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The Fuzzy Duck, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
The Fuzzy Duck is a cosy yet plush boutique pub in a small Warwickshire village that lies in easy striking distance of Stratford-upon-Avon. The pretty, creeper-clad redbrick inn is owned by brother-and-sister duo Adrian Slater and Tania Fossey who are also the founders of soap product company Baylis & Harding, and they have applied their brand's ethos of affordable luxury here. Expect good, well-priced dishes in the restaurant, pleasing art on the walls and stylish touches such as Frette bed linen in the five bedrooms. In winter, sip a homemade blackberry vodka by the crackling fire in the bar area; in summer head to the sunny back dining room or sit out in the expansive garden.
Located in a quiet, rural setting, yet accessibility is not an issue as the pub is just one and a half miles from the A429.
It's only a 15-minute drive to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Wiliam Shakespeare.
By car: around 2 hours from London, and 1 hour from Oxford and 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh (via Oxford) takes 1 hour 30 minutes. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Couples, visitors with dogs (four-legged guests get an especially warm welcome) and families will love it here. The duck theme is gently played out in design touches.
Service & Facilities
We loved the thoughtfully provided maps of local walks - including a lovely three-mile circuit.
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Well-behaved dogs are very welcome and may stay in several of the rooms - dog towels and throws are provided.
The Buff Orpington room has a freestanding roll-top bath and there are gorgeously soft throws on the beds.
Mallard, Indian Runner, Muscovy, Mandarin, Buff Orpington
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Baylis & Harding toiletries, Nespresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved the carefully chosen own-label house wine (a merlot and a sauvignon blanc). Unashamedly indulgent desserts include apple, honey and oat crumble with stem ginger crème anglaise.
The Fuzzy Duck: Gastropub with garden. Modern British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. Open Tue-Sat for lunch and dinner, Sun for lunch.
The Garage: breakfast room, overlooking gardens. Serving continental style breakfast and cooked-to-order options. Served 9-1oam.