Owners of the Wild Duck Inn at Ewen put the luxury hotel up for sale after 24 years in charge

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Tina Rowley-Mussell and her son Dino Mussell outside the Wild Duck Inn Tina Rowley-Mussell and her son Dino Mussell outside the Wild Duck Inn

THE WILD Duck Inn in Ewen is going up for sale after its current owner announced the end of her 24 year residency.

Tina Rowley-Mussell, the current owner of The Wild Duck Inn has owned several pubs during her varied and highly successful career.

Speaking about moving on she said: “I think I’ve done my bit, I’ve been in the business for thirty five years."

Suggesting that she was hoping to spend more time gardening and looking after animals on her forty acre farm, Ms. Rowley-Mussell said: “I’d like to think it’s going to be a leisurely retirement, but you never know.”

The pub itself, which has been a local institution for many years, is a GradeII listed building with an original sign painted by Sir Peter Scott and a flying duck clock presented to the then-owners by famous Swiss clock maker Longine.

Dino Mussell, her son and business partner started washing pots at the business aged 11 and later returned to help his mother run the pub, leaving his career in London on hold.

Recalling favourite guests, Dino said: “Over the years we’ve had so many celebrities and members of the Royal family. Once Princess Anne came in through the front door and the bar went silent. She insisted on helping clear the table and thanking the staff afterward.”

The pub itself has changed a lot over the years. According to Dino, at one point “you had to have a jacket and tie to get in”, but his attitude was that “everyone should be welcome to have a pint after work.”

Dino is moving on from the pub when it is sold and described working with his mother as “a fantastic partnership” saying that he “wouldn’t want to continue without her”.

 

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12:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

JuJuCumbria says...

Good news!
Good news! JuJuCumbria
  • Score: 8

10:22am Thu 23 Jan 14

Josephine Public says...

A great opportunity but at a very steep price.
A great opportunity but at a very steep price. Josephine Public
  • Score: 2

6:01pm Fri 24 Jan 14

GL7 1HJ says...

The pub deserves a decent landlord as opposed
to out of touch idiots.
The pub deserves a decent landlord as opposed to out of touch idiots. GL7 1HJ
  • Score: 4

12:07am Sun 26 Jan 14

Not Postman Pat says...

Just goes to show all those good folk who weren't celebs or royalty were not appreciated, I'm sure my hard earned pounds would not be welcome and as for my council house upbringing......
Just goes to show all those good folk who weren't celebs or royalty were not appreciated, I'm sure my hard earned pounds would not be welcome and as for my council house upbringing...... Not Postman Pat
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