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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AG
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably our fifth visit over a few years and always the same - fabulous staff, excellent food and relaxed atmosphere. Wish we lived closer.

SS
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the muddy duck never fails to deliver on good food and friendly service. We had a very good birthday lunch for my daughter. Thank you all at the muddy duck

NI
Northampton
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service very good food. Excellent pork crackling strips. And wonderful atmosphere. 2nd visit will be back for a 3rd soon

CB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good atmosphere and good service. Quality of food excellent.

TH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, great food and friendly service made our Sunday lunch a most enjoyable and relaxed affair.

CM
London
33 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite restaurants....went there to celebrate my birthday.....Service fantastic as always, but felt menu was a little limited?

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish lunch with family & friends today.. Roast beef sirloin and Slow roast pork belly were excellent. Cauliflower and broccoli cheese simply scrummy. Puds tempted us too.. All coupled with welcoming, attentive, knowledgeable staff make this a gem of a pub.. A real delight..

MT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant had been recommended by a number of people, so we booked early - and were surprised when we arrived at 1 on a Saturday to discover that we were the only people there. Only three other tables filled up while we were there and, given that the food was very good and used local produce where possible, and the service was excellent, we were extremely surprised. We finally left our table at around 4pm - and were so pleased that nobody tried to rush us out the door. Overall, a very pleasant experience - and a jolly good meal! I would definitely recommend the Muddy Duck and it's delightfully quirky decor.

KL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely place would highly recommend. The staff are really friendly and take care of your every wish. Think it is one of the best places in the Bicester area

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delightful meal - would return in a heartbeat. Thank you!

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Love the muddy duck but personally don’t like the current menu. I thought the tapas / small plates idea in the summer didn’t work and this now feels like a half way house.
Superb setting though and the chef can definitely cook .. I just didn’t like the menu as much as I have in the past.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere and thankfully no Musak that so many places insist on these days- absolute bliss
Food was very nice but I have to take a point off as one of my two pieces of duck was a little tough and I had to leave it. The special of scallops as an entree were perfectly cooked however. Would go back.

D
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well knowledge staff and amazing variety of food on and off of the menu. Amazing dining and thoroughly recommended.

c
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience for our silver wedding anniversary!!! Staff were attentive, relaxed and very comfortable with advising us in the menu.

Staff very thoughtfully and unexpectedly brought some candles to the table when they found we were celebrating our anniversary.

Cliff and Kate

E
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food and surroundings are both excellent. I was disappointed that so many items on the menu were sold out. Our table was seated at 7.45pm on a Saturday evening so it seemed strange that even the olives were gone. The staff were friendly but seemed very rushed.
I will definitely visit again.

ST
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing food and location I would recommend this location to everyone

B
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday roast, great staff service and very friendly. Would definitely recommend to anyone

G
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Welcoming atmosphere, excellent attentive waitress, good food in a lovely location. Perfect for a wedding anniversary meal *

OT
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic experience. Excellent food and service!

NB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely meal at The Muddy Duck. The service was excellent and it is a very relaxed atmosphere, people tend to linger over their meals.
The food was very good, the only criticism is that the Thai seafood curry was lacking in some of the authentic Thai flavours.
Would highly recommend for an occasion or relaxed meal.

DW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We've been to The Muddy Duck a number of times over the years and have had varying experiences there. It seems to be cyclical and this time it all felt pretty mediocre. The menu was limited and presented quite differently to previous visits. Unfortunately we won't hurry back as there are so many great venues locally.

AT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal out with friends at The Muddy Duck. We all had something different to eat and thoroughly enjoyed our meals! The puddings were presented beautifully - especially the pavlova. Clean plates all round! I had the cheese board with a goats cheese, blue cheese and brie with delicious frozen grapes, figs and chutney. Perfect.
The staff and service was friendly, prompt and relaxed. Will be going back and recommend to all. Thank you for a lovely evening.

S
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Muddy Duck is exceptional and we’d have no hesitation in recommending- our only regret is that it’s not closer to home. Beautiful restaurant and buzzing busy atmosphere. We went on one of those ridiculously hot 31+ degrees, summer days but the staff remained focused & cheerful and produced divine food - the corned beef hash is to die for! Enjoy!

CB
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We waited 45 minutes for out first course. No apology. Cappuccino was ok, but the water cress had died a day early. Ordered some some bread and that took twenty minutes. No butter supplied. A further wait of 30 minutes before the main course was served. I ordered the fish and chips. Chips had obvious;y been under a hot lamp for far too long. Dry and tasted like paper. Fish was Haddock. Batter was fine, but the fish was full of water. Obviously not properly defrosted before frying. My wife had the curry. The rice was fine, but the curry left much to be desired. Would we eat there again? No

G
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I love the Muddy Duck having been there many times before and had an excellent experience every time.
Unfortunately this time we were disappointed. We attended 15:30 on a Sunday having booked a table in advance, two of the three roast choices and the only vegetarian option (without fish) were no longer available.
A couple of my party ordered chips which were over cooked.
We asked our waitress for more information about one of the desserts which she went away and came back with an answer. When the dessert arrived it was not as she described so we had to send it away.

AL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for my wife’s birthday, everything was excellent. Amazing food beautifully cooked, served with care & attention to detail. Everywhere was clean and we had an amazing evening.
Will be back and recommend highly.

MM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Muddy Duck is a wonderful venue with an excellent menu and great service!

JC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Muddy Duck is a splendid venue for a special family event. Food service and ambiance are excellent and a change of menu every few weeks. Brilliant!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and restaurant, extremely attentive and approachable staff. They looked after us from start to finish. Highly recommended!

DF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Lovely twists on dishes, purées to die for. Well thought out menu, and unusual delicious deserts. Staff were all courteous, friendly and knew their job well. They seemed to take pride in good service. Highly recommend.

K
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal experience on Saturday night with the Muddy Duck. We had an unexpected delay and called to push the sitting back 45 mins which was no problem. The food was outstanding, came highly recommended to us from friends and we’d certainly go back again. The hospitality was great, lovely atmosphere.

MC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I’m afraid this venue has lost it’s sparkle!!

Not very well trained staff, dirty furniture in the bar area, Flies a problem. Food very average for the price.

JH
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

White fish was probably not Cod as advised. It tasted like Pollock . Very disappointing not to have either Haddoock of Cod !!!
Coffee waa good.
Nearby wasp nest was a problem!!

b
London
20 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service

L
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location, helpful and friendly staff and stunning food

JD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and will definitely return

OT
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

First vist and will definitely return, but whilst the starter was delicious, my meal was spoilt by the plaice. It was overcooked to the point that I struggled to separate the flesh from the spine and even accounting for the samphire, it was over salted to the point of almost being inedible.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely supper in great surroundings.

RB
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the Muddy Duck. The food was excellent and good value. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Beer was excellent as was the Merlot. All in all, the pub runs as a well oiled machine. Thanks Richard and Micky

M
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Staff very friendly and welcoming. We went on Sunday to tried the Roast and it’s was delicious and can’t fault it. We tried the deserts totally worth it. We are going back soon to take our in laws visiting us.

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