Brakspear’s in-house design team worked to a brief of giving the pub - which dates back to the 1850s - a stylish transformation that retains the site’s heritage. Thus traditional features such as oak beams, sash windows and antique prints were retained and combined with modern elements which include bi-folding doors and a large screen to show live sport.
The Dog & Duck has also expanded its food and drink menus as part of the revamp. Alongside seasonal British pub classics, the pub will offer grills, salads and pizzas from the kitchen’s wood-fired oven, as well as an express-lunch menu and a carvery menu on Sundays.
Moreover, an expanded wine and cocktail menu – featuring a range of 10 speciality gins, and a wide selection of wine including Champagne and Prosecco – compliments Brakspear’s range of cask ales, world beers and ciders as well as craft beers such as Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, and Goose Island.
Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies commented: “We are delighted to be reopening the Dog & Duck as our 10th managed pub.
“We are basing the pub’s offer on the Retreat at Staines, which we opened a year ago; high-quality food and drink in an informal, welcoming setting with broad local appeal. While we want all our managed pubs to have their own individual character, as we expand the managed division there are also benefits from rolling out the best elements into new sites.
“We are confident the Dog & Duck will quickly become one of Wokingham’s most popular pubs for drinking, dining and relaxing with friends and family.”
As reported by The Morning Advertiser, the Dog & Duck transferred from Brakspear’s tenanted and leased estate in September this year along with the Little Angel in Henley-on-Thames.
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