Square Bar to return to The Roebuck as part of Jubilee celebrationsBy Victoria Smith
April 27, 2012
A town centre pub will be turning back time and reverting to its former name as part of Wokingham’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Square Bar in Market Place is planning to unveil new signage for the town centre’s big jubilee party reverting the pub’s name back to The Roebuck.
Landlord Mark Miles said: “The feedback when I mentioned this to some of the locals has been fantastic.
“I have spoken to the Wokingham Society and they are hugely in favour of the pub going back to being The Roebuck.
“There has been a Roebuck in the town for 200 years, but the name was changed seven years ago to The Square.
“I spoke to Brian Smith, who was landlord between 1983 and 1989, and he is really pleased about the change.”
Mr Miles said the pub will continue to offer its recently launched curry buffet, with food provided by the Sultan Balti restaurant next door, and will be setting up a darts team to join other pubs in the league.
The town centre will be full of jubilation when townspeople mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with two concerts and a big lunch on trestle tables which will snake their way through Wokingham.
The event is being sponsored by local organisations which include The Wokingham Times.
The Roebuck’s new sign will be unveiled on the morning of the jubilee lunch on Sunday, June 3.
The pub is also getting involved in the spirit of the occasion by providing a big screen outside to show the flotilla procession along the River Thames, so diners at the lunch can watch the Queen as she celebrates her 60-year reign.
The flotilla will also be screened at Wokingham Methodist Church in Rose Street.
The Square Bar is just one of dozens of town centre businesses getting involved in the jubilee spirit.
Local restaurants will be dishing up special offer meals to diners for the lunch and other businesses have backed the event with sponsorship and practical support.