- Launch of The Bears’ Lair 2019 (2/28/2019)
The Dog & Doublet, Sandon was very privileged to be the chosen venue to host the 2019 launch of Stafford’s “Bears’ Lair” competition, where we welcomed the Bears, business supporters and applicants for this years event.
The Bears’ Lair encourages local, Stafford, budding entrepreneurs to enter the competition which holds a winners prize worth over £15000 – including professional legal advice, accountancy support, branding advice, a business buddy for a year and more!
The application window opened at the launch event and applications are welcome from any local business – new start ups, a businesses looking to expand, or a starting point for a new idea. The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is resident within the Stafford area or who has a business registered in Stafford.
This is the second year The Bears Lair competition has been in existence and last years winner Ben Popple from Mr Popple’s Chocolates joined us for the evening.
Also in attendance were all five Bears: Carthy Accountants, Bespoke Creations, Nowell Mellor Solicitors, Stafford Railway Building Society and Verso Creative who were ready to welcome potential applicants to introduce themselves, explain how the process works and gave the opportunity to answer any questions they may have.
Application forms can be obtained by clicking here. The application window is open until 5pm on Wednesday 26th June. Shortlisting takes place on Wednesday 24th July. The shortlisting event is a closed event and takes place on a blind basis in terms of the Applicant’s personal details, so as to avoid any potential conflict in terms of existing associations with any of the Bear firms. Shortlisted applicants will then present a live pitch at the Grand Final event to be held at our four star, sister hotel The Moat House, Acton Trussell, Stafford on Wednesday 24th September. Immediately after the pitch presentation, finalists will be questioned by the Bears’ regarding the business proposal before the winner is announced at the end of the evening.
Tickets for the Grand Final event will be on sale very soon – keep an eye on their website thebearslairstafford.co.uk
All proceeds from The Bears Lair are donated to a local charity which for this year, announced at the launch event, is Stafford Together A new sustainable endowment fund for the Stafford area, Stafford Together is designed to support the voluntary sector in a sustainable way for the long term. The aim is to raise a similar amount to other successful schemes locally, where they have made an appreciable difference to their local areas.
Stafford Together will be the first – and only – local fund that allows people to support their community, with all moneys raised staying in the area.
- Booking.com Guest Review Awards 2018 (2/19/2019)
The Dog & Doublet are celebrating today having been notified that we are the recipients of a booking.com Guest Review Award for 2018.
Our popular Arts and Crafts period county inn, located in the village of Sandon, in the heart of Staffordshire, offers traditional innkeeper hospitality attracting both business and leisure guests.
Achieving a score of 8.9 out of 10 means The Dog & Doublet has achieved one of the highest scores on the Booking.com website and we are delighted that our commitment in providing excellence in hospitality has been recognised.
We would like to thank every guests who has taken the time to provide feedback to booking.com
The Guest Review Awards programme is Booking.com’s yearly appreciation programme that recognises partners for their exceptional hospitality, as evidenced in the review scores left by guests after their stay.
Booking.com was founded in 2000 when Netherlands based bookings.nl merged with Booking Online. It’s headquarters are based in Amsterdam.
- Dog & Doublet Refurbishment (1/15/2019)
The Dog and Doublet at Sandon will close its doors at 3pm on Sunday 13th January until 5pm on Tuesday 22nd January for a refurbishment of the popular country inn’s kitchen and an internal redecoration of the ground floor.
Located in the village of Sandon on the A51, midway between Stone and Rugeley, The Dog and Doublet is run by The Lewis Partnership who operate several establishments in Staffordshire including The Moat House at Acton Trussell, The Red Lion at Bradley and The Bank House at Hixon.
The Dog and Doublet refurbishment will be centred around the installation of a new kitchen. Scott Smith who has worked for The Lewis Partnership for over two decades and has been Head Chef at The Dog for the last five years said, “We’ve physically worn out integral parts of our kitchen due to our high trade levels. This closure gives us the opportunity to carry out the mammoth task of replacing our kitchen floor with the specialist knowledge of Rugeley based, Phoenix Flooring. Once this is done it’s then about installing new kitchen equipment including the latest Rational Combi and Blue Seal ovens and grills and Foster’s energy efficient refrigeration.”
The kitchen will not be the only area having some attention during the shutdown, the ground floor will benefit from some tender loving care with new curtains and light fittings, additional furniture and a full redecoration throughout. Rebecca Carroll, Operations Manager at The Dog and Doublet said, “It will be fantastic to see The Dog refreshed and ready for the new year ahead. In the 8 years The LP have ran The Dog and Doublet it has always been a popular choice for locals and passers-by alike and as such is in much need of some TLC! We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to see our new look.”
