The Duck Inn in Redditch is Undergoing a £255k Investment

The Duck Inn in Redditch is Undergoing a £255k Investment

The manager at the Duck Inn in Oakenshaw, Redditch, Leeann Wallace, is so taken by the atmosphere at the friendly pub and its customers that she has decided to take on the pub’s lease herself and run it as her own business. To mark the occasion, Star Pubs & Bars, Heineken’s pub business, and Leeann are undertaking a £255k refurbishment of the pub.

The Duck Inn will be closed during the four-week refurbishment, which begins on 5th February, reopening on Mother’s Day. The upgrade will increase seating capacity at the popular pub, transforming it into a great family friendly dining pub offering all-day food and coffee. Around 10 jobs will be created as a result.

The changes to the pub include a complete interior and exterior redecoration to bring the pub up to date and create a fresh contemporary country look. In addition to new carpets, wooden flooring, a new bar servery, wallpaper and panelling and the addition of a feature fire, the furniture is being replaced with a mix of booth and freestanding chairs, high bar tables and large dining tables made of recycled scaffolding boards. 

A new larger kitchen will enable the pub to offer a broader menu and cater for the increased number of diners and its function business. There’ll also be a carvery at the end of the bar available every day. 

As part of the refurbishment, HEINEKEN is installing the latest beer dispense technology, its HEINEKEN SmartDispense system, which produces consistent superior quality draught beer and cider. 

Outside, the pub is being painted in grey with new burgundy signage and an improved entrance from the extensive carparking area. The beer garden is also having a makeover with new furniture and terracing. And, after many flagless years, the pub is to have a Duck Inn flag for its flagpole.   

When The Duck Inn reopens, as well as offering food all day, every day from 11am for the first time, it will also start putting on regular entertainment including live music.

Leeann said: “I must be mad starting up a business at this stage in my life, but I love what I do and could see The Duck Inn still had lots of unrealised potential. I’ve been working in pubs in some capacity for most of my adult life and am passionate about ensuring everyone has a great time. 

“The changes to pub are going to take it to another level. Everything will be better – the food, the surroundings and some new exciting beers, ciders and craft ales and lagers. With our new kitchen, we’ll also be able to host functions serving hot and cold food for up to 200 people.”

Says Tim Galligan, operations director from Star Pubs & Bars: “HEINEKEN is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and is investing in pubs like The Duck Inn to ensure they deliver excellent quality, attract customers and thrive at the heart of their communities for years to come.

“The refurbishment has created more space for diners and a comfortable, inviting interior. Like Leeann’s many regulars, we’re delighted that she has decided to take on The Duck Inn as her own business and wish her the very best in this new role.”