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Community and food are at the heart of The Duke’s Head

Dukes head roast
Sunday roast at The Duke's Head in Wokingham

A WOKINGHAM pub is celebrating the start of a New Year with a special offer for our readers.

Since taking over The Duke’s Head in Denmark Street five years ago, Adrian and Julie Taylor have worked hard to improve the popular inn’s food offerings.

Throughout the week it offers a menu that caters for all tastes and pockets, offering everything from full-on Sunday roasts to a budget busting £5 daily specials.

New for 2018 is a midweek deal of home made soup and doorstep sandwich for £6.

Its signature burger is called – what else? – The Duke, and sees a tasty burger topped with a slice of pork and cheese.

And it’s all served in its cosy, but bustling, pub opposite Wokingham’s library and minutes from Carnival Pool car park in one direction and the Town Hall in the other.

The couple pride themselves on their menu, which changes regularly.

“Food is so important to us,” said Mr Taylor.

“Our regulars like coming in for food.

“Some people expect us to be a dining room, but we’re not. We’re a pub that serves simple, honest home-cooked food.

“We’ve got a warm welcome, an open fire and a chance to while away a very happy evening or afternoon.”

And Mr Taylor also likes to offer his customers the best possible value he can find.

He said: “Our £5 daily special includes dishes like chilli con carne, lasagne and stews. It’s all good, wholesome stuff and it’s all freshly cooked.

“We don’t buy any meals in for our main courses.”

The pub, which also acts as an inn with rooms available to rent, has real ales on tap including Brakspears Bitter, one that changes regularly and a monthly special from brewers such as Marston and Wychwood.

“It’s all beers that we’re proud to serve,” Mr Taylor said. “Everyone loves our beer.”

The Duke’s Head is more than just a place to enjoy a pint. Mr Taylor is determined that the town centre venue, which has its own car park, also reaches out to all ages.

“We’re an essential part of the community. We’re good for darts and we offer coffee mornings for parents with children,” he explained.

“We’ve got games for them to play and rather than go to coffee shops where children have to sit in buggies, they can play in a safe space.”

The Taylors want to invite you to try it for yourself with a special reader offer: buy one Sunday roast and get a second absolutely free. It’s a roast meat, such as beef or chicken, or a vegetarian option such as a home-made goats’ cheese pie.

To take part in the offer you need to pre-book to ensure they have enough roasts available, and also bring with you the voucher printed below or click here to download the PDF.

The voucher expires on March 31, 2018.

For more details, or to book, call 0118 978 0316 or log on to www.dukesheadatwokingham.co.uk

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