The Dog in the Pond is a public house, and the main public house in the Hollyoaks village. It is currently owned by Mercedes McQueen, 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.


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. 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.

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The Jolly RogerEdit

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.


Current staffEdit

Job Character Duration
Landlady Mercedes McQueen 2018-
Bartender Brody Hudson
Bartender Damon Kinsella
Bartender Goldie McQueen
Bartender Myra McQueen
Bartender Breda McQueen
Bartender Nana McQueen
Bartender Cleo McQueen
Cleaner Myra McQueen
Cleaner Goldie McQueen

Former staffEdit

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Current residentsEdit

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Former residentsEdit

Character Duration
Greg Andersen Until 1996
Jane Andersen Until 1996
Natasha Andersen Until 1996
Sarah Andersen Until 1996
Jack Osborne 1996-2008
Celia Osborne 1996-1997
Ruth Osborne 1996-2001, 2003-2004
Darren Osborne 1996-1997, 1999-2001, 2003-2008
Jill Osborne 1998-2000
Kate Patrick 1998-1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
Gina Patrick 1998-2001
Sol Patrick 1998-1999, 2000-2001
Jess Holt 2000-2001
Frankie Osborne 2002-2008
Neville Ashworth 2008-2010
Suzanne Ashworth 2008-2010
Rhys Ashworth 2008-2010
Josh Ashworth 2008-2010
Hannah Ashworth 2008-2010
Carl Costello 2010-2011
Heidi Costello 2010-2011
Riley Costello 2010-2012
Seth Costello 2010-2011
Jason Costello 2010-2011
Jem Costello 2010
Mitzeee Minniver 2012
Jack Osborne 2012-2015
Mac Nightingale 2015-2017
Ellie Nightingale 2016-2018

Other informationEdit

  • The postcode for the pub is CH12 4LA.


The Dog in The Pond tour

The Dog in The Pond tour

A tour around The Dog in the Pond set by Guy Burnet (Craig Dean), from c.2005.

See alsoEdit

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