Sligo Weekender

The Dapper Duck is breathing new life into an iconic Gurteen premises for people of all ages

- By Alan Finn

A NEW business in Gurteen is offering great food, great drink and great ‘quack’!

The Dapper Duck is the new venture of Andrea and Anthony Simpson who have re-opened the doors of the premises previously known as Teach Murray.

Teach Murray in itself was an institutio­n in Gurteen for almost half a century. It was a tough act to follow, but Andrea and Anthony were determined to give the community a family-oriented offering in a building which holds fond memories for generation­s of people.

Andrea explained: “We opened around the end of October.

“Teach Murray had been open out here for the best part of 45 years and we are pleased to keep the premises going.

“We are a family-oriented business, we recently came back to Sligo after 26 years in England. Both for the community and the premises that was available in Teach Murray, it was an ideal fit for us.”

The Dapper Duck is a name which immediatel­y captures the imaginatio­n when you hear it for the first time. While the name does have a personal meaning behind it, customers can also expect to be greeted by unique, duckthemed fixtures around the premises. Andrea said: “The name of the pub was a family idea, we wanted it to have a personal connection and it simply comes from the fact that my mother has always had ducks.

“In addition to the name, parts of the interior decoration­s are duck-themed to offer something quirky to look at – the only thing we don’t have is actual ducks which the kids are often disappoint­ed to find out!”

Andrea and Anthony have been delighted with the local support they have received within just a few months of opening. They are hopeful that word of The Dapper Duck will grow outwards and bring more people to Gurteen in a county where cafes and restaurant­s with the right reputation can thrive anywhere.

“Gurteen is a real family village and we do see a lot of local support.

“We occasional­ly get visitors from Roscommon. The thing with Sligo is that if a place develops a reputation, people will travel the county to go to those places.

“Hopefully as we build our own reputation moving forward it will be reflected in the new faces we see every day.”

While Covid is starting to feel like an afterthoug­ht these days, its impact is still being felt in certain quarters. Opening in late October means that The Dapper Duck had the navigate a difficult period when Covid spread quickly and widely but they are looking forward now with plenty of optimism.

Andrea added: “Things are going as we would have hoped so far.

“Covid is still having an impact which we had to take into account, but everything is moving forward in the right direction and we would be very hopeful that when the summer comes around we will really see start to see the fruits of our labour in a big way.” The Dapper Duck is open Monday to Saturday, from 10.30am to 11.30pm, and 11.30am to 11pm on Sunday. Food is served on Monday to Saturday, from 10.30am to 3pm, and 11.30am to 6pm on Sunday.

These is live music every Saturday and Monday. For functions, contact thedapperd­ for bookings.

Customers will find ornamental ducks dotted around the pub. This duo were present during the Six Nations.

 ?? ?? The Dapper Duck premises which was previously Teach Murray in the village of Gurteen.
The Dapper Duck premises which was previously Teach Murray in the village of Gurteen.
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 ?? ?? An example of the sweet treats available on The Dapper Duck menu.
An example of the sweet treats available on The Dapper Duck menu.

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