The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote
PUBLISHED: 10:21 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:51 24 October 2013
Nestled away in a quiet North Cotswold village sits a beautifully renovated pub, The Fuzzy Duck.
Nestled away in a quiet village between Moreton in Marsh and Stratford upon Avon sits The Fuzzy Duck: a beautifully renovated pub that offers up fine dining in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
The pub, which opened in earlier in 2013, has been taken over by the family behind the Baylis & Harding beauty brand. The owners, siblings Tania Fossey and Adrian Slater, passionately believe that luxury products and experiences should not just be the preserve of the rich. With the opening of The Fuzzy Duck, they are now bringing the concept behind Baylis & Harding to hospitality.
The project first came about when the family’s local village pub in Armscote was boarded up. Tania comments, “It’s a great shame that so many rural communities have no centre so when the pub came up for sale we decided to do something about it and put something back into the community. Our vision was a small but perfectly formed boutique B&B and country eatery which would not only be a lovely place for locals but would also establish the little hamlet on the gourmet map too.”
Walking into the pub, it’s clear that this philosophy is popular with locals too, who are sat chatting at the bar with large cocktails and lounging on the very stylish sofas – many with dogs. With such brilliant hospitality it’s unsurprising that four-legged friends are just as welcome as their owners, especially when there are handmade dog biscuits and pigs ear snacks available from the bar.
The menu is packed with seasonal ingredients and being prime game season, meats such as Scottish venison and grouse, Cotswold hare and local partridge take pride of place.
Whilst you decide what to order, you’ll be treated to a freshly baked miniature loaf served with locally made butter and, if you’re a carnivore, pork dripping.
If you opt for the scallops to start, you can be guaranteed that they will be the most delicious starter that you will ever come across. Served with the perfect accompaniments of sea purslane and turnip puree, the Cotswold-born chef, Richard Craven, clearly knows his way round a kitchen.
The following main courses are equally as delicious and are the perfect size to satisfy the appetite, leaving just a morsel of space for dessert – which you should definitely go for. Featuring a Chocolate ‘Whatdjacallit’ – a chocolate pudding covered in a delicious hot fudge sauce - the dessert menu is small but perfectly formed.
If you’re visiting from further afield or simply want to enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner, directly above the restaurant sit four luxurious guest rooms, decorated with cosy furnishings and complimentary Baylis & Harding beauty products. You’ll also find thoughtful touches such as Hunter wellies in a range of sizes to loan, should you want to go for a stroll in the countryside, and two of the rooms feature fun loft-beds which are ideal for families with children.
After a good night’s sleep and a delicious cooked breakfast, the pub is a great base for visiting the best the Cotswolds has to offer. A few miles away sits Stratford upon Avon and its recently reopened Royal Shakespeare Theatre, or perhaps visit Warwick Castle, National Trust’s Hidcote Manor or one of the many Cotswold towns nearby.
For more information on The Fuzzy Duck at Armscote, visit www.fuzzyduckarmscote.com