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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 #11 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
Hertford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We ate here again at the weekend and enjoyed another great dining experience. The food was of the same high quality it has been on our previous visits and the staff are always very welcoming and attentive. The riverside setting is a delight and the ambiance very relaxed and friendly. Looking forward to our next visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I thought this restaurant was totally overpriced for very average food. Starters are around £8 upwards and although look very stylish are very small and disappointing. They sound more interesting on the menu than they actually are. The main courses are again nice looking but average taste. Service was excellent but so it should be as we were the only... More

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north london
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was booked after a recommendation from some friends who had the previous week eaten in The Ivy and they said the whistling Duck was very good. High praise indeed. So, having arrived a little early we sat in the lounge area with a drink, (our own choice as we could have been shown to our table) . Having been... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I had high expectations about this restaurant, but was let down big time. Firstly don't mention that your menu may vary due to seasonality then use asparagus in October. Then being told that there is no asparagus yet the soup of the day is asparagus! The soup was bland and was under seasoned. I had duck for main, which was... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I was invited there for a friends special birthday one Saturday lunch time. On arriving as it was attached to the garden centre I thought I'd gone to the wrong place.! However, on arriving at the resteraunt, the staff were so very welcoming and friendly, even when we got a little noisy singing happy birthday! . The food and ambiance... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

It was like being at a Xmas office party. No atmosphere & regimented. There was just no life & appeared to be for the over 50's (no disrespect) the food wasn't A La Carte & the prices were terrible. The chips were out of a packed not even home chipped & cooked, the food bland & tasteless, the torte was... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. It is very disappointing for us to read such negative comments after we did our best to address your concerns on the night and were informed by another member of your dining party that they enjoyed their experience with us. That being said, we do accept that sometimes things... More

Bovingdon, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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
30 helpful votes 30 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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