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“Disappointed”

Bayview Duck Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 23 Restaurants in Bacliff
Price range: US$0 - US$8
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Disappointed”
Reviewed 27 April 2013

It turns out that this place isn't really a restaurant; more like a bar that offers a limited selection of food. From the outside it looks a little tired and rundown, and these first impressions are only reinforced once you step inside. It's very dark and the place stunk of cigarettes. If you were being polite you could describe the decor as 'eccentric'. If you were being honest, though, you'd say it was a sad looking collection of British tourist souvenirs, royal family memorabilia and general tat circa the early 1980's.

I had what appeared to be some kind of beef stew. The meat was tasty, but that's about as good as it got. The vegetables tasted like they came fresh out of a tin and folks, speaking as a Yorkshireman, let me tell you that Yorkshire puddings should neither look nor taste like that. They reminded me of school dinners back when I was a kid, and I don't mean that in a good way; thick, stodgy, soggy, indifferent to the phrase 'freshly prepared' and bereft of any redeeming quality.

In summary, as a dining experience, forget it. Maybe this place functions better as a bar. I'm afraid I can't comment on that, having resisted the rapidly diminishing urge to sample the beer on account of the fact that I figured I'd suffered enough disappointment for one night.

I'd hate for people to think that, even as a bar, this establishment offers some sort of authentic British pub experience. Trust me, it doesn't. I've spent a significant proportion of my life in British pubs of varying quality and I can confidently say that I can only think of maybe two others that were as poor as The Bayview Duck, and I'm talking as a man who's vacationed in Benidorm!

Imagine discovering that you had a long lost great aunt over in England who'd recently passed away, and she'd left you her entire estate in her will. You jet over to England in eager anticipation, pull up to her tumble-down house and, upon entering, discover several important facts; your aunt was a forty a day smoker who, circa 1983, had bought the liquidated stock of a recently bankrupt souvenir shop, she hadn't updated the decor since purchase of these items and, finally, round about the same time she'd made some Yorkshire puddings, plated them up, wrapped them in cling-film and left them on the dresser in case her distant relatives from America might come and visit at some point in the future. You could stay and go through her possessions on the off chance that you might find something of value, but far safer to just get back on the plane and head home rather than face further disappointment.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Awesome pub with a great atmosphere.”
Reviewed 30 March 2013

If you ever find yourself within 20 miles of this place, it's worth the detour. Just south of Kemah is this great little pub. The service is awesome, and the bartender knows his stuff. Tell him what kind of beer you like, and he'll make you a customized blend to suit your tastes. Great imports on tap at the same prices you'd find domestics in other bars.

The food is pretty darn good too. The Scotch Egg is awesome and so is the fish and chips. If there is a special that night, you'll hear about it and chances are, it's excellent.

Decor is kitschy, interior atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the staff is friendly. Great place that I'll definitely be back to.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Barry B
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Seabrook, Texas
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61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“OUT OF THIS WORLD”
Reviewed 29 August 2012

What can you say about a bar that is right out of a Charles Dickens novel. Decor is just weird but funny and a conversation started. Very basic pub food. nothing to right home about but the staff is very engaging

Visited August 2012
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Thank SeabrookJack
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Dickinson, Texas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“My Home Away from Home”
Reviewed 1 June 2012

We go here a couple times a week, everyone is family. If you like import beers you are in luck because no domestics on tap!!! (they are however in the cooler,just in case). Quaint and cozy. Must have menu item is the scotch egg with a side of spicy mustard made there.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank MandyB781
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Houston
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258 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Unique & Wonderful”
Reviewed 21 March 2012

I love this place & have been back many times. It is a very unique & comfortable place to me...I can't say I know of any place quite like it in the Houston area. They have a great & unique beer selection, and some great mixes created by the owner apparently. They offer food & everything that i've tried has been very good. This place gives me just a great "pub" vibe...as i'd imagine a "real pub" should be. All staff has been very friendly and helpful...its a great place to just relax and have a couple of drinks!

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank NATHANHOUSTON
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