The local community turned out in force to celebrate the official re-opening of the Dukeries Lodge in Edwinstowe following a £250,000 refurbishment programme carried out by the pub’s operators, the Pub People Company.
Over 200 guests and local people attended the opening event and enjoyed free samples of food from the new menu. Guests could also choose from the wide range of beers on offer including cask ales from popular local breweries like Welbeck Abbey and Castle Rock Brewery, locally produced cider, Scrumpy Wasp from East Markham and a limited edition bottled beer, Jeremiah Weed that is only available for eight weeks. Guests were also treated to entertainment by close up magician David Fox.
The bar, lounge and restaurant have been completely re-designed and refurbished with brand new decoration, furniture and floor coverings whilst still ensuring that the traditional character of this 18th century coaching inn is retained.
The 17 en-suite bedrooms, which were refurbished by Pub People soon after they took over the Dukeries Lodge in 2010, have been further improved with upgrades to the fittings.
The refurbishment programme continues outside too with the pub being completely redecorated externally and new signs erected. Improvements are also being made to the outside drinking areas and car park.
The pub has re-opened under the new brand ‘Fresh & Local’ reflecting the emphasis that the pub is placing on the food which is freshly prepared on site using the freshest ingredients sourced, wherever possible, from local suppliers.
The pub features a new chargrill with 17 different steaks and steak dishes on the menu making the Dukeries Lodge the number one place for a freshly cooked steak. Also on the menu will be a selection of traditional pub favourites, authentic Indian curries, homemade burgers plus much more to choose from.
The emphasis of the food offering is on providing good value family friendly meals, with Kids Eat for £1 Monday -Thursday and free desserts on Saturdays. Everyone is catered for on the menu with food deals throughout the week and a Sunday lunch special deal.
There will also be entertainment and activities on a weekly and monthly basis too with live bands and artists and a new weekly quiz night.
“We were delighted to see so many local people come and support the re-opening of the Dukeries Lodge,” said Andrew Crawford, operations director of the Pub People Company. “Since taking it over in August 2010 we have made a number of improvements including the introduction of new menus and bar products and a focus on local fresh produce that we use to produce good quality homemade food. The pub has also recently secured a 5-Star Food Hygiene rating – the highest rating possible which is great news. The quarter of a million pound investment that we have made with this refurbishment programme further rejuvenates the pub and expands the food and drink offering, building on the part the pub plays in the growing community spirit of the village. We have also created new jobs for kitchen, waiting and bar staff in the process.”
The refurbishment work was carried out by a number of local companies including Wasp Contracts of East Markham who are the main contractors, Nottingham Decorators, Clear Blue Gas, Newhams and Ashleigh Signs.