The Wild Duck

4.1
238 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
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 238 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined a day ago

Nice experience, good food and service

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was wonderful and the pub is beautiful.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Great food and lovely atmosphere - the lemon Sole was sublime

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3.0Dined on 4 August 2018

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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2.0Dined on 29 July 2018

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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2.0Dined on 29 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

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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3.0Dined on 26 July 2018

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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3.0Dined on 12 July 2018

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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3.0Dined on 3 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 16 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 11 June 2018

All fine . No issues

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Lovely setting and buildings, food let down by every single dish totally swimming in butter. Made a comment to waitress to be greeted with an “oh dear”. Lovely other than butter mountain

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3.0Dined on 27 May 2018

On the positive side the food and staff were quite good although the meal was a bit expensive but on a sunny day outside we were in a very dark corner of the pub sitting on very hard wooden seats, which were uncomfortable. We wished we had sat at a table in the garden.

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Food selection, quality and service were all good. The desserts were excellent but portions could have been smaller. A real dilemma - leave wonderful food or over eat!

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3.0Dined on 23 May 2018

Poor value, we were at first sitting in a walk through to the kitchen and asked to be moved. A table was pointed out to us and we carried everything across ourselves. Dining area is very dark with bad lighting.

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Friendly welcome on arrival. Great selection of beers and wine. Spacious bar with the added bonus of an excellent outside seating area. Menu with a wonderful selection for all tastes. Restaurant is very impressive with plenty of space between tables and a variety of seating options. Very attentive service . Food served with a smile and good humour. We visited with friends whilst on holiday and will be back again . Thank you.

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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Nice place for dinner, food was great with lovely pub ambiance.

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Beautiful pub and excellent food with very adventurous menu even in a Monday lunchtime.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Great Sunday lunch especially as the music could be turned down sadly though not off!!

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3.0Dined on 13 May 2018

We have visited the Wild Duck for several years in a row and it was very good in the past.
Now it seems that too many people are crammed into too small rooms/spaces. The tables are uneven and wobbly. The food is now based on quantity rather than quality. The ham hock terrine was very fatty and not nice. the roast dinners were very large but the quality of the meat not good (ie beef was rare and tough).
Its a pity because previously the food has been very good.

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3.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Fantastic staff but rather overpriced we thought for the meal itself. Thank goodness we didn’t order many drinks.
It’s lovely there but probably won’t have the budget to return

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

lovely setting with excellent service and a varied menu

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2.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Pub food over priced and mostly over SALTED. If we had known most meals had an Asian theme we would nether had booked. They should say on the menu warm duck salad was over salted Asian duck salad. never again.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

The food was really good and service exceptional even though it was busy, superb garden area too.

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Delicious Sunday lunch with 2 friends and our 3 children.

My husband and I shared the roast lamb shoulder which was plentiful and luxurious. Our kids had small roast dinners which were also generous portions (although I would recommend asking for the gravy to be served separately as 2 out of the 3 children complained about their food being gravy soaked).

The grown-ups shared a fabulous bottle of Spanish red wine, and would have had a second bottle but the lack of cellular signal or wifi meant the kids got restless.

There was a dog accompanying the adjacent table to ours and though he settled down fairly quickly after our arrival, he did also coat my jacket in white hairs as he brushed past me a few times for his comfort breaks. I would prefer the option to not sit next to a dog whilst eating if possible.

Our waitress was superb - good humoured, efficient and professional. I would definitely recommend The Wild Duck for a hearty Sunday lunch with family and friends.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Lovely. Went over the Easter bank holiday! Great atmosphere and good service. Would definitely recommend

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Very nice meal had by all

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

lovely place, fantastic food, and great service. Definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Had a lovely Sunday lunch! Staff were fantastic and a lovely pub!

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1.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Disappointing second visit to this pub, Sunday lunch there weren’t any light lunches available on the menu or steaks which reduced the Sunday lunch menu significantly. Roast pork had a huge Yorkshire pudding on the plate but it was cold so sent it back but most of the meal was tepid.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Lovely Sunday lunch, lots of interesting dishes on the menu apart from classic roasts.

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Came here for Mother's day.
Very warm and friendly reception. Has the look and feel of a village pub.
Food was sent to our table in a relaxed manner (ie no impression to rush us out of there).
Plates were certainly not minimalist. Struggled to finish mine. Desserts were finished.
We had a 3 year old infant whom we had to keep on our side, and staff were co-operative to bring his food out on time (kid's portions are very generous).

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