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The Tawny Owl in Balderton Newark is the perfect place to share good pub food with family and friends. We're all about generous 2-for-1 meals that appeal to everyone. And top quality cask ales. There's a big range of drinks behind the bar, including wines, spirits, juices, and spritzes. Eat al fresco on our modern and stylish patio, or come inside for a warm and homely pub atmosphere. Smiley staff will come and take your food and drink orders. Relax with a pint or a glass of wine while the kids enjoy the outdoor play area. Pop in and see us anytime!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely food, great atmosphere and Lexi made our dining experience very friendly and welcoming thanks to all the hardworking staff front of house and behind the scenes

Date of visit: May 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!

Reviewed 1 week ago

we were a party of 4 people. food was so slow. not many people in at 5-30pm. the wife ordered HUNTERS CHICKEN. SHOULD BE SMOTHERED IN SAUCE. WHAT TURNED UP WAS DRY CHICKEN WITH SOMETHING SPREAD OVER THE TOP. we had waited so long and...she was hungry she ate it. as not to delay our friends meals. we then sat waiting for someone to clear our table and order our sweets. we ended up having to calling over a staff member to clear our table. from across the room. when we asked for our bill it was there in seconds. fastest service we had all night.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Paul S, we appreciate your honest review. We set a high standard for ourselves, so we are disappointed to hear that your experience with us was not a positive one. We hope to see you back so we can make it positive one. Thanks

Reviewed 1 week ago

great atmosphere, lovley staff very helpful, food was amazing, would defo be coming again, pub is very clean and well put together

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we are local (6 miles away) we don't visit the Tawny Owl very much as it is the other side of town. Decided to give it a try on a Friday evening and we were very impressed. Plenty of parking to start with. It...was a very nice evening weather wise and the place was very busy. We had booked and were quickly escorted to our table and equally quickly served with drinks and order taken. Our waitress, Lexi, was buzzing around, serving several tables and working non stop. As I mentioned, the place was busy which was possibly the reason why the food was about 30 minutes appearing but that is a minor point. The quality of the food was excellent and the portion sizes were generous without being overbearing. My wife had a steak which was cooked exactly as requested. The menu was extensive, more than is usually found in similar establishments. All in all the entire evening was very good and we thank Lexi and her colleagues for looking after us so well.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Nigel C, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for a surprise birthday party, first time visiting the pub we were a very large party. Unfortunately we were not advised on how best to order our meals to ensure they all arrived on time, therefore some of the group ordered direct at the...bar and some when a waiter eventually arrived at one of our tables. The table numbering wasn’t clear due to several different tables being pushed together. Due to the confusion regarding ordering some meals arriving well over 30 mins after others members of the party had finished eating. Despite my order being placed at the bar with the table number my sons meal was delivered to a different table number, after querying this several times I was advised by a waitress that I had ordered incorrectly, then advised that one had already been delivered. A similar meal was delivered to the group next to us which was also incorrect. I tried to order a drink for my 17year old son as it was a special occasion and was made to feel like I was breaking the law rather than being politely advised that the establishment didn’t following the recommendations of the Licensing Act 2003 that states beer, wine or cider may be consumed with a meal if purchased by someone over the age of 18 years. Following the meal staff were asked multiple times for the cake to be brought out, unfortunately this was equally as slow as the food resulting in some of the party missing out due to the distance some people had travelled. Unfortunately the visit was tainted by poor service, lack of information and a rude and unprofessional manner of some of the staff membersMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Jo G, we're disappointed to hear of the negative experience you had at our location. It is discouraging to learn of your experience with us. Your feedback helps us improve and we would like to learn more about how we can make this better.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Tawny Owl with my mum on Friday 26th April for an evening meal, and despite that it was 5pm on a Friday we still managed to get a table pretty easily. Within a minute or two a young lad named Harvey came...and took our drinks order and was very polite and friendly. We ordered a few starters, then had the Pulled pork Mac and Cheese and the Cheese, Leek and Potatoe pie for for mains. The apple crumble was also delicious which I'd highly recommend. Our main server was Jodie who made sure that we always had a drink and lined up our starters, mains, and desserts well so that we were never waiting very long. She was very patient when we were choosing our orders and kept checking to make sure everything was okay. All in all we had a lovely meal, and the service was great too. Would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Luke W, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations and you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came in Wednesday had fish and chips the fish is now haddock 100% better flavour. Even had a couple of floater coffees after thanks to the lady in her own top her name was Amy

