages of Vogue, and featuring in Elle magazine’s Top 25 Bars.

So what makes The House such a success? “We have DJs on Friday and Saturday nights, great cocktails, a separate bar and games room upstairs which is great for parties, a pool room. People like going there to chill out have a drink, listen to some music.

The House Bar

“it attracts a really diverse crowds from students to people celebrating some major birthdays. It’s a cool, independent bar and we hope people keep enjoying their time there,” Julian says.

“So I’m very pleased to be able to say that now it’s back to business as usual.”

Julian Rosser before he got sepsis

We hope Julian gets better soon.

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