A historic Burton pub thought to have been serving punters for nearly 250 years is undergoing a major revamp.
Scaffolding is up outside The Dog, in Lichfield Street, whose landlords are carrying out its first refit in seven years.
When the work is complete, the boozer – which is thought to have opened in 1776 – will look very different.
A new seating area is being installed, with the pub’s old commercial kitchen transforming into a bedroom.
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Plans for a new bespoke darts area are being carried out too, making it easier to navigate the pub without getting in the way of a game.
The doorway behind the bar will be ripped out, with the cellar doorway also being removed. Many customers have grown used to The Dog’s characteristic red ceiling down the years, but it is being “brightened up” and repainted in double magnolia.
New carpets and curtains are being fitted, with the leather seat rows being upholstered.
Outside, painting is being done, as well as minor repairs and cracks being filled in, but there will not be wholesale exterior changes due to The Dog being a listed building.
Landlords Craig Pearce and Loz Petrie said the Black Country Inns pub had needed a facelift since they took over in the summer.
Craig said: “It’ll still have a real local pub feel, but will just be made a bit brighter and bit better. I think it’ll go down well with our customers.
“It hadn’t had a revamp since Black Country Inns took it over seven years ago, so it’s in need of some work. They were waiting for us to come in before they made the investment.”
Since coming in, Craig and Loz have started offering their self-styled “Burton tapas”, including cobs, pork pies and cheesy Marmite straws.
They have also replaced the beer-count wall – listing all the beers that had been served there – with a dog pictures wall, filled with polaroids of all the pooches who have visited.
In terms of beers, they have opted to have two stouts or porters, one bitters and some hoppy pale ales on the pumps.
Craig said: “We don’t put on a vast number of similar beers and always have a good mix and change things up regularly.
“We tend to change the barrels every three-to-four days, with loads of guest ales.
“Probably the most popular one we’ve had was a Titanic Plum Porter Reserve, which is 6.1 per cent.
“Pale beers have been popular since we came in. In October, we had a tap takeover with Thornbridge brewery, which went down really well.
“We had people coming in from out of town to try the ales. We’ve got a similar event in the pipeline with Fallopian brewery.
“There’s been a step forward with entertainment as well and we’re planning to put more acoustic music acts on going forward. They’ve gone down really well so far.”
Most of the work is expected to be finished by March 2, in time for the Burton Ale Trail between March 3 and 6.
However, The Dog will be closed on March 7 and 8 while the new carpets are fitted.
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