Written on: 03/02/2013 by Jenniferblue (1 review written)
My own mistake for giving it a second chance, bad enough the first time, but being fair I returned, truly, truly awful, only giving it one star as the quant setting and surroundings warrant that, but apart from that its a washout, countless staff more interested in texting and talking than serving the customers and seeing to their needs or requests. Then dishing up to the table with 'carefully selected local produce' well if it is whoever is in the kitchen must have a real grudge with the... (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2012 by Jo.G
We booked last minute and got an excellent rate of £50 per room with full English Breakfast (the best we have ever had!!!). Room was stunning (Mallard and Teal rooms have HUGE baths), veiws amazing, staff attentive and friendly giving us a choice of rooms on arrival and also letting us choose breakfast time. Stayed for a meal (food gorgeous!) in evening and pub was extremely busy but lovely, cosy atmosphere!! We will definatly be going again!! We believe they have changed management in last... (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2012 by cantbebothered (1 review written)
Having eaten there before & enjoyed it was really full after eating fish & chips Went last week after long walk with my sons & the dog we were hungry so went for fish & chips again When food came the fish was half the size as the last time mushy peas didnt contain peas & at £12-50 it wasnt cheap Didnt see the point of complaining staff didnt seem interested & would probly only replied `sorry about that` Certainly will not be returning (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2012
I've been visiting the Strawberry Duck pub for many years for the good food but since the chef changed a few months ago, the menu has become very limited and the selection and value of the sandwiches at lunch time is particularly awful. We always called into the pub after a long walk and looked forward to the wide choice of good value sandwiches e.g. home cooked ham and beef. Now they serve a small selection of mainly "open sandwiches" which seems to mean an excuse to serve you one slice... (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2012 by linto78 (2 reviews written)
I went to Strawberry Duck for and we had been before and had no problems. On this occasion though, we sat in the restaurant and were treated to foul, loud language and blaring music coming from the kitchen. My wife having ordered fish and chips (Lasagne un-available) and discovered short black hair in her meal. The bar lady was very apologetic and offered a alternative or refund for the meal and we took the refund. It seemed very unprofessional on their part and I dare to say I wouldn't... (read more)
Written on: 01/01/2012 by JZIB
I appreciate that we landed during what appeared to be the pub's busiest hours (dinner), but even so... After paying a total of £22 for two sandwiches, two 'plates' of chips (for £2.75 each I expected something more substantial than the two teeny weeny saucers served) and "three individual pots of tea" (we got three cups but only one pot), our food arrived SEVENTY mins later...but only after informing the 2nd waitress of its being late. The 1st one, a foreign lady, ignored our 'where is... (read more)
Written on: 28/08/2011
First time, very impessed, food outstanding for pub food. Like the way local produce is used. Most enjoyable evening, staff very friendly, no long waits in between courses. Excellent and first class. We were introduced to the Strawbury Duck by friends who go at lunch time. Six of us dined last night. Keep up the good work it is worth travelling from Eccles, Manchester. The word will be spread what a nice place to visit. Hope to go again in the not too distant future and take new people. I... (read more)
Written on: 26/07/2011
My partner and I went here last night for a meal and the food was so great that I felt compelled to write a review. Upon arrival we were greeted with a warm welcome from the guys behind the bar and given the choice of tables to suit our 'mood'. There a number of rooms to choose from so you can retire to the snug area or eat in the more lively lounge area which we did. There is an amble choice of food on the menu as well as the specials board and the local providence of the food is proudly... (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2011 by peterwood13
Me and my wife visited the strawbury duck over the bank holiday weekend and had a wonderful experience, black pudding to start and sausage & mash for main which i believe the to brothers rear them selfs, best sausages ive ever tasted!!! My wife had fish cakes to start followed by steak & ale pie which she said was also beautiful. service was ok, its was very busy so the girls did well. had abit off a shock hen i arrived at the gents to find the urinal was in fact a modified tin bucket, which... (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2011
We visited The Strawberry Duck 8 months ago and were disappointed then. I ordered Potted Duck expecting either traditional potted meat or a confit but instead was served plain strips of duck in a pot. It was literally 'potted duck' and also a joke. Other things were wrong with meal that day, too much potato and not enough filling in the fish pie for example and nothing that was outstanding. We did not want to review the pub negatively then, wanting to give it a chance as a new business in... (read more)
Written on: 18/04/2011
