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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BJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
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
9 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
20 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
11 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.

z
London
27 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great place but lights are too bright in the dining room and the food thought tasty needs some refinement.

HL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Still love this place but lacked some ambience this time, greeter at the door took a while, food - sea bass curry far too hot! Left without much of a goodbye or thank you. A bit average - service, food has been much better in the past.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Some food undercooked. Two meals were taken off the bill by he staff

JA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Muddy Duck never disappoints. Very happy to have this restaurant nearby.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful welcome, really helpful with dietary requirements, very good food & a super serving team

CN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's been a little while since we were last at the Muddy Duck - just too many other things going on. Very pleased to see several seasonal changes to the menu. Game ragu with pasta was remarkably good and lovely contrast with starter of scallops and pumpkin purée from specials board. We won't leave it so long for our next visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a lovely dinner at the Muddy Duck! Delicious food in a comfy but elegant space. Everyone was extremely welcoming and we whiled away hours in the cozy fireplaced bar for hours afterwards. A must visit!

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointed that the extensive menu had only one vegetarian dish, no choice.

LG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Welcome by staff was great.
Shown promptly to our table, our waiter, explained all about the food and specials available, and was very pleasant and polite.
Only thing I found was that the game pie was rather dry although a pot of jus was provided and being baked I personally found the pastry hard.
All my guest were very impressed and all in all we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
We certainly will be going to the Muddy Duck again soon.

LB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and really excellent service. The staff couldn't have been more attentive. I can't wait to go back.

NS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve wanted to come here for ages and finally got treated to a meal by my lovely mum. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations but it actually exceeded them!
The food was delicious with pretty decent portions but it was the staff that made it amazing. Our waiter was funny, knowledgeable and very friendly- a real asset to the restaurant.

JO
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We stopped off after a shopping trip to Bicester. The muddy duck is located in a beautiful village, easy to get to and food is good. We would probably sit in the pub next time as it was a little quiet in the restaurant (to be expected on a Wednesday afternoon). Worth a trip.

AG
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waited a while to find the right night to book as they are often busy (popular). Really enjoyed the excellent food and will return.

JC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service and a broad choice of dishes on the menu. Pleasant waitress who knew the food and could answer our questions. A nice atmosphere. Have eaten here in summer and winter and both inside and outside seating areas are lovely.

RD
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A tasty traditional Sunday roast enjoyed in a comfortable and friendly restaurant, we shall be back!

KT
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service and beautiful surroundings, very romantic.

SP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been several times before and they didn’t disappoint.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and service from the waiter! Everything 5 star apart from our greeting as we were not from the local area we were unsure where to go and the barmaid wasn’t overly friendly or helpful upon arrival! Other than that I would highly recommend.