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The Whistling Duck

Lower Hatfield Rd, Riverside Garden Centre, Hertford SG13 8XX, England
+44 1992 514726
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Ranked #9 of 79 restaurants in Hertford
Price range: $24 - $64
Cuisines: British, Gastropub, Wine Bar
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: On the doorstep of the historic town of Hertford, The Whistling Duck is a unique dining experience, complete with an A La Carte restaurant, lounge bar and tranquil riverside terrace. You'll find us tucked away on the banks of the meandering River Lea, overlooking the charming Hertfordshire countryside. Head Chef Marlon Erne and his talented team craft a seasonal menu of Modern British cuisine, full of innovative dishes and outstanding produce. Marlon's training in the Philippines and love of full Asian flavours also makes a feisty appearance in a special dish or two. Whether you're joining us for a relaxed lunch, business meeting, evening of fine food or a chilled glass of Prosecco on the terrace, we look forward to offering you a warm welcome to our riverside oasis.
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

2nd visit to this restaurant and not disappointed. I went a couple of weeks ago with my husband for our anniversary, even though it was Wednesday evening there was a lovely atmosphere and quite a few people in. We were shown outside to the terrace overlooking the lake while we had a drink and looked at the menu. I choose... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Took my wife here for her birthday. Been before but wanted to go again to be sure before writing. Food was excellent, service attentive but not over bearing. Good location, no phone signal which is good, but will give you wifi password if you ask for those that cant help themselves. Food really was lovely!

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Yet another wonderful meal with great friends It has been a while since my husband and I have been in the evening although we frequently pop in for lunch . I was slightly apprehensive as we were dining with friends who had to travel quite a distance to join us and wondered if they would feel it would be worth... More

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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Six of us met for a meal here last night as it is close to where two of our friends live. Very unusual place as one side is the restaurant, and one side is a garden centre, and the river runs along the back of it making for a beautiful romantic setting. It actually isn't the first time I have... More

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Ware, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I go here quite regularly for both casual meals and special occasions, and I've never been disappointed. The food is always lovely, the staff are so friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere is always brilliant. It's a bit hidden away next to the Garden Centre which is a shame, more people need to know about this restaurant! I would 100%... More

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

When my wife and I arrived here for an anniversary meal, she was horrified: "You've taken me to a garden centre!" But looks can be deceptive and the unpromising frontage hides a spacious restaurant (not a garden centre cafe) with a lovely balcony area next to a river. It was good weather, so we sat outside and really enjoyed watching... More

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Twyford, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We visited this restaurant for a family celebration and couldn't of picked a better venue. The Sunday lunch menu was varied and despite the number in our party (10), there was something for everyone. Portions aren't large so you're able to enjoy 3 courses. Personally I had the asparagus wrapped in Parma ham to start, followed by the roast beef,... More

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Hertfordshire England
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80 reviews 80 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was my first visit and I will definitely go back. We sat outside on the veranda by the river for drinks and had a look at the menu. We ordered and were later called to our table inside. The menu was interesting.....I found it hard to make a choice. Service was excellent, the food delicious and a good atmosphere.... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was our second visit to this Resturant and it was as good as our first visit. The first time the Resturant seems to large and.no atmosphere. At the back you can seat outside for a drink and enjoy the lovely surrounding sof the ducks enjoying the stream that runs along the back of the Resturant. We had a large... More

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The wife and I have just been for our tenth wedding anniversary dinner at the Whistling Duck. I had Mussels ant sea bass. The wife had Prawn skewers and the fillet steak. All the food was superb as usual,there was a table of very loud people quite nears us which on an otherwise quite evening was a bit of a... More

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