Family run, dedicated & energetic staff
Dedicated and Passionate
The Baskerville is owned and run by the Hannah family who took over the pub in 2002. Allan and Kate Hannah handed over the reins to their son Kevin in 2012 who is our friendly, hands-on manager. Since the recent passing of Allan, a pillar of the Shiplake community, Kevin is now director of The Baskerville, along with his mother Kate. Kevin is supported by his wife (another Kate Hannah!), his deputy manager Sophie and their team of young energetic individuals who are mostly residents of Shiplake. One member of the Baskerville team has followed in the footsteps of three older siblings who have all worked for the Hannah family in the past.
If you’re a regular at The Baskerville or even if you’ve visited us just once, you’ll certainly know this friendly Scottish lad. This is Kevin Hannah, son of Kate and Allan Hannah.
The former car salesman turned pub landlord has a passion for good food and local produce and is a self-confessed petrol head. His love for cars can be found over on the @carsofthebaskerville Instagram account. He admits when he first started he’d never pulled a pint before in his life but soon picked it up and has never looked back since. Working behind the bar is his “window to the world”, giving him the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe. This is his favourite thing about his life at the Baskerville: the people.
Kevin is at his happiest when he’s surrounded by his family (his wife Kate and 4 children) sipping a glass of Laphroaig whisky and talking about classic motors.
This is Sophie, our hardworking deputy manager who loves hiking, fine wine and is also a keen numismatist. Her best Baskie moment? In her own words…
“The local residents will know that Shiplake can be prone to power-cuts in bad weather. It’s wasn’t long after I started my job here 3 years ago when we all lost power one early evening. It was dark outside so I filled the bar and windows with candles, lit the fire and carried on serving. Every drink had to be written down! We turned out to be quite busy, many people had lost power and the street lights were out but families came in looking for hot food. We played games and music and everyone ended up having a great night!”