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“wonderful food, brilliant staff, stunning location”
Review of The Whistling Duck - CLOSED

The Whistling Duck
Price range: US$24 - US$64
Cuisines: British, Gastropub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: On the doorstep of the historic town of Hertford, The Whistling Duck is a unique dining experience, complete with an A La Carte restaurant, lounge bar and tranquil riverside terrace. You'll find us tucked away on the banks of the meandering River Lea, overlooking the charming Hertfordshire countryside. Head Chef Marlon Erne and his talented team craft a seasonal menu of Modern British cuisine, full of innovative dishes and outstanding produce. Marlon's training in the Philippines and love of full Asian flavours also makes a feisty appearance in a special dish or two. Whether you're joining us for a relaxed lunch, business meeting, evening of fine food or a chilled glass of Prosecco on the terrace, we look forward to offering you a warm welcome to our riverside oasis.
Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“wonderful food, brilliant staff, stunning location”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

we came here as a group of 4. we started of sitting outside on the river waiting for our starters.
The food was lovely with great service.
Nothing was too much hassle.
We weren't rushed and when we had finished our meal we stayed for an extra hour and had drinks outside - it was just a lovely evening

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank sally8740
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WhistlingDuck, Public Relations Manager at The Whistling Duck, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Hi Sally,

Thank you for your review. Sounds like you were lucky with weather- the terrace is such a lovely place to be when the sun is shining!

Hope to see you again soon.

The Whistling Duck Team
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Friends Birthday”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Beautiful restaurant.. Lovely setting.. Great staff.. Food was faultless. It was the perfect place for a Birthday celebration and would highly recommend. We had a table for ten and went through all the courses !!! Fabulous..

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Lesley L
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WhistlingDuck, Public Relations Manager at The Whistling Duck, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Hi Lesley,

Thank you for your kind review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!

The Whistling Duck Team
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Hertfordshire
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely venue for a special occasion.”
Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

We had a family meal for my husbands sixtieth birthday and I have to say we couldn't fault it. We are foodies and the standard was exceptional. The whole family had a lovely afternoon and the riverside setting kept the children entertained! It is pricey but you get what you pay for. We didn't feel rushed at all and the help we received organising our special meal was perfect.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Hazel016
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WhistlingDuck, Public Relations Manager at The Whistling Duck, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear Hazel,

Thank you for your kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

The Whistling Duck team.
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88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Super evening in a lovely setting”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We booked this restaurant rather last minute for 4 people on Saturday evening - we needed a good venue for the friends we were going with and thought the Whistling Duck fitted the bill, having been there once before. We all arrived early and had pre dinner drinks on the terrace overlooking the river, which is a great setting and made even better by the fabulous weather that evening. Listening to the ducks, geese and sheep on the fields opposite was lovely and added to the atmosphere. Should be noted that food is not served outside - only drinks are served on the terrace.
The service is very good - polite and professional. Matches the food which was excellent - well presented and tasted very good. Good choice of wines at varying prices. Price for 4 of us including tip was £200 which is good value for this type of establishment and comparable with other similar venues in the area. Even for our friends who can be very picky, there is absolutely nothing we could find fault with here and thoroughly recommend the venue. We had a lovely evening and shall return.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Robbiebgg
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WhistlingDuck, Public Relations Manager at The Whistling Duck, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear Robbie,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed your evening with us.

We do recommend that evening meals are enjoyed inside as the temperature can drop quickly by the river, even on a warm day. A sunny lunch time, however, is well suited to dining out on the terrace and very much encouraged!

We hope to see you back again soon.

The Whistling Duck team.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Mr pointing”
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Great riverside setting. Great service and great food. Slightly expensive but we'll worth it. Will definitely be using again.

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1 Thank Nigel P
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WhistlingDuck, Public Relations Manager at The Whistling Duck, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Hi Nigel, thanks for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed our lovely setting. We have a new Express Menu available at lunch times Weds-Sat which is a really good value way of enjoying a 2 or 3 course meal here. You can take a look at the menu is online here> http://ow.ly/xrBzi Hope to be seeing you again soon.
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