During the refurbishment The Lewis Partnership are again championing local suppliers from Staffordshire such as Wallace Contracts from Stoke on Trent who will be doing the painting and decorating, Express Curtains in Stafford will be making all our new curtains, Stoke-on-Trent based E2 Contract Lighting will be providing all our new light fittings and all the new furniture is being made less than 4 miles away at Taylors Classic Furniture in Stafford.
The Dog and Doublet will reopen on Tuesday 22nd January at 5pm with a brand-new menu that celebrates seasonal food and our trusted local suppliers. Bookings are already being taken for the reopening and you can book online at https://www.doganddoubletsandon.co.uk/eat
- LP Rewards – the Loyalty Scheme You’ve Been Waiting For! (1/24/2018)
We have recently unveiled our new, highly anticipated loyalty scheme – LP Rewards
LP Rewards is an App based scheme which rewards our guests with Loyalty Rewards Points for every £ spent on food and drink at any Lewis Partnership property.
Rewards Points can then be exchanged for gifts in our points shop!
Not only that but we give you a £5 gift to spend on your next visit just for downloading!
- Closed for food from 1st -5th February 2016 (2/1/2016)
We are undertaking some TLC in our kitchen between 1st – 5th February 2016 and will therefore be unable to serve food during these dates. Our bar will remain open from 11am-2pm and 5pm-11pm. Normal service will resume on Saturday 6th February!
- The Food Awards England 2015 (11/6/2015)
We are delighted to have been shortlisted as finalists in the Gastro Pub of the Year (Midlands) category of The Food Awards England 2015!
Now in their second year, the awards are designed to celebrate and reward the very best in England’s food sector. Nominations are received from the general public a commend the talented individuals and businesses who are dedicated to constantly delivering high-quality dishes, produce and supplies to ensure impeccable service to their customers
The awards take place on Sunday 8th November at the The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. We’ll keep you posted!
- Head Chef Opportunity for Newly Acquired Staffordshire Gastro Pub (10/8/2015)
We are now searching for an experienced and talented future Head Chef to run all aspects of the kitchen within our new acquisition which will trade as an unbranded country gastro pub.
This means you will have the best of both worlds – the support, benefits, incentives and opportunities of a larger company, with the autonomy, creativity and individuality of an independent.
We require a Head Chef who wants the opportunity to create their own seasonal menus, to produce top quality food using fresh and seasonal ingredients, putting together outstanding classic dishes, so creativity and a good eye for detail is essential.
The ideal candidate must:
- Have relevant experience in a similar, unbranded pub/restaurant and be comfortable working in a fast paced and demanding environment
- Be classically trained
- Be a natural communicator and inspirational to your team, encouraging and developing the very best of them
- Have extensive knowledge of seasonal food, alongside suitable experience working with fresh produce, menu design and cost, as well as ensuring high levels of health and safety compliance
- Experience of CaterCost and ResDiary is a preferred skill
- Level 3 Food Hygiene or above
-30% off on all food & drinks outside the working hours
-training & development
-28 days paid holiday pro rata
-bonus scheme, based on hygiene audits & food cost %
The recruitment process will include two interviews with our Group Executive Chef and Company Director, you will also be required to provide suggested menus and participate in a Cook-Off
Closing date for applications Friday 16th October 2015
Applications in writing including CV and covering letter to Human Resources at
The Lewis Partnership, c/o The Moat House, Lower Penkridge Road, Acton Trussell, Staffordshire, ST17 0RJ
- Event Diary 2015 (9/9/2015)
- Gin Festival 2015 (9/9/2015)
- Crabbies Grand National Festival (4/2/2015)
During three extraordinary days there will be moments of high drama on the famous Aintree turf.
Grand Opening Day on Thursday 9th April promises to be the ultimate curtain raiser to The Crabbie’s Grand National 2015. This is followed by Ladies Day or Fabulous Friday, which will bring a touch of elegance.
Grand National Day sees the thrilling combination of human endeavour and equine fortitude as 600 million people watch live on television. 40 horses and jockeys will line up to race across the famous fences including Becher’s Brook, Canal Turn, Valentine’s and The Chair.
To celebrate this unique sporting weekend we will be serving a Crabbies Afternoon Tea throughout the duration of the 3-day festival.
Call us to book your space on 01889 508331