A pub company based in Oxfordshire was forced to stop selling street food earlier this year but it is now hoping they bring back their food trucks.

Oak Taverns was told by the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to cease trading in August after the pub company had not ensured that it held the permits required for street trading to take place legally.

The company, which has been running for 25 years with several pubs in the South of England, described the news as "heartbreaking".

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Since then, an application for street trading consent has been made for Oak Taverns pubs including the Crown pub in Marcham.

The notice lists a number of different vendors including Dyllies Pizza, Friends and Favours, Fink Street Food, I’m Japanese and BBQ Sams.

Witney Gazette: The former Crown pub in Marcham The former Crown pub in Marcham (Image: Contributed)Approval is being sought to allow any one of these vendors to trade on any day from noon to 9pm.

There is a public consultation on the plans which lasts until October 2.

Director of Oak Taverns, Simon Collinson, said: “We are working with both councils to come up with a solution that allows us to trade as we were before this becomes an issue and we will know more in about 28 days or so.

“We are looking forward to getting the food trucks properly up and running as soon as possible.”

A council spokesman said: “We have been giving advice and guidance to Oak Taverns so they can co-ordinate the street trading applications with vendors to obtain the permits required to operate legally at its sites.

“A notice has been placed at the Crown pub in Marcham as there are a number of applications in process for that site.

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“This is important as it means local residents can give their views.

"Once the 28-day consultation period is closed, the applications will be determined as outlined within our street trader policy.

“We remain committed to resolving this issue constructively.

"We suggested a co-ordinated approach for the street traders’ applications so that all the relevant consultations could happen at the same time and any costs to the traders could be minimised."

In their original statement, Oak Taverns admitted the halt of its street vendors was a "real blow".

A company spokesman said: “This is heartbreaking to us as a company, we have seen our local vendors buy extra food trucks from working with us as their small food businesses were flourishing.

“Not to mention the drop in trade for our managers who work tirelessly hard to ensure that our customers have a great experience in our pubs.

“And as for us as a company, we too will see our profits drop massively. It is a particularly hard time for anyone in the hospitality industry, so this comes as a real blow."