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All 79 Hertford Restaurants

The Whistling Duck

Lower Hatfield Rd, Riverside Garden Centre, Hertford SG13 8XX, England
+44 1992 514726
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Ranked #10 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
Bovingdon, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Not what you normally expect attached to a garden centre. Large, elegant restaurant, with numerous tables nicely laid with linen tablecloths and proper napkins. Without doubt upmarket, and a bit pricey, but worth it. The waiting staff are professional. Excellent wine list, and speciality food. Lunchtime 2 course meal £19.95 (3 courses another fiver). Grand piano in the restaurant, and... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I wasn't sure when my husband booked this restaurant for my birthday dinner but I am so pleased he did. The interior is smart,the waiting staff polite and efficient and the food magnificent. I have already booked to go back in a few weeks time and this is now my new favourite restaurant in the area

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

this was my first visit and although the food was ok, the service was very poor and compared to other resteraunts the prices were very high. There are many more top end resteraunts that offer a far better experience, I don't think I will be returning in a hurry

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WhistlingDuck, Public Relations Manager at The Whistling Duck, responded to this review

Hi Nick, Thank you for your feedback, it's really disappointing to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience with us, especially as we pride ourselves on our customer service. If you'd like to send us an email to info@thewhistlingduck.co.uk and let us know a few more details about your visit then we'd like to look info what went wrong on... More

Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I was initially apprehensive about this restaurant as it appeared to be part of the garden centre. I am so pleased I was persuaded otherwise as this really is an exceptional venue. The view out the back across the river is superb. The staff are very attentive and the food we ate was good. Would definitely return and happy to... More

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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
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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