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COTSWOLD Food


Welcome to The Fuzzy Duck There are all sorts of reasons for moving house whether it be schools, jobs, train links or


just falling in love with a property. But none of those reasons came even close when Sue Smith visited The Fuzzy Duck at Armscote near Stratford-Upon-Avon. Pictures by Anthony Cullen


UNDOUBTEDLY the village of Armscote is chocolate-box pretty, but the over-riding desire to pick up sticks and move there lock stock and barrel was overwhelmingly driven by the fact The Fuzzy Duck would then become my local pub. In my head, I have always had a fantasy


of what the perfect pub would be like and here it was like a mirage before me, beckoning me in like a mermaid from the rocks.


60 COTSWOLDESSENCE | March - 2014 On a cold, wet, wintery night, I walked


into the warm glow of the bar with its flickering storm-glass lights, roaring woodburners, soft muted walls playing backdrop to an array of pictures in beautiful, shiny frames and a collection of dogs strategically snoozing on the stone floors. There were homely, knitted cushions


scattered across the checked chairs and soft leather sofas. The high-backed stools around the corner bar were all occupied


but miraculously, as though parting the seas, the regulars found a space for me. An international wine list was on offer


with new and old world wines specifically selected from family-run estates as well as a range of real ales including Purity Brewing’s Mad Goose and an ever changing guest ale. The pub holds a Cask Marque for serving great quality ales. Ducks are in abundance as you would


expect, at this gastro-pub and boutique B&B, from motifs on the fabrics to the


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