The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling dates back to 1810 and is a fabulous combination of contemporary and Georgian design, combined with an orangery extension, expressing the best of old and new.
The Ugly Duckling occupies a handsome pub built in the early 1800s on what was fields used by farmers to rest and feed their livestock. The road on which we sit was a major thoroughfare throughout the middle ages. The restoration will return the building to its former glory but with a modern twist, combining the best of old and new. The original idea was to open a business where all of the owners would like to go on their days off and spend quality time with friends and family. We like the idea of bringing the conversation back to the dining table and what better way to do it than sharing food and drink? The aim is to provide a casual and informal space but with no compromise on the quality of the food, a place where everybody should feel comfortable. Our inspiration comes from dining tables across Europe. The food style is strong and bold, with an emphasis on simplicity and using the finest ingredients we can source. Our Chefs grill over charcoal and wood on our custom-built grills throughout the year, in winter we will also brine, cure, smoke, and braise. In the summer you might even catch our chefs cooking outside! The Bar is housed in what was once a coal store so expect to see exposed timber, brickwork and other original features. Here you will find a well-researched cocktail list that blends the timeless and the contemporary, serving bespoke drinks alongside the classics. The spirits and wines available will be extensive and diverse. Beer wise; our keg lines will dispense a mix of regional real ales, craft beers and more obviously cutting-edge stuff from breweries as far afield as Brooklyn. The service; professional yet approachable, don’t be afraid to ask. We look forward to seeing you.