The strawbury duck serves what I like to describe as 'Posh Pub Food'. The portions are big enough for a large Elk to go home feeling full and the food is more tasty than megan fox covered in Chocolate. There is a predominant theme of local producers to the menu, especially there pork which they breed themselves(Which came as little of a surprise),.the gammon was massive and probably the tastiest ive ever had! The most expensive meal on the menu is a rump steak £16.00, which I will be going... (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2011
Fantastic pub, the bad comments make me laugh! I am a local chef and know Adam and matt (the owners), they rear their own pigs, use the best suppliers locally and I can honestly say, they make everything from scratch! (mushy peas- marrowfat peas are home made)! The problem with the pub is how busy it gets at the weekend during the day- Let's be honest the pub has only been open 6 months and is packed out- obviously people need to chill out!!! For any potential visoitor- remember only upset... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2011
We had wonderful Mother's Day lunch for 10 of us (&4young children). Staff were very accomodating and keen to help with high chairs, extra plates for children, sauces etc. Food was delicious, well priced and served quickly (even on one of their busiest days of the year). We loved the atmosphere and setting and had previously enjoyed a lovely walk around the reservoir, before sitting down to a delicious lunch. We'll be back! (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2011
first time we've been, some friends recomended it to us, really impressed with the way the pubs bin done up, service was as good as a pub gets. Had a nice chat to some of the staff who were very friendly. The cask ale was fantastic and the food was first class country pub style, just what we came for!! cant wait to return! good luck to the young brothers who own it youre doing something right keep it up. (read more)
Written on: 24/03/2011 by omegamorgan (3 reviews written)
Overpriced, Cheese and Onion Pie,chips and Mushy (tinned) peas...£8.95
There was a 35 + minute wait for the food, with only one couple in before us....and was served ...warm.
The 'Pie' was huge, far too much pastry, which was mediocure. The cheese and onion filling was quite tasty....the Mushy peas were tinned and not hot....The chips were greasey, soggy and overcooked....
The Strawberry duck used to be renowned for it's Roast Beef Bagettes...they are no more.... Bye Bye Strawberry... (read more)
Written on: 14/03/2011 by cathyt63 (1 review written)
After reading the mixed reviews I was a little hesitant about going but liked the location so decided to give it a try. It was a busy Sunday afternoon about 4pm. We didn't have to wait for a table and the food was served promptly by very pleasant staff. The bar staff were also very friendly, which was not what I expected from the reviews. The Sunday roast was the best I have had at any pub anywhere around the Bolton area, nice pink beef with not over cooked veg with a huge yorksire pud- yum!... (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2011
Lovely place, nice staff. I visited with my partner and some friends for food and drinks. My boyfriend ordered one of the most expensive things on the menu (mutton with bubble and squeak) and was utterly disappointed.
The portion was half the size of the rest of ours, didn't come wth any veg, just a small amount of unseasoned mashed potato, which was supposed to be the bubble and squeak (no cabbage?!), and quite frankly we could have made it better ourselves, for a fraction of the cost.... (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2011
The food is excellent and generally the staff are very helpful. Food takes a while, but fair enough when it's cooked fresh and turns up to delicious. Lovely atmosphere and visits are always thoroughly enjoyable. As locals we're proud of the Strawbury Duck and pleased with what the new owners have done. (read more)
Written on: 14/02/2011
It was our first time at the newly refurbished duck.
I took my husband and my parents and relatives for my husbands birthday.
As we arrived I found the staff rude! We had booked for 7.30 and there were no menus on the table and
no cutlery. When we came to order half the food listed on the menu wasn't available and their excuse was that they had Been busy as it was a sunday!
We had left our phone number so they could call us but they chose not too.
Overall the staff were rude and unfriendly... (read more)
Written on: 05/02/2011
Really great to see a local landmark back in business, and better. Great food at reasonable prices, some good touches, enthusiastic service, well kept beers.
From what we saw, not sure what some of the other reviews are on about; didn't tally with our experience. 80% of the menu "read" well, and the ones we chose were excellent. Hearty, yet deft enough to be enjoyable. Nothing too flash, towards the style of the clog & billycock/3 fishes modern/local style.
Atmosphere was busy, but good... (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2011
Went here last night for the first time, unfortunately never again.
Booked a table at 4pm over the phone, arrived at 6pm for 630pm sit down. Tried to Oder a drink at the bar
And make staff aware we had a table booked, got a very bad feeling of ignorance from the young bar staff.
Waitress's walk around the place like they're on america's next top model show, with miserable faces.
