The Dirty Duck – Woolsthorpe, Grantham
I hate to use the term ‘new normal’ – I prefer to think of it as a ‘brief blip’. Never-the-less, it is reassuring to see pubs take this ‘blip’ to regular service seriously.
Tucked away in Vale of Belvoir, The Dirty Duck is just outside Woolsthorpe village and sits discreetly alongside the Grantham Canal. A pub since 1910, it was originally called The Rutland Arms and is only a few miles from Belvoir Castle. Fun fact (it’s not fun) – Belvoir Castle is owned by the Duke of Rutland, where the family have lived for almost a thousand years. Also ‘Belvoir’ is pronounced ‘beaver’. I won’t spoil you with any more of these gems in case you visit over the summer holidays.
The Dirty Duck is the second pub we’ve visited since reopening and it was rather nice, and surprising, to see we weren’t the only families braving the pub with young kids, with 2 other families taking up tables in the beer garden.
Although the pub is +100 years old, it looks pretty spritely considering its age and certainly doesn’t suffer from some of the constraints of older pubs. Spacious door ways, ample room to swing a car seat around, a nice big bar area, cosy sofa and dining tables, all wrapped up in a pretty clean and modern décor.
The Dirty Duck is operating a restricted menu for the time being, which is understandable. Most of your pub classics are still covered from Fish & Chips to Grilled Salmon Teriyaki, as well as a good range of options for the kids. I plumbed for a ‘Steak Sarnie’ (£8.75) and pint of Batemans. After much (futile) umming and ahhing, Mrs PST went for the ‘Dirty Duck Burger’ (£11.50) and half a Doombar. Much like Dixie with her sausage and chips, you can pretty much guarantee that no matter the menu, 9/10 times it’s the burger. On this occasion though, I think she may won – I had a small case of food envy.
& for the Bubs
So. The elephant in the room. Kids in pubs. If we are being completely honest, it’s not the easiest of times to take you kids to the pub and I get it. Even if you are keen, not all pubs are necessarily comfortable with allowing children back in the bar. And those that are have had to change things up. For the time being, gone are the days of board games, pool tables, shared books and toy boxes. Children wandering around freely is also a big no no. That means as a parent we need to be a little more prepared.
We’ve always loaded the girls up with their own pub packs. Contain crayons, colouring books, small toys collected from Happy Meals or won in an arcade. So, we are usually well prepped – it’s about the only part of parenting I am prepped for.
It came as a nice surprise then, for kids’ menu to come with an activity sheet still. Of course, the communal crayon pot has gone, but a quick rummage around our pub packs and we found some crayons we had ‘inherited’ from another pub along the way.
Pub crawl: July 2020
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