Hopes are growing that the Rutland by Belvoir hostelry in the Vale of Belvoir may be under new management in a few weeks.
Jean-Francois and Lynnette Pozzetto have applied for a premises licence for the pub, commonly known as the Dirty Duck, in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir.
The application has been made to South Kesteven District Council and the pair have asked for the licence at the pub, which has 100 covers, to start on June 15 this year.
The application also requests that Lynnette Pozzetto, of Main Street, Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, is named as the premises supervisor.
The couple say they intend to put on live and recorded music and the pub will be open from 10am to midnight from Mondays to Saturdays and to 11pm on Sunday.
The premises, which are nestled next to the picturesque canal in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, are owned by the Duchess of Rutland.
The pub has been closed for more than a year but has been recently refubished. When the lease was put on the market, the annual rent for the pub was set at £45,000.