Date of visit: April 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dave67890, we are very happy we could provide you with a positive experience! Thanks again for taking the time to leave us this information about your recent visit. Take care!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service from the staff! Rubie went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed and made our night special!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Safari05824307204, thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at Tawny Owl. We're happy we could meet your expectations! We look forward to your next visit! Take care!

Reviewed 6 April 2024 via mobile

Was a lovely meal with friends and a very enjoyable atmosphere as all the staff were friendly. Excellent beer on draft and the food was tasty. Will be returning very soon.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

Hello Getaway25935997250, thank you; we appreciate your feedback! If you ever need anything else from us, please feel free to give us a call or stop by. Have an awesome day!

Reviewed 30 March 2024

Over priced drinks The Tawny owl is a great pub and has great staff. HOWEVER THERE IS A BIG BUT!!! The drinks are so overpriced and is driving us away to other pubs that are so much cheaper. £6.15 for cruz campo when you can...go into the...More Date of visit: March 2024More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2024

Mark M, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service, so we are disappointed to hear that your visit with us was anything less than satisfactory. Thanks again for taking the time to leave us this information about your recent visit. Take care!

Reviewed 27 March 2024 via mobile

The Tawny owl is a great pub and has great staff. HOWEVER THERE IS A BIG BUT!!! The drinks are so overpriced and is driving us away to other pubs that are so much cheaper. £6.15 for cruz campo when you can go into the...centre of newark and pay £4 per pint. Marstons are exploiting customers its cheaper in the centre of London. This needs to be rectified.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2024

Hello Vacation61472812786, thank you; we appreciate your feedback! Your recommendation means so much to us and we're so happy to have earned it. Thank you again for taking the time to let the world know about your positive experience. Have a great day!

Reviewed 26 March 2024

Had a great meal here on a Tuesday night which was unexpectedly busy. Waited a little while but not too long baring in mind how busy it was. Food was great, steak was cooked to perfection. Sam and the other staff out front were running...round like headless chickens dealing with a very loud and rude group of people. Compliments to the cooks who got some delicious food out in decent time.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2024

Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 25 March 2024 via mobile

We came here for a good catch up and I must say the service was fantastic one of my friends had some dietary requirements and the staff member that looked after us went above and beyond for us nothing was to much trouble, we had...a good laugh with her aswell, we asked her name as we want her to get the recognition that she deserves her name was Jodie , the food was hot and came out very quickly the cleannesses of the place was very good. We will definitely be back and we definitely recommend to friends and familyMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2024

Ann L, we're so glad that we were able to go above and beyond your expectations!

Reviewed 24 March 2024

Called in for the speed quiz night. Perfect evening had lots of starters which were on a deal. Food was fantastic. Such a lovely atmosphere will be back.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2024

Chayles678, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at Tawny Owl.

Reviewed 21 March 2024

Popped in for a pint on our way home from town and decided to have some nibbles. As we were sitting at our table enjoying the drinks, a very attentive server (Lexi), spotted that we were looking at the menus and came over to see...what we would like to eat. I had hot maple wings - good portion size, nice and warm + sauce was very tasty. Would have been perfect with a little sprinkle of garnish to add a bit of glamour maybe? Daughter ordered Mac n cheese but wanted it plain, and got exactly what she asked for 😁 Again good potion size, nice and warm and also very tasty. What made the visit especially good for me was how professional, polite and helpful our server was, so thank you again Lexi - Good job!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Pub Service Desk, Owner at Tawny Owl, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2024

Mr_greenbin, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Tawny Owl! We hope to see you soon!

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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5