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We’re looking for a couple of ambitious and committed Junior Sous Chefs with a real passion for the hospitality industry. You’re more than capable & ready to take the next step in your career. You have worked in kitchens for at least 5 years & are basically mad keen to continue your learning with a view to progress to the very top.

For us it’s all about continuing to serve fresh, quirky, high quality gourmet bar food in a kitchen thats actually a nice environment to be in (no, really!)

Don’t be confused this is a busy work place, and as well as having high standards and demonstrating good attention to detail, you’ll help the crew set the bar high in terms of delicious dishes, effective kitchen controls and excellent standards of health and hygiene.

What is really important is your ability to thrive as part of a team & display genuine comradery for your brigade and the rest of Team DB.

We’ll reward you with a cracking salary and tips. Live in is available.

If this sounds like your cup of tea/glass of wine/pint of beer get in touch via email – send us a copy of your CV & a bit of a nattery type cover letter


We’re looking for a full time Assistant Manager to join our experienced crew. Its a busy old place that prides itself on the highest customer service and doing things pretty darn well (if I do say myself)

This might be your first foray into management or you might have done it a for a few years. Either way we’re looking to indoctrinate you into our way of life so that we can continue with our plans of world domination. What is really important is your ability to thrive as part of a team & display genuine love for the trade. You’ll join the management team with the full support of a GM & Deputy.

We’ll reward you with a cracking salary and tips.

If this sounds like your cup of tea/glass of wine/pint of beer get in touch via email – send us a copy of your CV & a bit of a nattery type cover letter.

The DB Bottle Shop & The DB Tap

We’ve moved the shop! Our little Bottle Shop has now moved to 38 High Street, Leamington Spa CV31 1LW. It has even more beer, even more Japanese whisky and interesting spirits!
Shop via the website or just go and say hello to Will & Mishka!
Open Weds-Sat 12:00-19:00

Drinking in capabilities are now taken care of in the newly refitted The DB Tap next door, Open Thurs-Fri 17:00-22:00 Sat 15:00-22:00

The Magic Wingdom

If you weren’t aware we have stealthily opened a little restaurant around the corner on Dormer Place. It’s okay if you have missed it we’ve not made a song and dance out of it just yet, thats all to come. In the meantime you can visit it Tuesday – Saturday 5.30pm – 9pm or you can book little take away slots or ‘Cluck & Collect’ via the website. It’s called The Magic Wingdom and it’s a Chicken Wing, Burger & Bao Restaurant that also sells, cocktails, craft beer & natural wine. You don’t need to book, you can just show up. Sadly you can’t just drink – you need to be chewing on a wing. We’ve worked really hard on the menu and it is heavy on vegetarian & vegan options so there’s plenty for everyone.
Keep an eye out for us slinging our wares – alternatively Give us a Wing… 01926 564582 or Order your Cluck & Collect

DB Dollars

DB Dollars


We, at The Drawing Board offer our own take on spectacular gift vouchers with the magical DB Dollars*. These fantastic pieces of premium, shiny card are available in three (yes three) denominations. £5, £10 & £20 – It’s only mildly confusing as they are called dollars but actually are £. That aside you can use them at The Drawing Board pub in Leamington Spa like they are made of real money, you know for food and drink and that.

They work as ideal Birthday presents, Christmas presents or just plain old ‘presents’ presents (even new ones, maybe) They might even be used as gestures of support for small independent pubs that are mildly concerned about the current state of affairs.

You can buy them HERE, over the telephone, in person or through a window and we will either give them to you or post them to you as they are physical collectible things.

(*may not be magical, fantastic, collectible or spectacular)

Situations Vacant (Jobs!)

The Drawing Board
Is looking for an Assistant Manager to join the team.

Can someone find me a sharp witted, food loving, personality having, passionate workaholic please?!! and for the love of God, let them have a sense of humour and let them tell their own faces!

