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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 #11 of 78 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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Whet there Saturday with my wife at eight, got there at 7.40 for a drink first, we was asked if we wanted to see the menu, we looked at it and went to our table at 7.50 by 8.15 they had server our starter and main corse, both did not live up to expectation, great selection of wine

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

There were 9 of us and when we arrived we sat in the bar area (which was lovely) as it was raining, or we would have gone out to the terrace. We weren't rushed and were able to relax with a drink before being seated. The menu was varied and interesting with plenty of choice for all of us. We... More

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

Hi Christine, Thank you for your kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed your evening with us- we'll make sure we order sunshine for your next visit so you can enjoy yourselves out on the terrace. Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. The Whistling Duck Team More

Hertford, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

we came here as a group of 4. we started of sitting outside on the river waiting for our starters. The food was lovely with great service. Nothing was too much hassle. We weren't rushed and when we had finished our meal we stayed for an extra hour and had drinks outside - it was just a lovely evening

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

Hi Sally, Thank you for your review. Sounds like you were lucky with weather- the terrace is such a lovely place to be when the sun is shining! Hope to see you again soon. The Whistling Duck Team More

Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Beautiful restaurant.. Lovely setting.. Great staff.. Food was faultless. It was the perfect place for a Birthday celebration and would highly recommend. We had a table for ten and went through all the courses !!! Fabulous..

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

Hi Lesley, Thank you for your kind review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! The Whistling Duck Team More

Hertfordshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We had a family meal for my husbands sixtieth birthday and I have to say we couldn't fault it. We are foodies and the standard was exceptional. The whole family had a lovely afternoon and the riverside setting kept the children entertained! It is pricey but you get what you pay for. We didn't feel rushed at all and the... More

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

Dear Hazel, Thank you for your kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon. The Whistling Duck team. More

Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We booked this restaurant rather last minute for 4 people on Saturday evening - we needed a good venue for the friends we were going with and thought the Whistling Duck fitted the bill, having been there once before. We all arrived early and had pre dinner drinks on the terrace overlooking the river, which is a great setting and... More

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

Dear Robbie, Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed your evening with us. We do recommend that evening meals are enjoyed inside as the temperature can drop quickly by the river, even on a warm day. A sunny lunch time, however, is well suited to dining out on the terrace... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Great riverside setting. Great service and great food. Slightly expensive but we'll worth it. Will definitely be using again.

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

Hi Nigel, thanks for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed our lovely setting. We have a new Express Menu available at lunch times Weds-Sat which is a really good value way of enjoying a 2 or 3 course meal here. You can take a look at the menu is online here> http://ow.ly/xrBzi Hope to be seeing you again soon. More

london
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

if you can dismiss that The Whistling Duck is actually attached to a garden centre you can expect a very pleasant experience here. We had an 8 30 sit down but arrived much earlier to chill on the deck which overlooks the River Lea.. very nice !.The food itself wasn't too fancy but well presented and cooked perfectly. We had... More

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review. There's always room for Crepe Suzette! Look forward to seeing you again soon. More

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