Ian Jones converted the former Sophia Pizza Restaurant in the Triangle into a micro-pub called Cobblers, which was opened by the Cinderford mayor, Max Coborn, at the end of July 2014. Cobblers was the third micro-pub under that name that Ian had established, the first in Newent and the second in Coleford. The concept is simple. Ian wanted a return to traditional, no-nonsense pubs with no fruit machine, music or anything else deemed unnecessary to enjoy a quiet pint. Ian told the ‘Citizen’, ‘I’ve been delighted with the response. People have really taken to us, it’s a nice friendly town and we’ve had a really good start here.’
On Saturday 10th October 2015 customers were invited to a ‘Drink the Bar Dry Night’ at the Cobblers where all the drinks were priced at £2 (excluding spirits). Less than a week later on Friday 16th October the refurbished bar opened as the Dog House Micro Pub.
Saturday morning shoppers and motorists had a lucky escape on the 14th December 2019 when a huge scaffolding structure collapsed and crashed into Market Street, directly in front of the Dog House Micro Pub. The structure stood on the site of the former C & J Bakers building which had been demolished, the scaffolding being brought down by gusty winds. A car parked outside the Dog House was crushed by the metalwork and the shop front of Vintage Rose Florists was also partially damaged. Fortunately, no one was walking by at the time of the collapse and a car had passed the scene with just seconds to spare.