Publican aims to bring punters into Burslem after taking on historic boozer

Familiar faces have taken over the Duke William pub in Burslem
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Publican Stephen Udall is aiming to pen the latest chapter in a historic boozer once mentioned in an Arnold Bennett book. And the landlord is hoping that affordable drink and food prices will help Burslem's Duke William continue to prove a draw in the Mother Town.

Stephen is part of a new team at the St John's Square boozer which dates back to around 1815. Enjoying a prominent location in the heart of the town the venue had previously stood empty for three years since it was brought back to its former glory in 2010.

That extensive overhaul saw many of the original features lovingly restored with a restaurant also launched. It's also mentioned in Arnold Bennett’s Old Wives’ Tale, where it is referred to as the ‘Marquis of Grandby’. Bennett noted how it sits ‘at the top of the Square’.

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Now in the current day and Stephen is no stranger to making a pub successful as he also manages The Potter in Longton. He told StokeonTrentLive: "We’re bringing people in to benefit Burslem - and share custom between the pubs.

"Burslem used to be a thriving night out so we’re hoping to bring people back out of their houses again, as a lot of people got out of the habit during Covid."

Pint prices vary between £2.90 and £4.20 while there's an extensive food menu. Some of the dishes include sirloin steak, buttermilk chicken burgers, hand beer battered fish, and there's also a children's menu. Customers can also bag themselves two pub classic meals for £14, two rump steaks for £16, or four starters for £12.

Stephen is also looking to provide entertainment. He added: "Upstairs will be an event area on Friday and Saturday nights, so we’ll be doing comedy nights and late night music from next weekend. We’ll also be hosting local acts and we’re thinking of having open mic nights too.”

The Duke William is open Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 11pm, Fridays from 4pm until 2am, Saturdays from midday until 2am, and Sundays from midday until 11pm. It will be serving food on Wednesdays to Fridays from 4.30pm until 9.30pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from midday until 9.30pm.

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