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“Better than your average chippy” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Ruddy Duck

The Ruddy Duck
Ranked #9 of 49 Restaurants in Holywood
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, British, Fast food
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Better than your average chippy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

My wife is more into fish than me but I do like a traditional 'supper' as much as any Northern Ireland man. Hence our visit to the Ruddy Duck on a cold, windy Christmas Eve for our lunch. It was great. My fellow gourmet had a generous salmon fillet served with green beens, potatoes and chilli jam: she was delighted with it. I had - yes - the fish and chips. It was a generous portion which came with mushy peas and tartare sauce in little ramekins. The fish was fresh, cooked perfectly in a light batter that didn't overwhelm it. Not a hint of grease in sight. Chips were good but not great: I've had better but I've also had much worse. Was it more expensive than the average chippy? Yes: a little. Was it worth the bit extra? Definitely. They are good at fish here!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Belfast, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

There are not many chip shops where you can get lovely pan fried fish and a freshly made salad, rather than the normal deep fried fish and chips if you want something light. We regularly visit this chip shop as we can get alternatives to the normal chip shop fair. The fishcakes are also excellent, and the crab claws are also very good.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Holywood, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“hard to beat for takeaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

Great chippy with a fantastic selection of fish dishes. well priced and always tasty. this is always my first choice for a lazy night in with chips

Visited December 2013
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Crab Claws!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

Best Crab claws ever!! Fish cake is pretty awesome too. Not the price of a normally chippy but its more than a chippy and worth the extra couple of quid. Will see you soon

Visited October 2013
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Holywood, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“best chippy ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

this is believe is the best chippy in holywood and possibly NI. The selection of fish is unbelievable and could give some fish restaurants a run for their money when it comes to choice. The chowder is fantastic.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Rmcg85
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