Dirty Duck licensee Bob to leave after 43 years

Dirty Duck licensee Bob Taylor and his wife Elizabeth. Photo: 0272A
Dirty Duck licensee Bob Taylor and his wife Elizabeth. Photo: 0272A

The licensee of the popular Dirty Duck in the Vale of Belvoir is to leave the pub after 43 years at the helm.

Bob Taylor, 74, and his wife Elizabeth are moving on to make some major changes to another pub which they own in Grantham.

The couple will focus their efforts on the Springield Arms in Springfield Road.

Bob is philosophical about moving on. He said: “It is very sad, but we are ready to go. We made the pub pay for 40 years but over the last three years it’s been minus.”

Bob took over the pub in 1971 after a series of jobs including farm worker on the Belvoir Estate and working in the village’s other pub, The Chequers, first washing up and then as a wine waiter.

Bob says the pub trade is in a mess now but there have been good years at the Dirty Duck, or The Rutland Arms to give it its proper name.

Bob said: “We have got some lovely customers. We used to get people from far and wide. They wanted to know what the Dirty Duck looked like.”

Bob said he will go out with a bang after the pub’s annual bonfire event which this year takes place on Sunday, November 2.

The couple, who live in Barrowby, will then concentrate on the Springfield Arms where they will introduce real ale and good food.

Bob also says they will change the name of the pub.

The building in which the Rutland Arms now stands was built around 1750 by the Marquis of Granby for his batman.