|The Fuzzy Duck Exterior|
In easy driving proximity of the M6 and right on the A444, The Fuzzy Duck has the appearance of a country style pub nestled in the middle of suburbia. Eight months on from its re-launch, I could see that its popularity is such, as our mid Sunday afternoon visit saw the pub full to the rafters with diners varying from couples to larger birthday gatherings.
Contemporary with bright, airy décor, it very much captures a gastro pub vibe. With plenty of artwork, object d’art and soft furnishings dotted around, these were all supported by many quotes and sayings painted on the walls each with a foodie slant. A comfy seated drinks area is available for those that want informality and an extended conservatory style room provides more dining space.
|Sofa/Drinks Area - The Fuzzy Duck|
My Carnivorous Husband (MCH) joined me as my dining partner and it was great for us to round the weekend off by popping out for a late lunch/early dinner.
In true MCH fashion, he opted for the 9oz Steak Sirloin & Peppercorn Sauce with Goose Dripping Chips, Flat Field Mushroom, Tomato & Onion Rings. He said the portion was a good size and the steak was cooked as per his specification. The peppercorn sauce came in a standalone pot which held an ample quota and there was enough to pour over onto the non-steak items as well. With the goose dripping chips (fowl dripping being very much on trend right now), he commented that they bore quite a resemblance to roast potatoes which worked well. Overall, a good wholesome steak meal.
I on the other hand opted for the Mushroom & Spinach Wellington with Mixed Salad & Feta. I also ordered a side dish of Sweet Potato Fries to accompany it. I didn’t get the taste of spinach through the wellington as much as I had anticipated, however the mushrooms were nice and plump with a sauce covering and packed in a hearty pastry case.
I imagined the salad would appear as a garnish on the side so I was pleasantly surprised that it arrived in a cereal-sized bowl and was packed with a colourful mix of salad items including peppers topped with feta. Although the salad was good to have as an addition, I felt it needed an extra dimension, something hot to go with the hot wellington so hence I ordered a side serving of Sweet Potato Fries. A modern option seen a lot these days instead of standard chips, it was just what the dish needed. A suggestion perhaps would be to have the portion as half salad, half fries or potatoes.
Dessert wise, MCH couldn’t resist one of his favourites – Tiramasu. It was a home-made version with a berry fruit garnish and a fluffy sponge. He enjoyed it and remarked that it had a pleasant coffee aftertaste without the harsh strength that some coffee based foods have.
Equally, I leaned towards my personal go-to of chocolate and I chose the: Pot au Chocolate with Home- made Shortbread and Strawberry Sorbet. It was mousse based and possessed a rich chocolate taste which when contrasted with the icy, fruity content of the sorbet and berries made for a delicious textured dessert. The biscuits were buttery and crumbly and were enhanced when dipped into the chocolate pot.
The drinks menu was quite varied and alongside beers, wines and spirits, there were a variety of soft drinks as well as cocktails on offer plus mocktails for those that prefer the non-alcoholic form.
All in all, a lovely pub-restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere and perfect for all the family, for all occasions and well worth a visit. The menu choices are quite broad incorporating traditional favourites with contemporary offerings.
From a vegetarian viewpoint, the menu had 5 options which was encouraging – with two of them being a burger and a pizza dish. The vegetarian main courses however revolved around the ingredients of mushroom and spinach and were a variation of the two. There were two risotto dishes, both had mushroom as their base, plus the wellington was founded with mushroom and spinach (which was what I had). It would be nice to see other creations with other ingredients to offer variety, for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike (who may fancy a meat-free dish for a change).
With a new chef on board, I was told there were menu revisions in the pipeline, so I look forward to seeing what The Fuzzy Duck have to offer in the future!
Disclosure: This post was written following a complementary invitation to dine at The Fuzzy Duck. This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review. For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website.