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The Muddy Duck

€€ - €€€, European, British
Main Street | Nr Bicester, Hethe OX27 8ES, England
+44 1869 278099
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good20%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“duck” (338 reviews)
“fish stew” (32 reviews)
“steak” (82 reviews)
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Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Main Street | Nr Bicester, Hethe OX27 8ES, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a fabulous restaurant. Went for a 40th birthday celebration and we had a lovely time. Food, staff and setting were impeccable. We will definitely be back, and would highly recommend.

Thank Lynda T
Reviewed yesterday

Though the restaurant was rather quiet we enjoyed an excellent lobster chowder and attentive and very pleasant service. We will return.

Thank Infomaniac_1
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very busy, atmosphere was good, food was ok not fantastic! When it arrived it was luke warm. Service not very good, waitress not very proficient! Had to ask for cutlery, knives weren’t suitable for purpose! Could not cut roast beef with knife! Not allowed to...More

1  Thank Sue O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting The Muddy Duck for first time this week, service was the best I've had for a long time and what you really expect and want by a place like this. I had a small complaint on the steak, the chef was made aware of...More

1  Thank mavgoose827
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Muddy Duck has long been a favourite destination for our family celebrations because of the excellent standard of their food, but sadly no more. Yesterday we went for Sunday lunch at 2pm to celebrate a birthday, which unfortunately none of our party enjoyed. The...More

4  Thank sheilaking8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At lunch time today The Muddy Duck was less full than usual. Perhaps it was just an off day or, perhaps, like me, other people have begun to feel that the place has gone slightly off the boil. The service, as always, was impeccable: professional,...More

Thank cherrypicker53
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lunch in the bar rather than the restaurant or delightful garden, food is excellent and service quick and cheerful. Fantastic Harvey bitter from Sussex

1  Thank Ian B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked on the last minute off chance a table for four - taking a brief detour stop between X to Y. We were not disappointed - in fact, we have already booked again. The notion of gastro pub and good British food is often...More

1  Thank MortimerLake
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came for lunch on Sunday 2 weeks ago. It was our second visit. We drove from London and met friends from Birmingham. Our lunch was excellent and the staff attentive and friendly. The day after I received a call from our waitress to ask...More

2  Thank Mumblesboy2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A few years back we raved about The Muddy Duck and remember having the best experience for food in the restaurant. I don't mind paying nearly £30 for a good steak. The first visit our plate consisted of a ribeye steak chargrilled on the outside...More

1  Thank michelleGateshead
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3 September 2016|
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Response from TheMDteam | Property representative |
Dear "TeamRosty" Thank you for your keen attention to our reviews, but as a group of owners and a team who work incredibly hard at getting it right every day please have the common decency to obtain and be sure of your... More
29 August 2016|
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Response from Matthew23751 | Reviewed this property |
Fraid I can't help, but it won't stop me going again.
22 April 2016|
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Response from TheMDteam | Property representative |
Hi "afcbrock" Thank you for your question - however, there is no 'secret waiting list', so I'm not sure what you mean by that. We book the restaurant up on a first come first served basis, whether remotely through Book a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street | Nr Bicester, Hethe OX27 8ES, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Hethe
  • Phone Number: +44 1869 278099
  • E-mail
The Muddy Duck is a pub and restaurant located in the pretty village of Hethe, just north of Bicester. You can’t miss us – we’re slap bang in the beating heart of Hethe, next door to the Church of St. Edmund and St. George and just 4 miles from M40 junction 10. We love that all things British and traditional are making a revival, so whether in the bar or the restaurant, our food is an honest and inspiring blend of time-honoured favourites, with a creative MD twist. No short cuts, no ping-and-ding, no frozen – all fresh and cooked to order. The only thing that comes out of our freezer is our ice-cream and that's made in-house too. Through and through we’re about free-range, high welfare, sustainability, local or British produce if it’s best or at its best – and if not, we’re not ashamed to source from further afield, because quality is what counts.We keep favourite real ales and regularly have a few starring guests too and run an extensive wine list and like to encourage punters to try something different, so our cellar range is particularly good value.
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