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The Drunken Duck Inn

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Barngates | Ambleside, Ambleside LA22 0NG, England
+44 15394 36347
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Reknowned for its food, we went for a mid-week lunch but were disappointed to find the lunch menu is now very limited - sandwiches, soup, and 'bowls' (gumbo, on that day). All good quality, although sandwiches were a bit meager and the chips are excellent. The beers that they brew themselves are also excellent but, overall, a disappointing experience.

Thank Neil D
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We last went to the Drunken Duck five years ago and had a fabulous meal, so returned with great excitement. However we were hugely disappointed. The lunch menu was extremely limited, and we both opted for the 'seafood chowder with garlic bread' The chowder was an unpleasant consistancy and reminded me strongly of tinned tomato soup. It had chunks of... More 

2 Thank Friertuck
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in for Sunday lunch - Easter Sunday - managed to get a table without booking and it appeared to be very busy. Roast beef lunch -£16, but it fell short in a few areas. Asked for the beef to be medium, but it was rare Roast potatoes very crisp, could not cut them. Veg ok but very small portions.... More 

3 Thank Motherhen55
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Turned up here for a drink, however managed to get a table due to a cancellation. This place was a major highlight to our weekend away! Beautiful setting, cosy bar, and the food was amazing, don't know how this place doesn't have a Michelin star.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Betws yn Rhos, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked in for one night, B&B plus dinner. Food very excellent, staff superb. On arrival, visited the small bar area to be met by the strong odour of wet dogs x 4. Almost decided to leave but remained in area away from the kennels. Another great place being jeopardised by inconsiderate canine owners. Apparently less than 25 % of the... More 

3 Thank ppiiii
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife to be and me stumbled on to this pub around about 1975 after some recomendations from fellow campers on a local camp site.after an hours trek we found it along with old stone floors and rickety old tables and a blazing fire it was the most welcome pub i have ever visited.the menu consisted of chicken or scampi... More 

Thank bossman053
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely location and great food . We have been coming to the Duck for years now on our visit to the Lakes , and seen many changes to the pub . It has been upgraded in the restaurant, you can now view the chefs cooking . The bar is always welcoming . Food is modern English fare , I had... More 

Thank Deborah I
Northallerton, United Kingdom
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274 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Been coming here for 20 years. This place is a legend- people seek it out far and wide. A warm welcome - lots of real ale and a great selection of wines by the glass- some niche so the entire wine list is worth perusing. Decent amount of off road parking and the place is non fussy re muddy walking... More 

Thank Diamond280
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Last went here 25 years ago . It was excellent then and is excellent now. A bowl of gumbo will keep you going all day. Exquisite location. Beautiful countryside. Well worth a detour.

Thank Harewood2013
Audlem, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Friendly staff & a lovely lunch all freshly made. We were a party of 8 but you cannot book a lunch time table. It was quite busy when we arrived but the staff sorted out a large table for us.

Thank tracey8790

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?