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a touch of something great The Fuzzy Duck Armscote


With the brains behind Baylis & Harding also behind the Fuzzy Duck Armscote, it’s easy to see how that incredible balance between luxury and comfort has been struck with ease, whether you’re wearing a ball gown or wellies, you’ll be most welcome at this stunning Country Pub and Boutique B&B.


Boasting an enviable location in Armscote – perfect for exploring Stratford-upon-Avon or the Cotswolds – The Fuzzy Duck may well be the only pub in the village, but it’s the only one that’s needed. With both a child and dog friendly garden (our four-legged friends have their own menu in the bar as well as doggy welcome pack if staying over) in addition to their stylish courtyard, you can dine and drink alfresco in the warmer months whilst inside there’s more than a treat or two waiting to reward visitors.


The historic foundations of what was originally a blacksmiths building in the 18th century followed by a coaching inn, such as lovely flagstone floorings, exposed beams and magnificent fireplaces, have been cleverly worked with contemporary touches to include an eclectic mix of dining room chairs which you wish you could lift and take home with you!


Before heading to your table you simply must take in the compact bar area. Compact it may be, but it whips up some of the best cocktails outside of London, some of which are classics with a Fuzzy Duck twist. Add to this some great guest ales and a carefully selected yet confident wine list – with many that are only available by the bottle elsewhere being offered by the glass – and you have a host of reasons why you’d want to book into one of their boutique bedrooms and indulge just a little further! We loved The Fuzzy Duck Shimmer and Elderflower and Mint Mojito – cocktails begging to be tried!


The menu wows as much as the location and decor, with fabulous starters such as ‘Wood Pigeon, bubble and squeak and crisp bacon’ and ‘Scottish Scallop, summer turnip, Tiddenham farm duck, smoked hazelnut and sea purslane’ packed full of locally sourced ingredients where possible and delivering top marks on flavour, presentation and creativity. Who would have thought that scallop and duck could work so


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well together? But they most certainly do at The Fuzzy Duck Armscote!


Following the tasty starters our mains arrived, including a delicious Aubrey Allen 28-day aged steak accompanied by charred red onion, watercress, filthy hand-cut chips (filthy being the alternative word for delicious double-cooked chips) and a quirky take on the traditional béarnaise sauce made with bone marrow! Also highly recommended is the Gloucester Old Spot belly and loin with ‘bobbly’ beans, black pudding and mashed potato. Great to see a ‘local’ for so many making a real effort to spice up traditional dishes and with great effect. The atmosphere most certainly isn’t elitist or snobby in anyway, but you do feel very smart for having made the choice of dining there. The meats were cooked to perfection and full of flavour and the portions are a good size too.


There’s a real buzz to the place that you naturally blend into, but for those wanting to host a private party or dinner there’s a nice size private dining area that you can book. Our dessert experience continued in the same vein as the previous courses with a delicious Buttermilk Pannacotta and Armscote Manor honey teamed with blackberry and granola – simply delicious! I imagine the chef must feel quite proud dishing out meals that delight the way that these did. My dining partner opted for the cheeses and was impressed by a great selection of local and local’ish cheeses that he promptly washed down with a classic Krohn 20-year-old tawny port.


The Armscote area is a pretty coveted address and now the people who live there have one more reason to celebrate living where they do – The Fuzzy Duck.


They’re open throughout the day with varying menus to suit. Even non-residents can swing by between 9am and 10am for a heart breakfast with a ‘help yourself’ continental selection in addition to cooked to order dishes such as local eggs Benedict, Full English and Loch Duart smoked salmon. Delicious sandwiches and pizzas are available at lunchtime as well as a great bar menu. It’s not just the fabulous food that’s the draw though, it’s the great welcome, perfect setting and thoughtful touches that make you want to return – soon.


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