For the award winning DB its year 6 and we’re looking for future Managers in the making. We want an experienced Manager to join us. We’re amassing a small Independent army to slowly take over the Midlands (obviously)

Okay so the globe has had a rather horrific experience through this pandemic & amongst the worst sufferers it’s us in hospitality that have had a pretty hefty kick in the ghoulies. We’ve held off opening for as long as we possibly could but it’s full steam ahead as we head towards October 5th.

As an Assistant Manager you are a key member of the management team and will be expected to support the other managers as the ‘right hand’ person in all aspects of sharing responsibility for the day to day running of the pub. You will also assume responsibility for the pub when the manager is not on the premises with the help of the rest of the management team.

You’ll need to be a real foodie; have a real passion for decent beer and wine; enjoy looking after others and help build and direct a happy crew. The role will therefore be very hands-on and pretty varied encompassing people management, food and drink, customer service, pub maintenance and day to day financial administration. This is a 24/7 full on front of house, customer facing, people loving cabaret!
At the end of the day the most important quality we look for in all our people is strength of personality. We like fun characters who set the bar high and have an eye for detail.

We’ll reward you with a cracking salary plus tips. If this sounds like your cup of tea/glass of wine/pint of beer get in touch via email – send us a copy of your CV & a bit of a nattery type cover letter…

The Drawing Board was established in 2015. It is an independent Free House in Leamington Spa- apparently the happiest place to live in the country (I have my doubts but who am I to argue?) we won The Great British Pub Awards Best Beer Pub in 2019 which we’re still harping on about amongst other various prestigious gongs over the last few years.

Reopening & Bookings

Greetings Boarders! Thank you pandemic for introducing us to a refreshing new experience – being genuinely pleased to see you!!

We are reopening from our hibernation on Monday 5th October at about tea time. You can now book a table using our online booking system on this very website. The old fashioned amongst you might still wish to pick up the telephone or fling us an email (bear in mind we aren’t currently in the building to answer the blower!)

We’ve finally donned scrubs to create a socially distant DB and hopefully you’ll all feel comfortable enough to show us you’ve missed us like we’ve missed you!


We very much want the new normal to be somewhat reminiscent of the old normal so it’s unlikely we will be opening in July.

Simply put I don’t feel that within the current guidelines we can operate safely, profitably and in any way reminiscent of what we were doing before.

I feel that the bar is and always has been the beating heart of our operation & until we can see the whites of your eyes (and lick them) we will hold fire. Don’t even get me started on how to safely operate a socially distant kitchen!

We want to create a safe environment for staff and patrons alike so in the meantime please support us through The DB Bottle Shop. We want to come back, and we will, but we want to get it right.

Buy Beers & Stuff Online

Hello. We are now delivering beer and other bits locally from The DB Bottle Shop. You can use this handy link

and as long as you spend £20 or over we’ll bother to get out of bed and bring it to you. It’s new & online and I made it so if its broken, don’t cry about it, just email me instead.

We will deliver in a relatively timely fashion and leave it on your doorstep. We will be social distancing so don’t ask us to put it away for you.

As time passes we’ll upload more stuff you can buy but its all slightly dependent on how much stock we can afford/get hold of and how much I fall back in love with this Playstation. Swings and roundabouts.

Normal Service Will Resume…

So look, we’re closing the doors tonight at 10pm and we’ll remain closed for the foreseeable.

It sucks, though we haven’t had any clear direction from the government we feel that it doesn’t sit right that we remain open for both customers & staff alike.

It’s almost five years since we opened our doors at The DB and for those of you that know us, know we certainly don’t do this lightly. We’ll be open again as soon as it’s safe, keep an eye out for that bat signal!

In the meantime the DB Bottle Shop on Court Street remains open and delivering – our new Shopify site will be up and running over the weekend. Craft beer, Cider, Japanese Whisky & Artisan spirits – y’know the important stuff!

Thanks for all your kind messages, support and love.


Please don’t loot us it’s probably not covered under the insurance either.