A newly refurbished pub in Prestwood has strenuously denied online allegations that it discriminates against a particular breed of dog.

The Chequers Tree on High Street, which was formerly known as The Chequers Inn, has been accused of discrimination against Bull Terriers after a dog was banned from the premises this week.

Residents took to Facebook to complain that the pub’s management was “idiotic” and “disgraceful” with some even likening the actions to being racist.

But today the pub’s manager Angie Rogers has defended the decision, saying that it wasn’t safe to allow the Bull Terrier in the pub, after it was involved in two incidents of biting.

Ms Rogers said: “This is a family-friendly pub and this particular dog was not family-friendly.

“To be clear, Bull Terriers are allowed in the pub. But any dog – not just Bull Terriers – that is not friendly will not be allowed into the building.

“The dog in question has bitten a dog before, when the pub was called The Chequers Inn, but I decided to give it another chance.

“Then on Sunday it tried to bite another dog and that dog’s owner came and complained.

“I could tell that the dog was on edge and it was not relaxed at all so I decided it wasn’t safe to have it in here.

“We are a small pub and have young children running around. If the dog bites a child it becomes my problem, so I decided to make the call.

“We welcome well-behaved dogs in the pub and we even have free treats behind the bar.”

The manger confirmed that residents have contacted the pub’s owners Greene King over the issue.

The Chequers Tree reopened on March 3 after a six-figure investment, believed to be in the region of £300,000.

Last month Greene King made a dramatic U-turn over plans which were believed to be in place for the pub to be renamed ‘The Prestwood’, before residents protested the idea and the owners decided on The Chequers Tree.