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The Wild Duck

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The Wild Duck

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Setting: Countryside inn
Cuisine: British
Paws: All welcome

Hidden along a country lane, just peeping through its leafy surrounds to offer a glimpse of what lies within, The Wild Duck really is a hidden gem. From its picturesque English country garden, where fido will find more than the occasional sniff to keep him amused, to its warming, relaxed interiors and roaring fire, you and your dog will love this 16th century countryside inn. With lunch and supper menus rooted in favourite British classics everyone will enjoy, this is one dog-friendly restaurant that will be staying on your Cotswolds’ map.

 
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At The Wild Duck

Entering from the winding garden path, you’ll find exposed stone walls, rich crimsons, comfy leather chairs and a the-more-the-merrier vibe that will have you feeling at home in no time.

The restaurant’s menu celebrates the great British classics, brought up to date with the kitchen’s own twist or two, to tantalising effect. Expect dishes such as duck pie with parsnips, whole grilled lemon sole with samphire and garlic butter, Chateaubriand and honeycombe panacotta with candied blood orange. The accompanying wine list is intriguing and extensive – you might need to peruse over a glass of prosecco.

Doggy delights

Delightfully welcoming to paws large and small, don’t forget to ask for a water bowl and treats for your pup. On a warm day, your dog will be captivated by the sniffing opportunities in the gardens, while you sit a while, enjoy a drink and listen to the birds tweet overhead. A winter warmer? Fido will relish this venue which is dog-friendly throughout, with a roaring fire perfect for thawing those paws out after a frosty walk.

By day

Relax and enjoy the garden area. Set menus are on offer at lunch during weekdays, with two courses for just £12.50, or three courses for £15.

Sunday lunches are embraced here. Book your place to enjoy one of their delicious roasts, or perhaps a Beef Wellington for two will hit the spot; just try to leave room for a tempting dessert or one of the delectable cheeses on offer.

From dusk

Dine in one of the restaurant-style seating areas or relax in the bar, with locals from gentry to farm hands, where drinks are almost sure to turn into supper.

The extra bits

A children’s menu is available on request.

Essentials

  • Cuisine: British
  • Lunch: noon to 3pm; set menu available Monday to Friday
  • Dinner: 6pm to 9.30pm
  • A lovely garden to enjoy with fido on summer days, or let him relax fire side in the winter months
  • Children's menu available on request

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

The picture perfect hamlet of Ewen, with its leafy lanes, tree-lined roads and thatched country cottages, is a lovely spot from which to explore the surrounding Cotswolds, and treat your four-legged friend to a hike in the fields.

A spot of shopping? Just 3 miles away lies the Roman town of Cirencester with its local butchers, fish shop and Friday market. Your dog will love the Bathhurst Estate here, perfect for walkies.

Also well worth exploring is the Cotswold Water Park. With 150 lakes set over 40 square miles, there are a multitude of walking options and activities on offer. For inspiration see our dog-friendly Cotswolds destination page.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below, as well as our North and South Cotswolds guides on Dog Digest.

LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address: The Wild Duck, Drakes Island, Ewen, Cirencester, GL7 6BY

Hit the road

Put the postcode in your SatNav and you’ll find The Wild Duck just a couple of miles from the A429, one of the main Cotswolds’ tributaries. Just remember to keep an eye out to spot this secluded inn.

All aboard

Arriving by car will be your most straightforward option. If you do take the train, the nearest station is Kemble, approximately an hour and twenty minutes from Paddington. Book your taxi for the onward journey (approximately 5 minutes) in advance to accommodate fido.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

The Wild Duck

Rigby's Review

Tasty treats all round

The Wild Duck was our paw-stop of choice for a relaxed lunch on a crisp but sunny Spring day out in the Cotswolds.

Once through the enchanting wooden door of this countryside inn, there are two entrances to choose from – Rigby had clearly sniffed out the treats, so we followed his lead and made a left towards the bar, greeted by smiling faces and the aromas of a warming country pub lunch.

It was a Monday when we visited, and relatively early, so we had our pick of the tables on offer. We chose a seat by a window looking out onto the spacious courtyard, bathed in the midday sun. A line of dog bowls greets you as you walk through the bar space and past the roaring fire; we grabbed one for Rigby, along with a couple of treats from the bar itself.

The venue is spacious but cleverly designed; the dark wood and deep red furnishings, with vines adorning the upper walls, add a touch of cosyness, and tables are split off into several areas, creating a pleasantly intimate feel. Wooden benches accompany many of the tables; ours proved a perfect place for Rigby to quietly stretch out for a nap underneath the bench seat (next to the radiator, of course) while we enjoyed the Modern British fare.

It’s the sort of menu that makes you wish you could try everything. We opted for a lighter lunch; the chicken and avocado salad with their green goddess dressing was delicious and felt like a treat, while the Cornish crab pate was light and tasty – clearly not long out of the sea.

There wasn’t much going spare once we finished our meals, so after a spruce up with the 100 Acres toiletries in the bathrooms, and a good sniff around the tree-lined courtyard garden, we set off in search of a post-lunch walking trail. Having asked the delightful staff, we were advised to take a left out of the restaurant and head towards the start of the Thames path. After around 10 minutes, we stumbled across the footpath, and the start of a calm, shallow stream – much to Rigby’s delight! Safe to be off the lead, Rigby bounded in and followed us down river-side as we explored the drier areas.

After a rub-down it was time to head off – next time we’ll be making time to pop in for a post-walk dessert!

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