The Muddy Duck - Hethe

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The Muddy Duck is here to make a statement – to offer something a little bit different. So whilst our pub and restaurant live quite happily under one roof, we’re shamelessly two faced in trying to create spaces that contrast one another. The pub and beer garden are intended as somewhere to enjoy a pint and grab a bite to eat. If you want to opt for a fuller dining experience, our restaurant or terrace is where you should head. Our focus is wholeheartedly on great quality ingredients throughout, leaving fussy, pretentious menus well alone – to be enjoyed in a relaxed setting, run by a locally grown team! We make no bones that we’ve done some very deliberate things in the hope we’ll become the best of the brace and to see you returning to us time and time again… And if you think that’s just another piece of PR spiel, we hope we look forward to proving you wrong!
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AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Sad to hear that the restaurant is changing, but looking forward to the new concept and hope the food remains as good as always. Look forward to the next tenyears

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday meal for two
As always staff , food and presentation of restaurant and pub excellent.

A
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully presented food. Very good and tasty food. Lovely environment to eat in

TK
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food not as good as last visit
Cold pickled red cabbage with shepherds pie didn t work
Better to go for a Sunday roast

CC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday roast in a restaurant that I have had . The very generous portion of beef was excellent,. The vegetables you could not fault. Great service , Lovely ambiance, with lots of family chatter around .

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, very attentive and friendly service, lovely surroundings

KP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Muddy Duck was excellent, we took two friends who absolutely enjoyed themselves.
The was very good and service first class.
Would definitely recommend to a friend.

LP
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and welcoming and engaging service! Great evening.

CS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service great as always. Staff attentive but leave you to enjoy your meal. Plenty of choice on the menu

AH
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at the muddy duck on Friday night was absolutely first class

SK
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As I put on Trip advisor, good parking, warm welcome, timely & appropriate service & the food, FABULOUS, all staff engaging & friendly. Overall a great lunch spent with friends - thank you

NM
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My friend and I both travelled an hour to meet up half way, This is the second time we have visited The Muddy Duck and have been very pleased and made very welcome here. I think it will definitely be our meeting place for the foreseeable future. Very enjoyable.

JH
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as it has been on 2 previous visits waitress was very friendly, very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had about the menu. I have certain things I cannot eat and the chef adapted a dish for me which was amazing. I highly recommend the Muddy Duck and if we lived nearer would visit more often

JW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The roast dinner was delicious. A bit disappointed that the Yorkshire pudding was a bit burnt. Other than that it was delicious!

CT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an excellent Sunday lunch, really recommend the Beetroot Risotto.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday roast I’ve ever had ! Charming place and great service

CJ
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far our favourite place for Sunday lunch in Oxfordshire. We love going there!

TN
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday lunches are excellent. The plates are piled high and the meat was amazing. My kids ate up all of theirs too. Highly recommended

BJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here several times and the food and ambiance have always been exceptional .
The staff are warm and welcoming and enthusiastic about the food.
We arrived a few minutes early so had a drink in the bar first, it's a lovely and cosy English country pub at the front, Our waiter came and found us when the table was ready but there was no sense of us being hurried to our seats.
The food is fantastic, a good choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes and everything cooked to perfection, in four visits I've not had anything I didn't love. The scallops starter was sweet and melted in the mouth, and the slow braised lamb shank was amazing.

AJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday Lunch. Good as always, was quiet as it was so sunny outside.

CB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely family birthday meal. Food was good as always however I thought there could have been a better selection of vegetables with the Sunday roast. Service was excellent and ambience very relaxed anc welcoming

NA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a family lunch with 9 around a perfect round table. Vould not be bettered

S
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We usually love this restaurant for food, but unfortunately we had a poor meal with poor service last time we visited.
I’m not sure if the chef has changed but the entire meal tasted of butter which was not pleasant.
The usual main guy was not there that day so not sure if it is under new management or if he had the night off.
It may be a one off, which I do hope.
I was going to book my birthday meal there for 12 guests but that meal put me off as didn’t want to risk it being for a special occasion. Such a shame.

JD
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We are returning customers, super place to eat and usually great food but both plates of our Sunday Lunch beef was very fatty and just unpleasant. The majority went onto a side plate which was “beautifully” foil wrapped for our dogs at home. Disappointing as usually have three superb plates.

H
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere & food. Looked after all guests well

PC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic roast with great service. Big portions and decent side dishes, slightly let down by mediocre roast potatoes and over-done yorkshires. Wouldn't have wanted to spend any more than the £19 charged, but a high-quality, memorable experience all round.

D
London
26 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was amazing apart from Roast potatoes. They were disgusting - overcooked and hard. Reheated a number of times.

The rest was amazing so to mess up roast potatoes on a roast dinner was very disappointing!

KE
Northampton
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The standard of food is amazing and plentiful. The service is outstanding and the staff are very attentive and nothing is too much trouble. Highly recommended. Keep up the good work.

MA
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a table for 3 for Sunday lunch, one of our party is only partially sighted and the staff did all they could to ensure we were really well looked after. The food was both ample portions and extremely tasty. Finally I need to mention our waitress (Alice) who was brilliant.

LL
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I generally can not fault these guys. I've only ever had great experiences. This occasion though we were disappointed with the service we got after explaining we felt there was too much truffle oil in the Venison and Boar Ragu. The truffle oil completely overwhelmed the dish to the point that was literally the only thing you can taste. Sure one can argue this is a preference thing, but that didn't ring sound, when, after explaining our disappointment to the service staff proceeded to explain to me that "truffle oil is strong", and that this "used white truffles" and it was "infused rather than mixed in". Bah humbug.

As a former restaurateur I'm well aware of how truffle oil tastes and how it can be used and I would argue that it's generally not used to overwhelm a dish to that extent, and if you intend to offer a dish that displays that level of truffle intensity you only need offer a warning to customers that order the dish so we can choose accordingly.

Their remedy was to give us two free deserts despite one ragu dish being returned to the kitchen hardly having been touched and the other from which only the pasta had been consumed. Blah.

RG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at the Muddy Duck, on Boxing Day for lunch. Great food and service and a great way to spend Boxing Day.

CW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent for our staff Christmas party.

C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Amazing value for money. A must visit

EB
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous pre Christmas family lunch, delicious and served
WIth fab hospitality

CG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Unfortunately everyone in our party felt that the food let down a lovely setting and good service. There was a after taste to the ragu and ox cheek sauce that was not pleasant- had the stock been ‘caught’ or over reduced? It was a shame because we really wanted to love it (especially at the price) but we just didn’t. Sorry.

PS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty food (so good that the price didn't matter), good service and warm (slightly hot and 'ungemutlich'), asked to move; then cosy. Acoustics requires some attention.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service although very pleasant had been slow. The heating unit fan needed to be positioned outward rather than downward (it was a little uncomfortable). The food generous and delicious.

LB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I can only recommend as I’m hoping this was an off day. A regular here for many years, the staff were great as usual but the food has deteriorated. My gravdlax had a bone and so did two out of the three fish main courses. Simply not good enough but as I said this is the first time a meal has been disappointing so I hope it isn’t a bad sign.

OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Very recommended für dinner

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K
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was very slow, the burger was luke warm, we did mention and the shared pudding was taken off our bill as a 'sorry'. It was meant to be an early anniversary lunch for us but we were left feeling disappointed. I did enjoy the ox cheeks they were delicious but the other bits let the Muddy duck down.