Donnington pub hoping for return to former name
The pub, currently known as Harry’s Bar and Kitchen, is hoping to revert back to its previous name of the Fox and Hounds once the relevant paperwork has been approved.
As part of the restoration, customers can expect improvements to the bar and restaurant, a new and improved menu and new reclaimed furniture in the next 18 months.
There are also plans to hold a ‘pie night’ every Wednesday evening and a ‘curry and live music night’ every Thursday evening.
Eric Norberg, who runs the pub, said he was hopeful that the pub will have its former name back within the next eight to nine weeks.
“This place was only Harry’s bar for two years, but it was Fox and Hounds for 300 years before that and it’s time it went back,” he said.
“I’ve had a lot of support from local residents and the West Berkshire CAMRA said they were happy for the name to go back to how it was.
“I’ve already set up a Facebook page and hope to have the website up and running by the end of the week.
“We are now just waiting for the licensee paperwork to be approved before we can officially change the name on the signs, which should hopefully happen in the next eight or nine weeks.”
The pub’s restoration coincides with the recent re-opening of the Fox and Hounds motorcross track next door – something Mr Norberg is confident will attract more customers through the doors.
“I’m hoping the re-opening of the track will see both riders and spectators come in for a pint and a bite to eat,” he said.
Mr Norberg also added that the pub has experienced a busy period of late, with punters taking advantage of the current heatwave by flocking to the pub’s garden.