When the Duck was first under its recent new management it was always busy, but it was only one third full this Saturday lunchtime. That tells you something. First course (scotch egg) was fine, though the sweet mustard mayonnaise was rather cloying. Second course (rib-eye steak with stilton butter) was simply not nice. The waitress never asked "did you enjoy your food sir" or any other pleasantry like that. The service was off-hand and inattentive. We waited ages for a dessert menu which never came, so I just paid up and left. Again, the waitress didn't enquire whether I'd enjoyed the meal, so instead I asked her if she wanted any feedback. I told her what I've just written here, and she then assailed me with a load of excuses ...."you were having an animated conversation so I didn't want to disturb you" and then, because my German partner does not do sotto voce (and I am partially deaf) she insulted us by saying that we were too loud! I have never known a restaurant to serve bad food AND insult its guests (other than Fawlty Towers of course). This place will not succeed I am afraid. Already they are getting a poor reputation locally, and I will continue to spread the word!
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