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We are a small bistro serving modern British classics in the Georgian harbour town of Aberaeron
PRICE RANGE
£25 - £36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Gastropub, British, Welsh
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
Reviews (213)
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Absolutely sensational food!! Could not recommend this restaurant more. We visited the area for a long weekend, had we have had this food in Bristol where we are from, we would have paid at least double!! If we return to the area we will absolutely...be booking again!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Unassuming little bistro, serving out of this world food with attentive service. Incredibly good value for delicious food, carefully prepared and expertly cooked - this is a chef who knows their craft. Do not miss this restaurant if you’re in the area - it’s quite...a find!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have struggled deciding whether to leave this but feel that ultimately I should because it is only the truth.. We have eaten in this restaurant on at least 10 occasions & always been extremely happy with the food & service. However 2 weeks ago...we decided to treat ourselves as we had received some great news that deserved celebrating. We were so disappointed! The food was not up to its usual standard at all.. We both had the cheese soufflé to start & it was dry & hollow like an overcooked Yorkshire pudding, only saved by the separate sauce that came with it in a jug. That on its own we could have forgiven but our mains were just as disappointing. I had the salmon & my husband had the pork belly, both were again disappointing. The salmon was dry & unimaginative & so was the pork. I could cook better myself & when we eat out we expect as good as or better than we can eat at home. We intended to have the 3 courses when we booked but we stopped at 2 to avoid further disappointment. When the waitress came to collect the plates & asked was everything ok I was completely honest. I started by saying I’m not saying this because I want a free meal, we were genuinely disappointed tonight, the food lacked love & passion. I explained that we had eaten there many times & always been extremely happy prior to this. I explained how the food was dry & not up to their usual standard. The waitress said she would talk to the boss. We waited & we waited & NOTHING. In the end I had to call her over & ask for the bill. We were hoping that the chef would come out so that we could say everything I have written here but not once were we offered an explanation or an apology. We paid the bill in full & left & sad to say we will not be returning.. Prior to this I can honestly say this was our favourite restaurant & we have recommended it to many.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful evening at The Stubborn Duckling. Having visited a well known restaurant in the area the previous evening, the relaxed style of The Stubborn Duckling was more than welcome. Complimentary focaccia on arrival was a lovely and delicious touch. With a decent...wine list, there's plenty of choice available that compliments the cuisine on offer. I had the parfait, which was unlike any 'pate' I have previously eaten. The careful paring of acidic balsamic, with flavourful treacle bread and the salty hit of crackling was unmatched. My partner had the pork cheek and celeriac lasagne which was tender and unctuous, or has he called, it 'pure filth'. The main event. My lamb was to die for. I don't think I've ever had lamb so tender and flavoursome and the tang of goats cheese and onion tarte tatin cut through the richness beautifully. My partner had the beef, melt in the mouth and full of umami with crisp onion rings. To finish we shared a chocolate fondant with blood orange and malt ice cream. Occasionally, a pudding at the end of a big dinner can 'finish you off'. Not here. The balance of flavours was spot on! The richness of the perfectly cooked fondant was offset by the acidity of the blood orange and the sweetness of the malt ice cream! The complimentary fudge at the end of the meal was a lovely touch. The front of house here also deserve a mention, attentive but not overbearing, just right! If you're looking for a relaxed atmosphere and a delicious food offering, I can't recommend this restaurant enough!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our second visit - excellent food, service and atmosphere with reasonable prices for the quality of food. We recommend and would return.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sublime. An experiene to be savoured. Exqisite food pairings. The whole party thoroughly enjoyed the food. Our 2nd visit, wont be our last, and will visit again when next in the area.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked because of the name but would go back because the food was great. I the town for a w/e and enjoyed the evening here. Food was fresh & local. Service was excellent and price more than good.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow, this was quite a find. Six of us were staying at Penbontbren down the road and The Stubborn Ducking came up on a search for good food. But this was really spectacular, not a big menu (thank goodness) but everything beautifully cooked and accompanied...by first class service. Well done to everyone here for giving us such a special evening!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 February 2024

Have visited 3 times over our last 2 visits to the town and this place is an absolute gem. Food is stunning every time and service is impeccable. No complaints! We’ve enjoyed both the evening menu and the Sunday roast. The fillet of beef on...the main menu is beautiful. We look forward to our next visit!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 16 February 2024 via mobile

Incredible meal, the best I’ve had in a restaurant in a very long time. The wife and I had been meaning to eat here for a long time. We booked ourselves in on Valentines night. We weren’t disappointed! The meal was stunning. Lovely little venue...and the staff were great. It was so nice that we booked to go for Sunday lunch a couple of weeks later! Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024 via mobile

We were a party of 8 for dinner and were given a warm welcome and soon shown to our table upstairs. The efficient waiting staff soon took our order. The drinks arrived quickly along with rosemary and sae salt focaccia. Surprisingly there were little pots...of herb salted butter on the table - don’t tell the Italians but perhaps the Welsh add butter to this oily bread! My first course of tempura scallops was terrific - historic. The chilli jam had exactly the right amount of chilli, and the garlic emulsion was very good. My main course was fillet of hake which was served skin on and perfectly cooked. The sprout petals were a tasty garnish and sat in a lot of parsnip and vanilla puree which rather dominated and surrounded the fish. It was a rather gooie sight. We all enjoyed the meal very much and with house wines it came to about £100 per couple including a tip.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 7 February 2024

My wife and I were visiting Aberaeron for a week away and booked a table for a Wednesday evening. The menu offered set prices depending on whether you had two or three courses (with a £10 supplement for a fillet steak on the night we...visited). My wife had the mac & cheese starter a sizeable portion and very tasty, while I had a beautifully smooth duck liver parfait. For mains we had the lamb and paid the supplement for the fillet steak. Bothe were excellent. The lamb beautifully pink and the steak with a lovely outer crust but perfectly pink in the centre. My wife decided against dessert, but I opted for the the creme fraiche vanilla cheesecake which was very light and fluffy with a nice tart blackcurrant sorbet. This was all washed down with a very reasonably priced New Zealand sauvignon blanc. On top of all this the two waitresses who served us were very polite and attentive. All in all a lovely meal and I have to say that if you are in the area and get the chance to book a table, do. You won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

this restaurant has got to have a Michelin before long or should have had one before me and my wife have eaton around the world nearly this little restaurant in aberauron is excellent beyond any doubt what so ever, our names are will/marg Saunders from...Cornwall we would go back again just to eat there fabulousMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

Absolutely the best !! A welcoming arrival. Food was outstanding. The quality of the food was exceptional . The Welsh lamb was a joy to eat, succulent and cooked to perfection acompanied with well presented tasty vegetables. A special mention too for the cheese "welsh...rarebit" starter, what a dream that was !!! Thank you to all involved, much appreciated by us, a truly wonder Sunday lunch.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023

The quality of the food is second to none, the service is excellent along with some nice bottled beers.

Date of visit: December 2023
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5