The Wild Duck

4.2
259 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Cosy
16th century inn, serving modern food, with over 120 wines on our list, 6 real ales and a great buzzing bar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 10pm
Friday: 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 10:30pm
Saturday: 8am - 11am; 12pm - 3:30pm; 6pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 8am - 11am; 12pm - 3:45pm; 6pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
01285 770310
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
What 259 People Are Saying
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VB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Helpful and friendly staff, great ambience atmosphere for country get together with our cousins from the city! All that would be pointless without super food; spot on skinny fries and light crispy batter on fish, simple tastes can be the most difficult to get right but we all enjoyed a lovely lunch without getting stung by silly pricing. We'll be getting together again here next time!

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CB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really lovely, cosy, country pub with open fire. Be good if they did rooms too, which they said they have plans for in 2019. food was delicious, although a little on the pricey side. Shame they don't do Merlot by the glass, but the wine I did have (Malbec) was just as good. would definitely come again.

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JD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place but we visited on a cold day and and if you weren’t seated directly in front of the open fire it was chilly in the restaurant . Also some of the food needed to be hotter than served. And I totally disagree with the service charge, on our bill it was £30 thank goodness it was discretionary the service certainly didn’t live up to that high charge. That should be removed entirely and left at the customers discretion. Kind of changed the mood of the lunch which was a shame.

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NJ
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good fun tonight. Food very well cooked and delicious (often a bit hit and miss at the Wild Duck - presumably depends if they have a chef on that evening). But lucky tonight Service really excellent ....just right, not too intrusive, but quick and attentive. Not cheap, but anything any good isn't is it.

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal in a comfy pub with open fire. The kids menu was good and we liked the fact that dogs were also welcome

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KT
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration with friends. The food and service were both good. Steaks were very tasty and perfectly cooked. Lively atmosphere. Overall a very pleasant experience. I think the food is slightly overpriced.

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JP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The staff very kindly moved us twice, the first time to avoid an adjacent doorway, and the second time to distance us from a noisy party.

We then enjoyed our meal very much

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L
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

A very average meal. We ordered the beef roast and chicken roast. Twice we had to ask the kitchen for forgotten ingredients on the plate. As the roast only listed 3 items in the menu description, it is disappointing they couldn't remember to put 3 items on either of the plates. Yorkshires were cold and potatoes were hard. Cooked and then not reheated enough. Chicken roast is served with beef gravy. Not good enough for £18 a plate and to then we had to pay extra 12.5% tip on top of this.

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A
London
44 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Truly awful!
I keep going back here as it’s close to home . I wait a few months, book again on the hope it just gets better....I guess what was great today was that the awful filthy hops have at last been removed!
The service was awful, starting with our waitress saying” your table is over there” ,
The food even more dreadful!
Roast beef that was so tough and cold , we both asked for a steak knife just to cut it, but even that was no use.
Roast potatoes not cooked properly.
Considering this is a Lucky Onion property , it defies belief why they have not invested in it and the staff to make it close to their other Cheltenham locations with regard to standards.
It might be close to home , but this really is my last time here until maybe it’s been completely overhauled !
However , when you go, you will always find it busy....I also know that I expect a lot from service ....so judge for yourself....but I’m done with it

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is without doubt the best of the Lucky Onion establishments in our opinion.

Terrific food is served by very keen and attentive staff in comfortable and yet charismatic surroundings.

It has always been a pleasure to make the 45 minute drive to the Wild Duck and our most recent lunch on Wednesday October 3rd was no exception.

Well done to all who work at Ewen!

Best regards, Jim and Ginette Bradbury.

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NH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience but can get quite noisy. Very atmospheric

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MM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening with excellent food. Great choices for a gluten intolerant guest.

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HN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely pub! Food was great too! We all had different things from the menu - all great! I had food envy.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Wonderful old inn with very historic feel. We ordered the evening's special - partridge. Served undercooked as confirmed by the chef. Though we weren't charged for one meal, it kind of spoiled the evening. Prices high; service good, but not great.

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KJ
Gloucestershire
8 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fab service and food on a Sunday, we will be back!

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C
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great food and staff very friendly and attentive.

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L
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing atmosphere, attentive staff and very good food!

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R
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choices available from dinner menu, well prepared food and great service.
Disappointed to see a service charge of 12.5% added to the high prices for food and wine, especially as the receipt incorrectly shows VAT was added to the overall figure (including the service charge).

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SP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was very pleased to discover The Wild Duck. It is a different sort of pub, feels more like a members club. The food was v good. I was pleased to see that in addition to the usual pub fare there were lots of other choices, inc a very good vegetarian one. Service was good too and they brought some buiscuits for our dog. A good meal.

