The Marathon Report

Massive props to Dodo Exec Chef Andy Holland, who ran his first ever London Marathon last month and raised a whopping £3,065 for his chosen charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK. 

We caught up with Andy after the race to find out what it was like, whether he’d do it again, and exactly how many Marathon Clucks were ordered last month… 

Were you well prepared for the race?

I was prepared mentally, which honestly is 60% of the challenge. My physical preparation for the race was just about ‘adequate’ with definitely some room for improvement next time! I certainly prepared for the weather as we knew it was coming and managed to fully hydrate. I think around 900 people didn’t complete the race this year, which is a lot higher than normal, probably because of the 23C heat.

I think I started training at the right time – 4 months prior to the race (they say 3-5) but it was the regularity of my training that was under par. One week before the race I ran 23k (just over half marathon) – a schoolboy error as my foot was bruised from this and didn’t have time repair before the race!

Another thing – after the marathon my Apple watch told me I had run 50k (obviously wrong as a marathon is 42) so it was at this point that I realised I hadn’t run as far as the “smart” watch claimed I had in training.

What was your finishing time, and did you do as well as expected?

With my leg being a MASSIVE concern at mile three, I was worried I was going to have to forfeit the race. Thank God the pain numbed, and I managed to keep a strong mental state which really helped with my split times throughout. I had about 15 minutes of walking around the 18 mile mark, nothing some jelly babies and a few oranges couldn’t sort out.

Before training started I estimated a finishing time of 4hrs to 4hrs 30mins. However, after the realisation of my fitness level in the run up to race day, I expected 5hrs plus. So yes, I was very happy with a 4.44 finish time!

What does your chosen charity mean to you?

Alzheimer’s Research UK were great throughout the process and offered tonnes of support.  My Grandad had dementia, my wife’s Gran had it, and we’ve both seen the saddening effects it has on the victim and those around them. It’s a really great cause and I wouldn’t think twice about raising money again for Alzheimer’s Research UK if another opportunity popped up.

How did it feel to finish? What was the first thing you did?

The last mile was by far the hardest so as I crossed the line I really didn’t enjoy the moment as much as I imagined I would! I felt absolutely awful for half an hour, then I stood up and as I limped towards the meeting point, that’s when it started to sink in and from then on it felt amazing! I was handed a cold Stella Artois within minutes of meeting friends and family – didn’t touch the sides!

How many Cluck burgers did we sell in the end? How much have you raised in total?

We sold 630 Marathon Clucks in total, with the Rickety JUST taking the lead over the Rusty by 11 burgers! I am going to take the Rickety team for an afternoon punting (when it warms up!) as a reward for selling the most Clucks, but I can’t thank all the teams enough for helping me raise £630 towards my charity. This brings my total raised to £3,065, all going to Alzheimer’s Research UK!

Are you still in pain?

Pretty much recovered I think, maybe a little more tired than usual.  My right foot is still a little swollen but seems to be mending!

Will you race again next year?

No! But will I run again? Almost certainly. The crowds were insane and I got such a buzz from the experience, so I would love to do it again in 5 or 10 years!

You are cordially invited…

In case you live under a rock and hadn’t heard, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting hitched this month. 

You may not have a front row seat at Windsor Castle, but you are cordially invited to watch the festivities with us, which will be more fun anyhow (we doubt they’ll be serving burgers and pints in St George’s Chapel!).

Saturday 19th May, 12pm. Come dressed in your most royal attire. House rules (to make things a bit more interesting…) TBD.

National Doughnut Week!

This May, we’re taking a whole week to celebrate the simple, glorious doughnut. 

From Monday 14th – Sunday 20th May only, we’ll be serving up some of the fluffiest, most delicious little deep fried balls of joy known to man, with a selection of three outrageous toppings to choose from. (May we humbly suggest trying them all?)

And what’s better than doughnuts? Doughnuts for a good cause! 50p of every doughnut order will go to the brilliant Children’s Trust, who offer residential and community-based rehabilitation services for children and young people with a brain injury.

May Special: Mr. Fish

Ahoy there! It’s our old friend Mr. Fish, back on the menu for one month only, featuring crispy fried haddock fillet, shredded lettuce, tartare sauce, and mushy peas, all on a delicious brioche bun. Refreshing! 

Free coffee for Town & Gown runners!

It’s that time of year again… the ever-popular Oxford Town & Gown 10k is on Sunday the 13th of May. If you need a pick-me-up after the run, stop by the Rusty or the Rickety: we’ll be giving a free coffee to anyone who finishes the race. (And no cheating – it’s not sporting, and we’ll be able to identify the true runners by their red faces and sweaty odour anyhow!)

