The Duck & Willow

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83 reviews
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Casual
The Duck & Willow is a Gastro Pub in the Heart of Downend. A family run business led by Head Chef Tom Brownell.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Normally a huge hit however the service wasn’t as good this time round, slow with refilling drinks, not bringing out cutlery with our main courses, not decorating the table with all the balloons etc despite dropping these off hours before our booking having already agreed with the staff and they were more than happy to do it however they ‘forgot’ 🤔 normally happy to pay over the odds for food and drink in here due to the service however the little things were missed on this occasion

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B
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

2 diners: had mushroom gnocchi and prawn/salmon cocktail for starters, both excellent, light dishes with plenty of flavours. Both had rib eye steaks for main course - very tender with amazing grill flavour. Rather too many chunky chips to finish, but otherwise the balance of the plate was great.
Efficient and friendly service in a cosy, lively, modern pub setting.

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EW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, service and atmosphere were all great. The only complaint I have is that I had my elbows on the table all evening as I was taking to my friend opposite me and I ended up with the skin rubbed off both elbows! They are quite sore and I will end up with 2 scabs! There must have been a rough surface on the table for that to have happened so next time I will keep my elbows off the table or wear long sleeves! Apart from that was a lovely evening :)

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AA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall experience was adequate, with the food being reasonably good, though not overly special. Service was not absolute however, with one of the staff members not making us feel welcome at all; attitude was not expected for the role she currently resides as. A simple smile and a warmer welcome would be an improvement.

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DF
Bristol
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my Mum's 60th, and had a wonderful time. The service was friendly and the food was delicious. The pub was quite busy, but the atmosphere was lovely. We will definitely be going back and cannot recommend it highly enough

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J
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food delicious, good service, wine very expensive. Would have liked to have been given the option to buy a bottle of wine to be cost effective, as had we have realised the cost, we would have done so.

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R
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food at a reasonable price,nice surroundings and friendly staff.
Wetherspoons it ain't !!!

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GE
Bath
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was expecting a lot more when we attended the Duck & Willow - service very slow. Food ok but meat stringy and fatty. Had to ask for the carrots which was supposed to be included with the meal and were given 3 carrots for 4 people. Very overpriced for what you get. Not sure would return.

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DM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the first time me and my wife tried this place and we could not fault it. The food was the best I’ve had in a long time, the service was spot on and the overall look and feel about the place was perfect. We will be back for sure.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here for food and drinks! All the staff are very friendly and welcoming and the roast beef is amazing!!

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JZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I don’t know why but it took ages for our food to come. We must have waited a good 45 minutes for our starters and it was nothing complicated. The restaurant wasn’t even full. It was tasty but I thought a little overpriced for what you got. Good quality wine though and in that respect you get what you pay for.

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MC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes would definitely recommend to a friend. We already know a lot of people who go to the Duck and Willow. We are lucky to be able to walk there so we can both enjoy a nice bottle of wine or a good beer. The menu is excellent, great choice !

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HN
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Brilliant food and so welcoming to dogs! Service on Friday 28 June was not as good as it has been in the past. It was slow and unfriendly which is unusual. Excellent steak though and generally (on other times we have visited) a really lovely experience.

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NP
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time ive eaten here and chose pre prom breakfast with my son we both lovely food we both very much enjoyed it. Will be returning to try sunday lunch in a few weeks and very much looking forward to it.

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FS
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious roast, friendly service!

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JP
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit, friendly staff, nice choice of menu. I had asparagus with poached egg starter, could have done with some bread to mop up egg/sauce, shame to waste it! Acoustics made it very noisy at times. But overall enjoyed my dinner & hope to return some time.

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AK
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Totally amazing service. Food was good and we really enjoyed it. Not cheap but we will definitely go back.

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LF
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
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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