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“Ideally Located Restaurant for pre/after dinner for RSC performances”
Review of Dirty Duck

Dirty Duck
Price range: US$12 - US$73
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 11 August 2011

Our second visit with party of eight friends for pre RSC performance early dinner.
Well received by staff,menus came quickly and pre dinner drinks no delay.
Efficient and pleasant staff who are obviously used to getting diners through in time for evening RSC performance..
Lamb Shank,BBQ Ribs&Gammon Steaks all excellent but Chicken Korma & Chill Con Carne a bit meagre..Home made sweets superb and Cheeseboard great but cheese sufficient for two persons...Good buzzy atmosphere and we were made to feel welcome
Good all round experience and a revisit planned as its good for groups as well as couples....Considered good value.

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Thank JBG1
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

Living not far from the Dirty Duck I occasionally give it another chance and every time it is always disappointing. The situation of the pub is great overlooking the gardens next to the river. What is lacking is service and a real choice of beer. Every time I have been in there the staff have been offhand and best and downright rude at worst. I think there must be a school for bad barstaff out back. Perhaps they learn from the indifferent management. The staff only seem to be animated when they can suck up to some RSC actor!

i cannot comment on the food as have never tried it, but lovers of fine ales and good service should avoid.

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2  Thank Darad
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

if want pre theatre dinner have no chance. told too busy to take anymore orders. word to the wise for manager, instead of having 30 items on menu have about 6 so can maybe feed more people

1  Thank jaqphil
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Reviewed 21 May 2011

I have lived in Stratford upon Avon for 11 years and whenever we have visitors we always go to the Dirty Duck. It has gone sooooo downhill over the last few years, and especially the last few months. They have some very nice bar staff, the kitchen staff try their hardest but Sam is rude and obnoxious. He has clearly been warned about his manner as, at times he has made a meagre attempt at being friendly but it soon wears off.
I can't understand why he is employed by a company as large as Greene King in a pub which could bring in so much trade from locals. I accept they still get a lot of passing trade but just read some of the recent postings - the best pub in Stratford is number 47 on the list???? This pub is right by the newly rebuilt theatres and could be soo amazing. There is only one way to go -change your management to somebody more professional (Hell Even I could do it) because every pub needs it's locals..

4  Thank angieM
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Reviewed 3 April 2011

Service a little slow, but pleasant enough.

Some of the food a little unusual (mushroom with goats cheese and pineapple) but pleasant. Decent pub food.

Prices reasonable and a nice atmosphere.

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Thank GemTT33
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