The Duck & Willow

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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Special Occasions
The Duck & Willow is a Gastro Pub in the Heart of Downend. A family run business led by Head Chef Tom Brownell.
What 66 People Are Saying
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LF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, never fails to exceed our expectations, great for kids too.

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NM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing roast, the puddings are even better. Its a lovely pub and the staff are great. I have a small suggestion- your tables are quite high and your high chairs are quite low, higher high chairs would be awesome as my little one had trouble reaching his plate

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SD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Sunday lunch, was brilliant. Will be back soon!

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was amazing. The pub was dirty though. Really thick dust on the windowsills with dead insects piled up. My husband actually cleaned it himself with a baby wipe. The high chairs were filthy, they clearly hadn’t been cleaned for some time, we had to clean it ourselves before using it.
The changing facilities for babies is good, the sign saying help yourself to nappy bags and wipes was a lovely touch but no bags or wipes available.
The roast beef was delicious.
Would recommend not allowing people to book tables at 12 though as they don’t open the doors until 12 so when we arrived slightly early for our table we were left standing outside the pub! Maybe have first bookings available from 12:15?

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, lovely food and atmosphere.

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SB
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous food and made to feel very welcome. Super sweet young lady served us & I had a lovely birthday Sunday lunch

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KD
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Would recommend it to anymore who wants a chilled night out

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NG
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had Sunday Roast. Beef cooked rare which was good. I had Gammon which was cut a bit thick for my personal liking. Lots of meat on all dinners though. Huge Yorkshire and plenty of veg. Not enough gravy so asked for some more but it never materialized. Service was a bit slow but it was a busy Sunday sitting so could be different in a quieter time. Not the cheapest place around £14.50/£14.95 just for one course and drinks were all £4.50 ish.

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s
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff good service and very tasty food. Overall a very enjoyable evening

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JP
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food especially the Gammon and Poached Duck Eggs, very generous portions.
Brilliant atmosphere and the staff are very friendly.

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LC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely veggie roast, amazing Yorkies! Partner liked his burger. Big portions and nice staff!

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R
Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff and great food, would highly recommend

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m
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch was amazing , Just how it should be . Ample portion
Will definately be back

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AB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch great service, lovely interior.
First visit will definitely be going back.

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V
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service also excellent.
Could do with another 1 or 2 vegetarian options, as i have been twice in last month and had the 2 vegetarian dishes already!

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l
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice evening - good food - nice atmosphere. Would recommend.

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PW
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food. A little overpriced as most pub food is these days. Delightful staff

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HW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a lovely late mother's day meal! Nice table out the way, the roast diners were amazing everyone in my party said so. Portions were big and excellent value for money. Cauliflower cheese was the best!

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MM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and we really enjoyed it, food, staff and atmosphere absolutely fantastic. Would highly recommend.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food in a great atmosphere. Well worth a visit. The table was a bit tight, not much room to move!

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DS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal, had a lovely Sunday roast for mother’s day which included a free glass of Prosecco for my wife

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L
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice pub restaurant, making an effort to supply an excellent evening out. Good food, good service at a reasonable price.

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MK
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The place is nice, staff is very nice and accommodating. Food was mediocre. Ordered duck - was not great. Side dish of honey roasted carrots was boiled carrots with bit of honey on them- not what I was expecting. Maybe I had a bad luck... if it goes about place atmosphere staff definitely would recommend, food- not necessarily

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M
Hampshire
21 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food - great portion sizes and really well done. Would definitely recommend and will go again

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VB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great night at Duck and Willow. The food is back to how it used to be - compliments to the chef. Service was really good too. Will definitely be back! :-)

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CM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always lovely, maybe the lighting could be a bit more romantic for an an evening?!!!

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AV
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, will definitely come again!!

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D
Bristol
11 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for a weekday lunch so it was very quiet which spoilt the ambience. However the service was quick and the food good. Will have to return at a weekend when busier to really judge.

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NJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Sunday lunch very busy but a bit loud in there for me .

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SB
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff; welcoming, attractive and friendly pub. Very inclusive as I brought my elderly parents & little rescue dog & they were all made to feel special. I’ll definitely be revisiting them in the future

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RJ
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic we had breakfast and all dishes were fab. Did take a while to arrive, but could tell everything was freshly cooked! Will be back!

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

First visit and we were left dissatisfied. It seemed more time was spent on presentation and less on the actual cooking. In summary it was average food for above average price.

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SD
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Very nice pub/restaurant, waiter was very friendly and helpful. Food overall was good but 2 of our guests had the pork dish which looked a little pink in the middle. We checked it was cooked properly & was told yes its cooked in a water bath & that is how it was served. Nothing wrong with the meal but not how we would usually eat pork. Desserts were delicious.

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J
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have eaten here before so know the food is good, Sunday lunch was no different. Enjoyable meal and the service was great. Will certainly visit again.

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SA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, food was lovely and didn’t have to wait long.

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local pub serving good quality food

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and ambiance, more ‘a la carte’ than ‘pub grub’. Interesting and just ‘different ‘ menu both delicious and good value. Sets a standard that other eateries should aspire to.

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L
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good for both food and drinks and the staff very friendly. All our food could have been hotter.

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RH
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We went on a Sunday and it was not the usual great experience. Possibly due to short staffed but service was slow. We had communication difficulties with our waiter. My nephew asked if there were any alternatives to mushy peas, he didn't seem to understand this! Previously we've had a lovely experience there.

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JW
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Limited menu on Sunday
Lots of staff but not attentive enough
Long waits to be served
A little over priced
Ordinary beer
Starters and mains very nice
Desserts ordinary

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