The Ugly Duckling
“Charming country pub with menus of solid, honest cooking” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
The Ugly Duckling is anything but ugly. In reality it’s a charming light blue Georgian country pub just outside Telford. Its interior is pleasingly eclectic, with polished wood floors, original art, and bare brick combining to create a welcoming, contemporary feel. Cuisine is mostly modern British with Asian and French influences.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
- Closed: Monday, 25–27 December, 1 January
- Cuisine style: Modern British, Asian, French influences
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About the area
Perhaps nowhere else in England will you find a county so deeply rural and with so much variety as Shropshire. Choose a clear day, climb to the top of The Wrekin, and look down on that ‘land of lost content’ so wistfully evoked by A E Housman. Peer through your binoculars and trace the course of Britain’s longest river as the Severn sweeps through the county, from the Breidden Hills to Wyre Forest, slicing Shropshire in two. To the north is a patchwork of dairy fields, hedgerows, copses and crops, broken at intervals by rugged sandstone ridges such as Grinshill or Nesscliffe, and dissected by a complex network of canals.
Spilling over the border into neighbouring Cheshire and North Wales is the unique meres and mosses country, with serenely smooth lakes glinting silver, interspersed with russet-tinged expanses of alder-fringed peat bog, where only the cry of the curlew disturbs the silence. South of the Severn lies the Shropshire Hills AONB. It’s only when you walk Wenlock Edge that you fully discover what a magical place it is – glorious woods and unexpectedly steep slopes plunge to innumerable secret valleys, meadows, streams and farmhouses, all tucked away, invisible from the outside world.
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