New Doncaster town centre pub set to steam into business

The new Mallard pub in the Frenchgate Centre.

The new Mallard pub in the Frenchgate Centre.

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A Doncaster town centre pub named after one of the town’s most famous creations is to steam into business next week.

The Mallard, which is operated by nationwide pub chain Hungry Horse, will be unveiled to drinkers for the first time on Tuesday.

Situated within the Frenchgate Centre, the pub, the first drinking establishment in the complex, also has an outdoor garden terrace overlooking the transport interchange and railway station.

The pub was named by a local resident after the record breaking steam locomotive built in Doncaster at the Plant Works and which still holds the world speed record for steam locomotives.

The opening of the new pub will create around 40 full and part-time jobs.

Penny Smith, manager of the Mallard, said: “I want to create a strong team from the local area who can help bring our fun and inviting atmosphere to the people of Doncaster.”

Marc McGuigan, business unit director for Hungry Horse, added: “Hungry Horse is a fun-filled, action-packed brand, and we pride ourselves on providing our customers with excellent value, service and quality.”

The pub is the second in the Hungry Horse chain in Doncaster, The Cumberland on Thorne Road being the company’s other local outlet.

It is part of the Greene King network of pubs, which employs 23,000 people across the UK and operates more than 1,900 pubs, restaurants and hotels acrosss England, Scotland and Wales.

The opening comes just a week after the re-opening of the Red Lion after a £2.6 million refurbishment.