When Bob Hackett and Tracy Harrison moved here in March 2001 it was in a bit of a state. Come October it was in even more of a state when the worst floods in living memory left water several feet deep throughout the pub, meaning a closure of over four months to repair the damage. Thankfully, since then, it's been positive progress all the way for this hard-working couple.

The front entrance brings you to the bar, low ceilinged, well - beamed and entirely pubby; a small room off to one side is popular with the many local clubs and societies who meet here. At the back is a large dining area, partly created out of what was licensee accommodation and partly new build.

Bob and Tracy make no bones about the fact that food is extremely important to the business and they have won a host of awards for it, both from Greene King and from the Publican newspaper they have been among the 6 national finalists in the Catering Pub of the year awards in both 2005 and 2006. The menu features chef's specials every night plus a wide generic menu. Home made pies are a speciality along with grills, fish and a large vegetarian selection. There's also an extensive lunchtime menu. A recent venture is monthly "Around the Globe Supper Evenings" offering some out of the ordinary dining experiences. The next one after my visit was an Australian Supper with kangaroo and crocodile amongst the dishes.

Bob and Tracy are however at pains to stress that this is first and foremost a local village pub, where people come to socialise and, in encouraging numbers, drink beer - real ale sales have been increasing by 5% a year. There are three regular ales - Greene King IPA, Abbot and Old Speckled Hen plus a guest - Smiles Heritage on my visit.

The Dog And Duck occupies an enviable position next to the tiny River Granta (except when it's in flood!) and the large beer garden and landscaped patio make the most of this - there is seating for 100 people outside.

Bob and Tracey have said that the pub "reflects what we like" but a lot of people evidently agree with them. Linton may have lost a lot of pubs over the years but with two other good pubs, The Crown and The Wagon and Horses, also in the village, it's well worth the visit, not just for the architecture.