Public House of the Month
Near Redhill, Surrey
The Dog and Duck at Outwood is a traditional, quintessentially British, country pub set in beautiful surroundings, serving superb home-cooked food that is sourced from fresh local produce.
Outwood, Near Redhill, Surrey RH1 5QU
Tel: 01342 844552
- Car Park
- Dogs Allowed
Congratulations to Waine and Donna at the Dog & Duck who have won Pub of the Month for December. We caught up with Donna to see what she had to say.
How and where did you start in the hospitality industry?
Our background in hospitality started when we were 17/18 when we worked for Burni Inns. This is where we met.
How has your previous work differed from your current one?
When we left Burni Inns we entered careers in the police force. Waine was in Surveillance for 16 years and I was a Detective in the force for 15 years.
We also ran our own ice-cream parlour 17 years ago.
Although in a lot of ways the previous work that we have done is very different; we have always had contact with the public – meeting and speaking to a wide range of people.
What do you like best about managing your public houses?
We took on the Dog and Duck in March 2015, and have very much enjoyed getting back into hospitality.
The best thing about managing our own public house is that we work for ourselves.
We love having a social job where we are always meeting new people. We also love receiving positive feedback and find it very rewarding when we have guests visit based on recommendations from others.
How do your team sum up the Hall and Woodhouse values?
Hall and Woodhouse promotes high standards and good quality and we replicate these values in our own public house. We have a very professional outlook to the work that we do and our team works hard to ensure that our guests are well looked after.
What’s your favourite pub event of the year?
Last year we really enjoyed the Easter Bank Holiday weekend as it was very busy and very successful. We held an Easter Egg Hunt for the children and we hope to do this again this year.
How is your pub part of the local community? And what kind of people do you have visiting your pub?
We are very much part of the local community and are dog, cyclist and family friendly. We have a wide variety of guests that come to see us; local residents, local businesses, families and people travelling. We also have a spacious function room that we use for a variety of events including music evenings and weddings.
What’s good to see and experience in your area after a visit to the pub?
We are very much a location pub so there is not an awful lot to see and do in the local area. There is however a lovely National Trust walk and the oldest working windmill nearby –The Outwood Post Mill.
And lastly, if you were to recommend a perfect combination of Badger Ale and a meal for your guests, what would you recommend?
I would recommend our homemade steak and ale pie; paired perfectly with a pint of Badger First Gold.
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