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The Drunken Duck Inn

) #17 of 85 Restaurants in Ambleside €€ - €€€ Bar, British, Pub
Barngates | Ambleside, Ambleside LA22 0NG, England
+44 15394 36347
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“duck” (104 reviews)
“scotch egg” (17 reviews)
“sandwich” (57 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Barngates | Ambleside, Ambleside LA22 0NG, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to the drunken duck today , both of us had the beef dinner , beef was nice , but roast potatoes , they were harder than a stick of Blackpool rock , for £16 each , a rip off , well overpriced , had...More

Thank Kerry H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had a lovely lunch here recently. Dogs are welcome at lunchtimes, sadly not in the evening or we would definitely have returned for dinner.

Thank Jenny B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We met a friend for lunch having already checked out the menu online. Yes, it is a sandwich and chips for £10, but what a sandwich and great chunky chips. Served on a platter with fresh hand cut bread and plenty of filling, salad and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to make a reservation for this perfect restaurant. The drive is a bit harrowing for North Americans, but the destination is worth the white knuckles. The menu changes so I didn't have the lamb I was hoping for, but my selection was so...More

Thank cjknight2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I absolutely love this place. I've been visiting here longer than I care to remember and today we just popped in for a drink. The Bar is brilliant, the kitchen area a revelation, the staff superb and it's just a must to visit, don't miss...More

Thank Foodistherock
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Drunken Duck has steadily got more carried away with its reputation over the years. Yes it's a lovely looking pub with spectacular views but £10 for a sandwich? Really? And yes, it's just a sandwich with chips. Nothing more exciting. Go, but be prepared...More

3  Thank Jane A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was recommended to us by a neighbouring holiday maker. Glad we went wonderful decor, great beer and very filling scrumptious food. Was worth the bit extra paid, great sandwich I had falafel one had cheese other two in group had the soup. We...More

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been visiting the Duck for over 15 years. Back then it was linen table cloths and attentive waiters. Whilst it is not now so elevated, the quality of the food and service are still as good.

Thank TheJohnsonsOnline
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been recommended this gastro-pub as the best place to eat in the Coniston area. Whilst I am pleased to have tried it, I cannot go overboard about it. To be fair, the food was very good and we appreciated that, as well as...More

4  Thank Expl0rer007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you find yourself put off by the excessive praise garnished upon the restaurant industry these days you may find the experience of the Drunken Duck forced and slightly tacky. Firstly to the menu - the options are of the English rustic shire variety. Plenty...More

3  Thank coastalLily
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is this hotel family friendly?
8 January 2017|
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Response from Colin M | Reviewed this property |
Yes I would think so
What's the dress code in the evening
2 August 2016|
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Response from roos1ter | Reviewed this property |
agree with the above. Most people were in smart casual, but anything goes
Paul F
Is there another pub within walking distance?
28 July 2016|
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Response from vince3232 | Reviewed this property |
Ye Outgate Inn 2 mile and Brittania inn Elterwater 2 mile Brittania Pub is the better one !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Barngates | Ambleside, Ambleside LA22 0NG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 36347
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