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The Dirty Duck (Black Swan), Stratford Central, Stratford-Upon-Avon

CV37 6BA
Phone: 01789297312

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Old English Inns (Greene King)

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Dirty Duck

Otherwise the Black Swan or the 'actors pub', this Greene King house is in a prime elevated position close to the RSC with a front terrace overlooking the Avon. The main bar area has limited seating but there is a dining area to the left, a conservatory to the rear and a separate (and quieter, as less obvious) bar to the right. The latter is adorned with a fine display of (mostly) b&w photographs of famous old thespians. IPA, Old Golden Hen and the 'house' Dirty Mallard available from a total of five handpumps divided between the counters.

On 17th September 2017 - rating: 6
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Dirty Duck

Nice pub in a great location. Beer quality suspect - all from Greene King.

I stuck with the theme and went for a Dirty Mallard. I wish I hadn't.

Still, lovely place.

Photos at my walking blog -

On 28th May 2016 - rating: 6
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Dirty Duck

You take a few steps up from the pavement, where you reach a small patio area and the entrance to the pub. The main area consists of small bar over on the right with the lounge enveloping this from the front to the rear. There was a small lounge on the right of the entrance. Three ales on handpump, Poets Ink being the GK special. The pub has lots of oak panelling and timber floors.

On 21st June 2014 - rating: 5
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Peter Rydings left this review about The Dirty Duck

Always a must when were in Stratford if its not just for the broken down actors still acting and forgetting their lines Had a pint of Greene king Mallard as you all know its the same bitter everywhere with just what the pub wants to call it. Will always call in here when in Stratford

On 19th June 2014 - rating: 10
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Anonymous User left this review about The Dirty Duck

This pub is situated near the River and not far from the Shakespeare theatre, there is outside parking where you have to pay and display, alternatively you can park on any major tourist car park and take a steady stroll, the pub Manager Mr.Jackson is a great Manager and has to be commended by myself for his fantastic customer skills,the meal menu are superb, maybe a little dark, this pub has partitioned seating areas and can be quite dark, traditional old style pub and restaurant and they serve coffee from a traditional machine, bar area looks a bit cluttered however you can guarantee to get what is asked for and a quality drink at that, I would recommend this pub for a meal and a few pints in the summer you can sit outside, however disabled access is not available as there are narrow steps up to the venue, I have been going to this pub for many years and can assure you its worth a visit, hope this helps DC.....

On 7th January 2011 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about The Dirty Duck

This is pretty much a restaurant with a bit of pub attached. Its wood panelled all around but doesn’t give the feel of being old compared to e.g. The Falcon or The White Swan Hotel. There are dining tables and chairs all around the place. The menu is exactly the same as The Garrick and The Pen and Parchment, but the beer is worse. 4 handpumps on the bar but only 2 beers on, the others didn’t even have pumpclips on so these may not be used. GK IPA and Olde Trip available, the Trip was just about OK. There’s a patio area out front which is probably nice in summer but we won’t be bothering to come here again.

On 23rd April 2010 - rating: 4
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Lisa Howard left this review about The Dirty Duck

How disappointing that no-one has put a picture of this lovely pub on the site, I have always loved this pub and visited it from birmingham on days out in stratford with my family, was not until last year i found out why i always sort of felt so comfortable in stratford and always made a bee line for this pub, simply as my mothers uncle mick and auntie judith used to run the pub!! how suprised was i, and pleased to know i do have a family connection with stratford, be lovely to find out what happened to them. good food,good beer go to the dirty duck, and nostalgia of course x Anyone who knows what happened to judith & mick smith, i'd love to hear about it, contact details

On 18th February 2009 - rating: 8
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