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The Fuzzy Duck, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
The Fuzzy Duck is a cosy and stylish boutique pub in a small Warwickshire village close to Stratford-upon-Avon. Step inside this pretty, redbrick property and you're in a cosily stylish venue decorated in soothing tones of grey and blue. The owners are also the founders of soap product company Baylis & Harding, and they have brought their brand's ethos of affordable luxury to this boutique inn. Affordable luxury is the ethos here; the pub offers a carefully balanced, well-priced menu, five comfy bedrooms, a sunny garden and genial service - and there are thoughtful touches such as wellies to borrow and fresh flowers on the tables.
Rooms available from £100 per night
The pub is on a quiet lane in little Armscote, a few miles north of Shipston-on-Stour and eight miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon. There's a choice of walks from the doorstep while nearby attractions include the wonderful gardens at Hidcote and Kiftsgate Court, both about six miles west.
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
THE LOOK AND FEEL
Think homey comfort with a good dash of luxury and style. Furnishings are mainly in tones of silver, grey and blue, with a marginally more formal dining room at the front of the pub and a cleverly converted garage (no surprises that it's called The Garage) offering a laid-back vibe at the back of the building.
Welcoming, chatty yet efficient - the staff are very much part of the charm here. Private dining is on offer and weddings can be held too - civil ceremonies as well as receptions, indoors or outside in the walled garden.
- 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.
BED AND BATH
The five beautiful cosy bedrooms are individually-decorated and named after a breed of duck or hen, accessed via narrow-ish stairs. There are Nespresso machines in all rooms, most have impressive power showers and all are, of course, stocked with plenty of Baylis & Harding products.
Room types: Mallard, Indian Runner, Muscovy, Mandarin, Buff Orpington
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Baylis & Harding toiletries, Nespresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD AND DRINK
The Fuzzy Duck prides itself on its cuisine, based largely on local ingredients. It offers modern British fare big on flavour and creativity. Dishes include confit duck leg with fondant potato, and wild mushroom, spinach and black truffle risotto.
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.