The Duck Inn in Redditch reopens under new management following refurbishment
6 March 2020
The Duck Inn in Oakenshaw, Redditch re-opens this weekend under new management following a £150,000 four-week refurbishment by Heineken owned, Star Pubs & Bars.1
The new licensee, events manager Vicki Gaffey2, previously ran the Worcester Warriors rugby club public bar on match days and was on the committee for Cancer Research’s Relay for Life events at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester.
With events in her blood and music and sports a passion, Vicki is going to make live music and live sports a major feature of The Duck Inn, which she is intent on making a pub for the whole community from families to retirees.
Vicki said: “I’m keen that The Duck Inn lives up to what Redditch residents want and to reignite the community spirit. It will be the only family-friendly pub in the area that offers sports, a fantastic food and drink offer and live music – everything you could want in one venue.
“I’ve always wanted to run a pub and am excited about this new business venture. I hope my enthusiasm is infectious and that others enjoy the ambience and variety the pub offers. The Duck Inn as everything I am looking for – a great space in a fantastic location with a lovely garden backing onto a spinney.”
Funds have been spent reconfiguring the pub to make it work better as a multi-function space. Everyone can now see a TV screen wherever they are. The décor and furniture have also been refreshed including new booth seating and revamped toilets as well as a new eye-catching Wurlitzer jukebox.
A screened off part of the pub with capacity for 120 with its separate entrance and facilities will now be available for private functions including family gatherings, parties and will be somewhere for local clubs to meet as currently there is nowhere else suitable for functions in the locality.
The outside of the pub has been tidied up with new seating, planters and festoon lighting at the pub to add to the ambience and make the pub more welcoming.
Foodwise, The Duck Inn will serve good quality pub classics such as cod & chips, burgers and salads, as well as vegan and vegetarian dishes, sharing platters and a children’s menu with special kid-sized cutlery and crockery.
The pub will open from 12.00 with food served from 12.00.
The Duck Inn will have premium and craft beers and ciders, including Heineken, Amstel and Birra Moretti, alongside draught cider, top quality wines and spirits and a cocktail menu. It will also have Heineken 0.0 ideal for those not wanting to drink alcohol and a new barista coffee machine.
In addition to sports and live music, Vicki’s plans to build a rhythm of the week including food and drinks promotions, quizzes and community events.
She added: “I want the pub to be as much a focal point of the community in the day as it is in the evening. So there will be coffee and snacks for business meetings, parents and toddlers in the day and a lighter lunch for retirees.”
Paul Linton, Regional Operations Director for Star Pubs & Bars said: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with Vicki to return The Duck Inn to the heart of the community. Vicki’s events management background, active role in the community and experience managing a busy bar are perfect for The Duck Inn. With her passion, high standards and attention to detail driving the pub forward, the pub will offer lots more reasons to visit and a great meeting place for the community as a whole. I wish her well.”