The Double Red Duke is based in the Cotswolds, the perfect location for the BMW i3. After just a short journey from Farnborough you will find yourself at the charming 16th-century honey-stone coaching inn, nestled in on the right side of the Cotswolds. You can stop to charge on route, with several charging stations situated in Swindon, meaning you’ll be back on the road in no time. We had a wonderful drive up through the picturesque villages, and when we arrived on a warm Summer morning, the front of the building had been covered in purple wisteria.
The property had been recently revamped during lockdown, with 19 beautiful bedrooms and cosy public spaces with roaring log fires. It is located near the popular village of Bampton, where much of the TV series Downton Abbey was filmed.
Double Red Duke is part of a small portfolio of country pubs run by Sam and Georgie Pearman of Country Creatures. With a keen eye for design, each room has been magically transformed with the look and feel of a traditional country home.
When it comes to food, the chef and owners seek out the very best suppliers. Head chef Richard Sandiford (formerly of Hawksmoor), champions local produce and cooking over a fire. Highlights from the seasonal and ever changing menu include sumptuous steaks and vegetables cooked over a grill, spit-roasted turbot, strawberry ripple sundae and the most incredible sticky-toffee-pudding.
There’s a 14-seat kitchen counter where guests can eat at the heart of the action while watching the chefs cook. There’s also a private feasting room that seats 12 people, a gorgeous Garden Room or even the terrace lined with red and white parasols for dining under the setting sun.
For those after the perfect staycation, be sure to get in early and book one of the fabulous bedrooms with a roll top bath. Each and every room is unique, adorned with bold wallpapers and beautiful fabrics from heritage craftsmen across the country.
Ahead of your drive the next day, enjoy the brilliant continental spread, filled with cinnamon buns, marmite and cheese scrolls, local breads, cacklebean eggs or fresh yoghurt with homemade granola. For those wanting something a little more indulgent be sure to order the famous sausage, ogleshield and egg muffin.
With plans from the team to install electric chargers at the property in the near future, this is definitely a spot for the BMW i3 owner if they are planning a Cotswolds escape any time soon.
“ECO Pro+ mode is perfect for the narrow country lanes, maximising the potential of the BMW i3's charge and ensuring that you can drive, dine and return without any need for a supercharger.”
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Fuel economy and CO2 results for the BMW i3 range: Mpg (l/100km) not applicable. CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. Electric energy consumption (combined) 3.8 - 4.1 miles/kWh. Electric range 173.4 -190.8 miles. These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The BMW i3 and i3s 120Ah is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. These figures were achieved using the WLTP test procedure. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2, electric energy consumption and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.