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The Drunken Duck Inn

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Barngates | Ambleside, Ambleside LA22 0NG, England
+44 15394 36347
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived on a freezing cold November lunch time to be greeted by a warm wood burner & lovely atmosphere. On first glance, the limited lunch menu looks almost too 'interesting' & I can well imagine the less adventurous types being put off by its lack of familiar pub dishes. But really don't be. There is a clever chef at... More 

Thank Karen K
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Preplanned a stop at the Drunken Duck whilst walking and was pleased we did. By far one of the best Sunday lunches I have had for a while, even though at £16 for Sunday Lunch main course only it is quite pricey it was certainly brilliant quality. Lovely cosy upmarket pub and dog friendly (in parts of the pub) which... More 

Thank apkirkbride1991
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hands down the best Sunday roast I've ever had, such a good lunchtime meal! Nice and spacious rooms, plenty of tables and a lot on offer. A must do if your in Ambleside or even the Lakes District!!

Thank PhillyClose
Chester, United Kingdom
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367 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well known pub that has had a reputation for food for many years, some people have complained of a limited menu but miss the point of a country pub with a limited number of covers, any more than the 6 starters or mains mean that food would not be as fresh or seasonal certainly tries had to be avant-garde without... More 

1 Thank Woodychester1
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came across it by chance whilst driving to Tarn Hows. We stopped just for a drink and when we arrived the pub was very quiet however shortly afterwards it started to get busier. The barman was friendly and welcoming and the service was quick. Whilst the menu had some Interesting dishes which sounded more upmarket Michelin style restaurant rather... More 

Thank mike-cheshire-uk
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place, great food, great views. Accommodation clean, comfy, stylish. Arrived late, great bar, very popular, friendly, tea and coffee brought to the room whenever we called reception. Mains and starters great, deserts were lacking in flavour on both nights we visited. Will be back soon hopefully

Thank 629peter
Darlington, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once again we weren't disappointed food is excellent as is the real ale from there own brewery. The dog enjoys curling up under the table which is always a benefit.

Thank JGraham12
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely bowl of tomato & Sweet Potato Soup. This pub is very dog friendly , good selection of beers and wine.

Thank Tony F
Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dined here for our anniversary meal last Tuesday and the food was out of this world !! I would recommend a michelin star as we could not fault anything about the food. For starters we had pork cheek with crackling & brisket in breadcrumbs sublime !! Mains we both had pheasant with artichokes & barley out of this world our... More 

Thank Ian G
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolute star of a place. We went for dinner and had a brilliant meal. The food is easily top restaurant quality - it's fresh, original and so delicious. The pub itself is beautiful: real authentic Lake District charm. I can't recommend enough.

Thank PinkishRed

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Barngates | Ambleside, Ambleside LA22 0NG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 36347

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?