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“Great little restaurant off the beaten track” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro

Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro
3 | Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SL, England
+44 117 930 4034
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Ranked #78 of 1,530 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $46
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Cherry Duck is a central retreat for those in search of quality food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. We prise ourselves in offering freshly prepared local food, elegantly presented, at great value. Our drinks list makes us an ideal venue to enjoy our AL Fresco areas with a sun trap terrace to the front of the venue and benches on the harbour to the rear. Inside we have a top cocktail bar and classy dining space that is unfussy but refined.We are ideally situated within minutes of Bristol's main central attractions which makes us a great place to meet before heading off in to the city, or indeed after a day of sightseeing. Our quality food and beverages and attentive service, offering wine recommendations to match your food and friendly table service have put us in the running for 5 of Bristol's Good Food Awards this year. We are shortlisted for Best Restaurant, Best New Restaurant, Best Wine List, Best Front of House and also our head chef and owner Jack Bain is nominated for Best Chef.We strive to make every visitor to Cherry Duck feel in comfort and ease and are proud to have provided special experiences for so many people.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
“Great little restaurant off the beaten track”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

A new opening which has received good reviews in the local press, this is a small restaurant housed in a former bar/cafe in a quiet and dark stretch of road between Queen Square and The Old Duke. As such, it’s unlikely to get much in the way of passing trade, and was only around half full on our Saturday evening visit. It’s got a pleasant, modern interior, with full size windows at the back which would no doubt offer a great view of the river in the summer months. Waiting staff all seemed pleasant and helpful, and volunteered to recommend us some wine to accompany our meal (he subsequently came up with two options, one of which was £64. We went for the cheaper one!).

The menu was fairly concise, with only about five or six options for each course, but there were several that we liked the sound of. Complimentary bread was bought to our table, and whilst this was essentially just a plain white roll, it was nonetheless very soft and still warm and came with a bowl of olive oil apparently made from some handpicked olives in southern Spain. I probably would have chosen the pigeon for starter if my companion had not, but in the event I’m very glad that I didn’t as I much preferred my Bath Blue, Caramelised Walnut Salad, Pomegranate Dressing. Other courses such as Pork Belly, Salty Caramel, Baby Leeks, Pomme Purée and a Sticky Date Sponge with Rum Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream were all very good. Prices were reasonable with three courses being a set £22.50, and whilst a 10% service charge was added we were quite happy with this as the service had been good and the prices low to start with.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bristol
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The food was ok to very good, however the price shown for 2 or 3 courses was not all it seemed to be, some dishes had supplements, on the night we went both meat dishes had a supplement. We could not get a table early so ate late, as a result not all dishes were available.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic place with great service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Thoroughly recommend the cherry duck for great cuisine that is extremely good value For money ( 2 courses £20). Staff very knowledgable about both the food being served (where it came from,etc) and the origins of the vast range of cocktails on offer. Thank you for a great dining experience. We will be back.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Good food, great location, fab service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We each had three courses. The Duck brulee starter was amazing. The mains were good but not amazing. Pudding was amazing. I would certainly recommend trying this intimate place. It's in a great location overlooking the river and the decor is muted and relaxing. The staff were attentive and friendly. Overall a little gem!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Pleasant bistro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Nice healthy food a little expensive but worthwhile. Sat outside which could do with a tidy up for a bistro of this type.

Visited March 2013
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