The Dog in the Pond is a gastropub, and the main public house in the Hollyoaks village. It is currently owned and managed by Tony Hutchinson and Diane Hutchinson (with Scott Drinkwell as deputy manager) but has a long list of former owners, residents and employees. Several events have occurred at The Dog in the Pond, such as when pimp Steve set the pub alight on New Year's Eve 2000, or when Sam Owen blew up the pub, killing five (including himself) in 2006.
1996-2008: Osborne Ownership
At some point prior to October 1995, Greg and Jane Andersen purchased the pub and lived inside with their two daughters, Natasha and Sarah. When Natasha was killed in March 1996, the Andersen family decided to emigrate to the United States, and sold the pub to Jack and Celia Osborne.
Jack and Celia moved into the pub with their two children, Ruth and Darren. In mid-1997, it is revealed that Jack embarked on an affair with Ruth's friend, Dawn Cunningham, and she secretly gave birth to a daughter in 1991. Celia divorced Jack and decided to leave for the United States, taking Darren with her. Ruth married Kurt Benson in 1998, and the pair contemplated moving into either the pub, or Kurt's house together, but ended up deciding to remain where they are until they could afford a property of their own. Meanwhile, Jack began a relationship with barmaid Jill Patrick, and the pair married in 1998. Jill moved into The Dog in the Pond with her three children; Sol, Kate and Gina, who did not get along with Ruth, nor Darren when he returned in 1999.
In 1999, Gina and Sol discovered that they were not Jill's biological children. Gina went missing so Sol and Jill searched for her, but they had an argument whilst driving and were involved in a car accident. Jill and Sol were seriously injured, but they made a full recovery. However, Sol was arrested and sent to a young offender's institute. When he was released, Jack threw him out, making him homeless. Jack ended up allowing Sol to return, and Sol began a relationship with Jess Holt. Meanwhile, Jill had been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, and died in October 2000. Jess's pimp, Steve, did not like how Jess was trying to escape from him and torched the pub. The incident left Sol almost blind, and when he and Jess were discharged from hospital, Jess pushed Steve over a balcony.
The Jolly Roger
After Neville Ashworth purchases the pub in 2008, he renames The Dog in the Pond to "The Jolly Roger". However, he ends up reverting the pub's name back to The Dog in the Pond after realising the pub has turned into a gay bar.
- The postcode for the pub is CH12 4LA.