Pug Pubs set to open second Punch Taverns site – with pop-up barber shop

Pug Pubs set to open second Punch Taverns site – with pop-up barber shop: Pug Pubs, led by Matt Crowther and Nigel Pinegar, is to open its second Punch Taverns pub, The Royal Pug, formerly The Sozzled Sausage, in Leamington Spa on Friday (11 April). Situated on Regent Street, the pub was closed for six weeks whilst a £250,000 joint refurbishment was carried out – the investment has created almost 30 new jobs including six new chefs. Inside, the pub has been redecorated in a vintage style with retro features and will have a pop-up barber shop towards the back of the pub. The pub now boasts a new menu featuring a range of pub classics as well as swinging skewers and stone-baked pizzas with a twist, such as ‘rah rah ok yah’ topped with salmon and cream cheese and the ‘chilly billy’ topped with chilli con carne. The drinks selection has also been extended to nine cask ales including the pub’s own ‘Royal Pug Ale’ brewed by the Old Pie Factory, The Fat Pug Ale brewed by Warwickshire Beer Co and will also feature a selection of wines from local Underwood winery. Crowther said: “For Pug Pubs, this is our second Punch pub and we wanted to invest in a pub that had the potential to be at the heart of the neighbourhood with something for everyone and accessible to all.”