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The Muddy Duck

Main Street | Nr Bicester, Hethe OX27 8ES, England
+44 1869 278099
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish stew” (25 reviews)
“steak” (64 reviews)
Closes in 22 min
12:00 - 15:00All hours
Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Main Street | Nr Bicester, Hethe OX27 8ES, England
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I visited the muddy duck on the 31st of July with a party of 10 celebrating a birthday. The first thing I will say is that the place looks great the decor is lovely and the restaurant has a nice ambience. Our server was incredible...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place does a lovely Sunday roast , but it's advisable to book in advance as it gets very busy. The food is great and well presented and it's not to pricey.

Thank Joanna R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this pub for lunch last weekend with Dearly Beloved's family. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience as I am always slightly sceptical about overwritten menus and web sites extolling the perceived values of an establishment - not so in this case. We were warmly...More

Thank Bill C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perhaps we are spoiled - the food is well cooked but to be frank pretty basic. My Barnsley Lamb with fries was just that. Lamb with fries. At £18 where was the panache. The Duck looked good but clearly came with a Mortgage at £24....More

Thank Peter H
TheMDteam, Owner at The Muddy Duck, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Peter After seeing your review on TA and also our Facebook page, I reviewed the dish in question as it has very recently gone on the menu and I'm not based there daily. I'm afraid to say your comments are entirely accurate. The dish...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All staff were so attentative, welcoming and provided 5 star service! Food was exceptional, honestly could not fault my meal, my husband said it was the best steak he's had in a very long time (and he eats a LOT of steak!) I am shocked...More

Thank Mrsjfox
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been looking forward to visiting this place for a while. When there Saturday with friends. I had the salon and said followed by the kg of beef to share both were very good. Others had soup which was and ham hock and then...More

Thank Banbury-foodies
Reviewed 1 week ago

Met friends for Sunday lunch, a little charm of a pub in a tiny village called Hethe. Just the most wonderful food, great service and atmosphere. Even tried their homemade rosemary cordial, got to go back to try the rest. Pork belly was so so...More

Thank R0bbie26
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four adults dining in the restaurant for Sunday lunch, 3 p.m. 06/08/2017. Interesting choices on the restaurant menu but two of the party elected for the pork scratchings as a starter from the bar snacks menu and two the scotch eggs; all good, the pork...More

Thank Barrie J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for Sunday lunch. Probably the worst ever Sunday roast we have ever had. The roast beef was extremely tough, and embarrassingly we had to leave indigestible, chewed meat on the side of our plates. The roast carrots looked lovely, sadly they had been...More

Thank David C
TheMDteam, Owner at The Muddy Duck, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear David It's always disheartening to wake up on a Monday morning after a week where you've watched your team work incredibly hard to see a customer has reviewed us as 'terrible'. Fortunately, as you'll see from most of our reviews (including other reviews from...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having moved locally, we were recommended the Muddy Duck and have now been twice, firstly to the restaurant and more recently to the bar/restaurant. Both visits were excellent: great food, great service, terrific staff and a lovely atmosphere. Our friends were also knocked out by...More

Thank terryb0607
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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.
23 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
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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