Brother and sister, Rachel and Daniel Selman have taken over as the new landlords of The Unicorn. They are from a local Kingwood family, and attended Sonning Common Primary School, Chiltern Edge School and The Henley College.
Rachel, 20, is the landlady and Daniel, 24, with Rachel’s boyfriend Alex Smith, 29, are the chefs.
As well as running The Unicorn, Rachel is taking a degree in nutrition and food science at Reading University whilst Daniel trained as an apprentice at the Greyhound in Gallowstree Road. He has also worked at the Rising Sun in Witheridge Hill and the Maltsters Arms in Rotherfield Greys.
As a local, Rachel said ‘Most of the customers are friends and people we have got to know over the years.’
The Unicorn has introduced more bar food and basket meals for people who don’t want a large meal. The chefs source ingredients locally, including meat from Carl Wood butchers in Sonning Common.
The siblings’ parents, Colin and Alison, are helping with the accounts and administration while their grandmother Pauline Burling, from Sonning Common, brings in cakes and helps when extra desserts are needed.