Thursday, 17 November 2011
#033 Dirty Duck/Black Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon : 1996 to 2011
Here's a pub that has not changed in all the years I've been visiting it! I first encountered the Dirty Duck in Stratford in the early 80's, long before our canal trips took us to Stratford.
For those of you unfamiliar with Stratford-upon-Avon, the pub is a two minute walk away from the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre and one room is decorated with pictures of many of the thespians who have passed through the doors. However, in all our visits, the only famous person I've seen there was Rodney Bewes (from "The Likely Lads" for our younger and/or overseas readers!) in the 1980's on a summer's evening on the terrace.
Since we've been visiting on the canal at Easter time, I've not seen any more famous people.
Here are the picures: -
6th April 1996
29th March 1997
3rd April 1999 (note new pub sign!)
21st April 2000
10th April 2004
11th April 2009 (compare with 1999 - almost exactly the same!)
30th April 2011
Although it isn't a proper pub it is definitely worth a visit and is usually full. The bar we normally go in is a proper bar, but it is very small so it easily fills up. Although we've not seen anyone famous on our recent visits, a barman told us one night that, when Sean Bean was at Stratford he was actually a member of the Dirty Duck pool team for the duration of his stay!
These aren't all of the photos I've taken, but I think its enough to give a flavour of the place.