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The Drunken Duck Inn

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Barngates | Ambleside, Ambleside LA22 0NG, England
+44 (0)15394 36347
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I usually don't give bad feedback (look at my previous reviews), but this place was awful. We bought lunch for 4 people, plus desert (one of which we had to send back), and 3 rounds of drink. In this place, not a small amount of money. I ordered 2 pints at 10 past 6. After they had poured and I... More 

1 Thank Matthew R
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The standards of food and service mark this establishment out as above the normal standard for pub grub.

Thank John E
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited The Drunken Duck a number of times over the years and have always been impressed with the food and drink choice. So being up in the Lake District for our annual visit I was eager to visit here again. However, on reading the lunchtime menu sheet I was very disappointed at the choice given that on previous... More 

2 Thank pda-prof
Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here after asking around Tarn howes and although we didn't stay to eat we had a lovely drink with no pressure to move and watched the sun on the valley. We even had the delight of seeing a rainbow and no rain!

Thank Milly M
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic variety of local beers on tap, suited perfectly to the beautiful view from the outside tables. Visited previously without a dog and had a delicious dinner, only downside this time was visiting with our puppy and dinner not served in bar area so we couldn't stay. Still worth a visit just for drinks if you have a dog with... More 

Thank Brigitta C
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a upmarket Inn with food and views to think about for a long time when one has long gone back home! Gorgeous.

Thank Gill S
St. Lucia
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189 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found at the crossroads where the road from Skelwith Bridge to Hawkshead ferry meets the road from Coniston and Tarn Hows to Ambleside. This is a once great pub in a fabulous location which has been turned into a gastro clone for homesick Londoners. I have known this place since the 1960's. The bar has been gutted and repainted in... More 

Thank travelpig_9
Exeter, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is many years since we have eaten at the Drunken Duck and since then it has established a a very good reputation so we were looking forward to dinner. However we were somewhat disappointed with the range of choices on the menu. There was for example no red meat for the main course except for ox cheek - but... More 

Thank nevben
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant came highly recommended, but fell far short of expectations! Service was poor and lacking basic knowledge. When the menu states a plural, this denotes more than one, this is not the case with the venison faggots on the specials board (although nothing special about them at all) should have stated the singular! To top this off, I would... More 

Thank MartinJH1971
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a table in advance for a Friday evening. We were not disappointed. Started with a beer, which was simply great and then later had a truly tremendous meal. My wife is a veggie and had a mushroom on toast starter, the flavour was outstanding she said. I had beef shin...words cannot describe the flavour...outstanding. My wife had cauliflower, pease... More 

1 Thank NormanPryce

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Restaurant Details

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