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The Whistling Duck

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British, Pub, Wine Bar, Gastropub
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Lower Hatfield Rd, Riverside Garden Centre, Hertford SG13 8XX, England
+44 1992 514726
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:30 am
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 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
Very upmarket garden centre restaurant by the River Lee

We visited The Whistling Duck at the Riverside Garden Centre for morning coffee on a Monday (N.B. Opening times on Tripadvisor are not up to date). On arrival the Garden Centre is to the left of the entrance; it has as excellent range of Weber BBQ items and garden furniture (mainly Alexandra... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Andrew081
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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235 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We visited The Whistling Duck at the Riverside Garden Centre for morning coffee on a Monday (N.B. Opening times on Tripadvisor are not up to date). On arrival the Garden Centre is to the left of the entrance; it has as excellent range of Weber BBQ items and garden furniture (mainly Alexandra Rose), but no plants. To the right of... More 

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Ware, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I met a couple of friends for lunch at the Whistling Duck. I did not realise how huge the restaurant was. The tables were set up beautifully and so clean. We chose to sit outside by the stream. It was so tranquil with all the ducks and birdlife about. We all had lite -bites for our lunch. I had the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The premises of this restaurant may well put some new visitors off. It's attached to what used to be a garden centre - but it's certainly not a garden centre "cafe" it's a proper restaurant. The decking area along the river bank is lovely and if the weather is kind enough it is a beautiful setting to eat out on... More 

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Been meaning to write a review for ages. Been twice to the whistling duck. First time was for mine and my fiancé anniversary. Amazing food I've had I a while. 3 courses and 2 drinks each came to £75! Thought that was really good value. We've been looked after very well both times we've been. Second time we went was... More 

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Herts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 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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London, United Kingdom
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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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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, Pub, Wine Bar, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

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