Marathon Man

While the rest of us are nursing our hangovers, Dodo’s exec chef Andy (pictured here taking a little break from training) will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April.

Ordinarily, we’d say he was a nutter and leave it at that, but he’s doing it for a truly important cause, raising funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK – the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Alzheimer’s Research are working towards creating a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia. Their goal is to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025. 

That’s definitely worth a few quid.

You can donate to Andy’s JustGiving campaign HERE. Plus, £1 from every special sold this month will go to Andy’s chosen cause, so you can do a bit of good just by scarfing a delicious buttermilk fried chicken burger.

Good luck Andy!

New spring menu is HERE!

Ah, the classic harbingers of spring: blossoms, birdsong, longer days, and… a new Dodo menu?

It’s here: all freshened up for the new season, our spring menu, with all kinds of deliciousness for you to sample on your next foray to the pub. We’ve got brand-new pizzas, bowls, breakfast and brunch options, and top news for all you vegans out there: THE HOLY GUACAMOLE, a vegan burger featuring a sweet potato, black bean and quinoa patty, guacamole (obvs), tomato, lettuce, pickled onions, chipotle vegan mayo, all on a potato bun. (Not gonna lie, even the most devoted meateaters among us are tempted by that one…)

Feast your eyes on the menu below… and then get yourself down to your nearest Dodo pub and feast your stomachs!

Jazz Fest 2018 at the Bottle of Sauce

Every year Cheltenham plays host to one of the country’s best-loved jazz festivals. As you know, we are partial to a good knees-up, especially when live music is involved, and we’re getting into the spirit of things with three BIG events at the Bottle of Sauce over the festival weekend…


Things kick off on Friday 4th May with Dodo favourites The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band playing their famously infectious mix of upbeat jump jive, rhythm and blues and vintage jazz late into the night.

Doors 9.30 p.m. Entry £5.






Soul lot of funk!

On Saturday 5th May, chill out at the official Bottle of Sauce house party.

With live music from notorious funk masters The Haggis Horns, funk organ trio Three Step Manoeuvre, London funk pop brass band Latimo, + many more, plus a cracking DJ set from Soul Casserole, you won’t want to miss out. 

From 3pm. FREE entry. 





Join us on Sunday the 6th May for Highbrow Art and Lowbrow Jazz, an all-day extravaganza of music and art presented by Stuart Macbeth (of Rabbit Foot Spasm Band fame!).

Featuring live music and DJs all day, plus a stunning exhibition of original Matisse litographs from his ‘JAZZ SUITE’ collection, presented by the Dantzig gallery.

12 – 12. £5 presale tickets / £7 on the door


+ check out details of who’s playing (and displaying) below…

Ma Bessie & her Pig Foot band mix classic blues and jazz tunes from the inter-war years with a selection of original songs and hand-picked covers from the last 50 years of popular music. Formed as a tribute to the legendary Bessie Smith the group feature the warm, rich vocal talents of Julia Titus, backed by a dynamic Anglo-American band who look and sound the part.

Hailing from Manchester, jazz trio CRaB feature Salford’s Matt Nickson on saxophone, Michael Cretu from Romania on Double Bass and Chris Cruiks from Botswana on percussion. Their live sets are the stuff of legend up north and bring together disparate influences from Eastern European folk music, hard bop, Flamenco and African rhythms.

Vienna Ditto are a trip hop band who feature strong jazz and blues influences, such as can be heard on their electro rendition of Blind Willie Johnsons I Know His Blood Will Make Me Whole. Expect irresistibly danceable tunes from this duo, who have featured on BBC Radio One and Channel 4 and who have previously performed at Glastonbury Festival. 


Throughout the day The Shellac Collective, the UK’s premier DJs of vintage music, will be DJing original 78rpm Shellac records. Expect everything from original 1920s pressings of Louis Armstrong to 1950s Jump Jive. Featuring Gregs Greats 78s from Cambridge, Tony Tunes from East London, It’s A Wind Up from Manchester and Neon Trotsky from Oxford.


In the afternoon the Dantzig gallery will present a unique pop-up exhibition of Henri Matisse’s Jazz suite. They will exhibit a complete set of lithographs taken from the original plates prepared for Matisse’s publisher, Teriade, in 1947, and will be on hand to answer questions and reveal the hidden stories and anecdotes behind these stunning works of art.