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The Whistling Duck

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British, Wine Bar, Gastropub
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Lower Hatfield Rd, Riverside Garden Centre, Hertford SG13 8XX, England
+44 1992 514726
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Today
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: On the doorstep of the historic town of Hertford, The Whistling Duck is a...
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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  • 64
    Very good
  • 19
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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and good service

Went there for a meal with my friend. There was a wedding going on so could not sit near a window or by the river. However, I can not fault the service and food, we were treated really well. Not the cheapest place but worth the money

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
Ceesee1967
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited as a family with 2 young children for Sunday lunch. It was very tasty and the service was excellent. The waitresses were all friendly and smiling making a fuss of our baby and little girl. We had the roast beef which was nice and tender and the lamb shank which was delicious. Our 4 year old had a... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Went there for a meal with my friend. There was a wedding going on so could not sit near a window or by the river. However, I can not fault the service and food, we were treated really well. Not the cheapest place but worth the money

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I took my elderly parents to The Whistling Duck as a treat, it has a lovely setting next to the river and you can sit outside is the weather permits. Our food was very good and the service excellent. This is not a cheap place to eat but you certainly get what you pay for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Lovely lunch in the summer, riverside table, warm weather, great welcome, good menu and wine. Friendly and attentive staff.

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Herts. UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Had a relaxing and yummy lunch with four friends in June. Perfect day so after lunch sat out on the deck. they were closing but told us not to rush off. the staff were very helpful, changing tables and chairs around for us. the food was well cooked, interesting & well presented. Some interesting spices used. I have a thing... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Very attentive service very polite and courteous staff. Food was excellent no complaints. Now the bad news very very overpriced and a service charge was added. For example a large glass of pinot £7.20. Beautiful setting can be quite decieving as its on the garden centre grounds but when inside very impressed. So we would return maybe not have too... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We tried this restaurant after a recommendation and are so glad we did. It's ideal for a special occasion but also family friendly. Not sure if it can be hired as a venue but would be great for a wedding too. Service food and ambience all excellent. My husband mentioned to the waitress as we ordered desert that it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

I have had my birthday dinner with family here a few times. Lovely views of the river (and ducks!!), really great food, if a bit posh. Very professional staff, lovely relaxed atmosphere considering how posh it makes me feel! Honestly I think it is very pricey, but food is well worth it. I will definitely go back.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Having had a 50th birthday celebration back on 29 April 2015, they described on the menu, a rack of lamb. After a period of time, we were presented with our food, 3 lamb cutlets, is not a rack of lamb?? Having asked for a manger, was approached by a young lady, who said she was a manager. Whom proceeded to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We decided to go to the Whistling Duck for lunch on the bank holiday recently. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly chap and had our choice of tables. The wine list was extensive and settled on a Pinot Grigio in the end. He had the livers for starters followed by the lamb shank. For my lunch I... More 

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Additional Information about The Whistling Duck

Address: Lower Hatfield Rd, Riverside Garden Centre, Hertford SG13 8XX, England
Phone Number: +44 1992 514726
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Hertford
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Average Prices: USD 24 - 64
Cuisine: British, Wine Bar, Gastropub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lower Hatfield Rd, Riverside Garden Centre, Hertford SG13 8XX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Hertford
  • Phone Number: +44 1992 514726

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 64
  • Cuisine: British, Wine Bar, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:30 am

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