The Duck at Bradford on Avon opens to its critics

This Is Wiltshire: General manager Joe Holden and Gemma  Farrell, assistant general manager, at the renamed Muddy Duck in Monkton Farleigh General manager Joe Holden and Gemma Farrell, assistant general manager, at the renamed Muddy Duck in Monkton Farleigh

The re-named Muddy Duck pub in Monkton Farleigh has reported a positive reaction to its launch week, despite a 150-signature petition opposing the name change.

The pub, formerly the Kings Arms, closed for a six-week refurbishment and reopened with a new bar, restaurant and bedrooms.

General manager Joe Holden said: “It has been really busy and well received. We have had lots of positive feedback.”

But Andrew Tucker, 40, who was involved in the petition to keep the name, said: “I am in no particular hurry to go in and I am still annoyed about it.

“The renovation is fresh, clean and uplifting but I am still of the opinion there was no need to change the name.”

Mr Holden said: “What people don’t realise is how close we were to closing down. Changing the name was part of stopping that and starting again and it has only done us good.”

New owner Nigel Harris also owns the Muddy Duck in Hethe, Oxfordshire, and joined up with Kings Arms owner Simon Blagden.

Mr Blagden, owner for seven years, said: “The pub industry in this country has changed. As long as we are improving, that should always win through.”

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5:13pm Sat 20 Apr 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Why on earth does the headline say "The Duck at Bradford on Avon"?
Why on earth does the headline say "The Duck at Bradford on Avon"? Mrs Donnyfly
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8:49pm Sat 20 Apr 13

beetawix says...

If they think they are going to rename Monkton Farleigh to Bradford on Avon there will be significantly stronger opposition.
If they think they are going to rename Monkton Farleigh to Bradford on Avon there will be significantly stronger opposition. beetawix
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10:49am Sun 21 Apr 13

devilstail says...

It would be interesting to know, how many of those 150, actually used the pub on a regular basis i.e. once a week or more.
It would be interesting to know, how many of those 150, actually used the pub on a regular basis i.e. once a week or more. devilstail
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9:55am Wed 24 Apr 13

Dummer_Frauenfahrer says...

For this article's headline to tar those people living in Monkton Farleigh with the same brush as those sociopaths with a big chip on their shoulder who live in BoA is a gross insult to the Monktonites.
For this article's headline to tar those people living in Monkton Farleigh with the same brush as those sociopaths with a big chip on their shoulder who live in BoA is a gross insult to the Monktonites. Dummer_Frauenfahrer
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