Wokingham Today

£400,000 makeover for Molly Millar pub

- By JOHN WAKEFIELD

A POPULAR Wokingham pub will reopen under a new name following a £400,000 refit.

Last week, The Molly Millar closed to allow Stonegate Pub Company to refurbish the venue, promising to take it upmarket in the process.

When it reopens on Monday, April 30, it will be known as The Station Tap, a name that evokes its heritage as The Railway Tap.

And the pub chain is planning a raft of improvemen­ts, not just to the decor.

It will open from 7am to serve breakfasts to hungry commuters. There will be 20 craft beers available and the daytime menu will be expanded to include sourdough pizzas and tapas inspired.

And night owls will be able to stay in the pub until 2.30am.

The changes are part of the Stonegate’s desire to improve the Station Approach venue.

Manager Adrian Gist said: “Wokingham needed a better class venue for its upmarket social scene,” said manager Adrian Gist. “The new name is a nod to the pub’s history, first called The Railway Hotel 150 ago, yet original to reflect our on-trend, diverse offer.”

Sports fans will enjoy watching big games on HD tellies and plasma screens and Stonegate are promising to serve local ales. There will also be 15 gins available as part of a new spirits emporium with premium vodkas, rums and whiskeys and even Tequila.

The improved food menu will include a Japanese Wagyu Beef Burger which Stonegate says ticks all the “foodgasm” boxes with a molten cheese sauce, wrapped for extra juice and succulence. Desserts will include a Sundae Pint, comprising ice-cream, brownie, churros, Flake, marshmallo­ws, caramel and raspberry coulis.

Special offers and events will run through the week including retro games on Wednesdays, two-for-one pizzas on Thursdays, and Rock ‘n’ roll Bingo Sundays.

The popular Friday and Saturday night disco with a DJ will continue.

“We are leading the way on investment into Wokingham’s daytime and night time economy,” Mr Gist added.

“This is the biggest upgrade the town has seen for a long time. We’re looking to the future throwing £400,000 into creating a fabulous amenity for locals so they can stay local.”

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