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The Black Swan / Dirty Duck

Chapel Street
Rugby
CV21 3EB
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Al Bundy left this review about The Black Swan / Dirty Duck

A fairly decent pub. Its modernised out and is now an open plan place. There were 5 handpumps on the bar with a selection of localish beers on. I assume the afternoon clientele differs from the evening/weekend crew. A few tellies were showing horsey stuff. As the beer I asked for was sour the barman gave me a free selection so added points there.

On 16th February 2017 - rating: 6
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Black Swan / Dirty Duck

The Duck has long been a mainstay of Rugby drinking and although much has changed from the days of open fires and an open roof in the Gents, interesting on a snowy evening, it retained some of the quirkiness and character as well described below.
That has now all changed as it has undergone a major refurbishment which has seen a complete remodelling of the interior with the bar being moved further back and the decor and furnishings now calling to mind something between a low rent cocktail bar and a 'spoons. The walls are adorned with screens which were showing indeterminate footy on my early evening visit.
There is a large outside drinking area with various heaters for the winter smokers.
Beers on were Deuchars IPA, Doom Bar and Byatts Golden Imp and Coventry Bitter. My 5 point rating is all for stocking these two beers from a local, Coventry, brewery.
Prior to the refurbishment the pedestrian beer range had long since rendered my visits irregular at best, given the better alternatives in town. I don't see that altering.

On 2nd February 2016 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Black Swan / Dirty Duck

The Black Swan, or Dirty Duck as it is affectionately known locally, is a decent looking pub with a bit of a rural feel to it, thanks to the low beam ceiling and wooden pillars throughout, although some interior designer has sadly heaped on the bland factor, leaving it looking like a bog standard town centre pub which happens to have a low beam ceiling. The layout is centred around what is effectively an island servery, with a mismatch of seating areas around it. The front section seemed as good as anywhere to settle down for a drink, with bench and standard in a smart woodblock floored area. To the left there is a carpeted space with a low fireplace on the end wall and a decent looking wine display where you might otherwise expect the servery to be. The rear part of the pub is on a lower level to the front and has some comfy seating options, TV screens, a dartboard and a skittles table. Completing the circuit round to the right hand side of the room, high tables and stools offer additional seating and a pinball table can be found. There is a large partly covered patio and garden area to the back of the pub and a roof terrace as well, unexplored on this visit.
There were three handpulls in operation when we arrived, dispensing Hook Norton Hooky, Wychwood Hobgoblin and Brains Rev James. I rather inexplicably opted for the Hobgoblin which was pretty average and others on the crawl were less than complimentary about their chosen brews. The barman endured a bit of gentle ribbing about the three mainstream ale choices, but he took it in fairly good humour (I think!).
This was the last pub of a sizable crawl around town which started with the better pubs before descending into the 'best of the rest', so perhaps I would've felt more favourably towards this place had I caught it earlier in the day. As it stands, I thought it falls some way short of the standards set by Rugby's top pubs, but it's certainly not a write off. One to keep an eye on maybe.

On 22nd July 2014 - rating: 6
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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 14 June 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 29 June 2014 by Quinno _
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Last inspected: September 29th 2015
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