Craig & Sarah Oakley, The Oak, Stanstead Abbotts

Craig Oakley had dreamed of running his own pub since he was 15-years-old, and when he and his wife Sarah took on The Oak in Stanstead Abbotts, it really was a case of a dream come true.

As a Chef, with his own business catering for weddings and high-end events, Craig’s focus was very much on developing and driving the food-side of the pub, which has gained a first class reputation for specialising in fresh fish and seafood, with glowing five star reviews on social media.

Wych Elm“I’d always wanted my own pub, but buying a freehold or even a leasehold wasn’t an option because it’s just unaffordable, so a tenancy with Fuller’s was a good way to go,” explains Craig. “Fuller’s has invested a great deal in the premises, by redeveloping and refurbishing the pub, to help us create the successful business that it is today.

“Our BDMs have been very supportive too, especially in the early days, when we had so little experience but their expertise was there to guide us through. And even now, having spent lots of money on the developing the pub, Fuller’s is still prepared to continue to invest in the business as our needs and requirements grow.”