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Tasty Sunday Lunch , although roast potatoes were disappointing , not crispy. The meal was a little dry due to the lack of gravy when we asked for more we were told they had run out, I only had a dribble on my plate. The roast was served with lovely veg including cauliflower cheese. Overall we had an enjoyable Sunday Lunch and if we are in the area again we would return.

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GT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never disappoints, only one minor comment - they had run out of olives on a Friday night which one would think was a simple staple to keep in stock. Otherwise a delicious meal and thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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w
Gloucestershire
11 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice experience, good food and service

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BH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and the pub is beautiful.

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IR
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable meal with our son; really tasty food , especially the rarebit and the lemon curd pavlova.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and lovely atmosphere - the lemon Sole was sublime

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G
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was amazing however the service really let it down. A main course was forgotten and when we pointed this out the staff didn’t seem to acknowledge this and we had to ask someone else to make sure it was coming. Then our drinks order wasn’t correct. Just felt like the staff were vacant and not very helpful. Also not very friendly or apologetic for the mix up. We loved the place and often eat at the lucky onion restaurants and as always the food was delicious so will try it again and just hope had this was a one off of poor service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were a family of 5 adults and 3 young children. Booked at 15:00 for Sunday lunch which I thought was a reasonable time.
However by that time they had run out of one of the three roasts on offer. Leaving beef of chicken. Four of us went for the beef and one for the chicken.
Beef arrived and when asked for horseradish source were told they had run out. Although this may seem a trivial thing, it is listed as beef horseradish and Yorkshire pudding so I would expect them to have it available. Particularly as they are charging £18 which in my experience is way overpriced. The meat turned out to be very sparing with two thin slices.
They did miraculously find a small amount of horseradish and to their credit offered to make some more which arrived towards the end of the meal, although what they produced didn’t resemble horseradish sauce.
They overpriced and underwhelming food continued with desert unfortunately.

The setting is lovely and typical of an old world charm Cotswold inn

I am quite prepared to pay top dollar but expect to get value for money, unfortunately we left feeling this place was very much style over substance

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TW
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Sunday roast @ £18 not good value. Half a chicken on a 10" plate way too big. Actually put my wife and daughter off their meal. Quality ok, though cauliflower cheese poor.
Service just ok. Not very attentive. First time back in years & thought new owners would have improved things again.

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SM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal apart from the fact that a fair proportion of my 91year old fathers mussels, which he regards as a treat were closed. The waitress apologised but nothing else was forthcoming, maybe a complimentary drink.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Set in a small village, The Wild Duck is well worth a visit. Priced a little higher than most pub restaurants the food was very nice and service excellent.
We sat in the garden, as the weather was good. The inside seemed very dark and would benefit from slightly higher lighting levels.

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WJ
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Overpriced, poor menu choice. Whole place needs tidying up, some of the chairs were falling to pieces.
The Outside area at the front needs a lot of work, it’s a mess. Very unkempt.

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f
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

No baby change facilities, had to change my baby in the car!

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SM
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First evening of our Thames Walk. We did not expect it to be so fabulous in the middle of nowhere. Pub food, but with a modern twist. Too bad we won’t be in Ewen again

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PW
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to the Wild Duck for a roast for Fathers Day, and we were not disappointed. The roast is more expensive than other places at £18 per head, but it is well worth the money - I had the pork roast and everyone else the beef, and both were generous portions and excellently cooked meat. I’m gluten-free and the staff were knowledgeable about what options I could have, and apart from no Yorkshire, my roast dinner was no different to anyone else’s. The atmosphere is cosy and inviting, and we had two small children with us, and the restaurant is very family friendly. I would definitely recommend it to anyone else!

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LB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Too expensive as vegetables chips & sauce are extra on an already expensive menu

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LI
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Lofely setting, decent food and wine list, reasonably priced. Could do with a few improvements in terms of service e.g we had to ask a couple of times for steak knives and annoying wobbly table but those were minor things and we had a great meal.

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PS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always; the welcome is warm and friendly and the food is very moreish

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S
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

All fine . No issues

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RK
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the best roast Ive ever had. Def worth the drive to get to this little gem!

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PG
Oxford
24 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had Asian mussels which I can say were lovely slightly different from the normal way, hubby had carpaccio which he loved.
We had the T-bone steak for two.. for our main, it was amazing we think it's the best we have tasted, we shared a dessert lemon pavalova which was also lovely. Service was good, friendly, will definitely be going again.

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