Food was what you would expect from a pub come restaurant. One note to all though: stay away from the older... (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2011
Been many times to the recently refurbished Duck. Most of the staff are very friendly. I have eaten during the week when it is much quieter, the service and food is excellent then. Went Bank Holiday Monday and it was very hectic and busy, service was slow but standard of food was still very good. We were advised of length of wait so did not mind as it was obvious that there were so many people ordering food. It has become a very popular weekend pub again.
I overheard someone complaining... (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2011
Went here a couple of months ago and was very disappointed then. The owner Adam has very good restaurants so thought we'd give the place another go over the new year. Wish we hadn't bothered it was a poor experience with average food. Didn't start well when I was ignored by the four bar staff who carried on talking for a good couple of minutes before I asked them if they were serving me or not , only then did they acknowledged me. I was then served by one of the most miserable bar staff i've... (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2010
Re my comments on 12th Dec......I have had a reply and am satisfied with the outcome. (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2010
I went here on recommendation. The first enquiry was met by a barely civil reply. I asked for the sauce to be left on the side: it arrived inside the sandwich. The meat was tasteless and the bread had a very small blob of butter stuck in the middle. Although I mentioned all of this at the time there was no acknowledgement of my dissatisfaction when I went to pay. Subsequently I wrote to the owner and am still awaiting a reply. (read more)
Written on: 26/11/2010
First time I have been and was pleasantly surprised. Whilst there I had the opportunity to speak to one of the commis chefs, he was polite and a credit to the organisation. I do hope he continues with studies. I am sure he will go far in his chosen career. (read more)
Written on: 24/11/2010
Came here after a lap of the Wayoh Reservoir with my two dogs. Was welcomed in straight away, and was told to sit anywhere with the boys, even though they're two big animals, which seems to put a lot of landlords off. Made a very nice change to finish a walk with somewhere that actually lets dogs in!!! Didn't eat, but the food I saw being served looked and smelled amazing. Had a pint, and the service was spot on. Will definately be going back, planning on having a lunch, and maybe stopping... (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2010
Was doing the witton weavers walk 32 miles in one hit.We decided this would be a stop and eat point as it always used to be good!
Any how we arrived sore and tired and wanted some thing quick. asked for this and heard we dont do quick we are not mcdonalds! Yong lad behind bar was a smug idiot dont confuse them tho ther was 2 young lads the sumg idiot is the short one(little man syndrome) funny accent. so i orderd a burger and chips i hate onions said so to he said i would sort it well said... (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2010
Our first visit was about 4 weeks ago on a Sunday night, the place was really busy and we were advised on arrival that there would be a delay for food, it's great to know before you puruse a menu that there's a wait and we didnt mind.
There was four of us and my mother-in-law requested a smaller portion of the fish and chips, there was a little confusion but she got it in the end. The rest of us requested potato's instead of chips but there was only the option of baked a potato,... (read more)
Written on: 15/10/2010
Bit hit & miss unfortunately. Service takes far too long, chips never seem to be fresh (taste re heated as though to save time). Had various dishes from the Duck compote which was very fatty & couldnt eat to the hotpot which is a small portion for the price it is!The soups are quite nice though! Food stops being served if it gets too busy & on occasion when complained some of the staff can be a bit rude in dealing with it. Cant quite get it right 90% of the time so just go to have a drink... (read more)
Written on: 01/10/2010
This was our first visit after the pub had reopened, and we were very impressed with the friendly service, and the usual, well-stocked bar with beers.
The meal was excellent, but it is their pricing that needs sorting out. Some of the meals on their Specials Board are advertised as just comprising a main item (e.g. a trout - as was mine), with no mention of vegetables or potatoes. When I queried this, I was told that these needed ordering separately, and it was a very large trout! I did... (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2010
Fantastic food in a really nice pub. The starter of scallops on black pudding with buttered mash potato was really succulent and cooked to perfection whilst the battered haddock,chips, and mushy peas was the best I can remember having. Really light batter and perfectly cooked fish. My sister had the scampi and was equally impressed. Washed down with a cracking pint of Timothy Taylors, I definitely recommend the all new improved Strawberry Duck! (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2010
Had a great meal here last night. Service good, relaxed atmosphere and food top notch. Really nice improvement in decor as well. We'll be back. (read more)
Written on: 05/09/2010
I was really looking forward to going to the Strawberry Duck after it's reopening. We have eaten a lot at the owner Adam's other restaurants where the food is very good. But what a massive disappointment it was. The staff are friendly enough and the refurb has been done very well indeed but the food was very very poor. Things didn't start well when my wife's scotch egg starter came and had gone off. My starter of blackpudding was fine. We returned the egg and weren't charged for it with the... (read more)
Written on: 04/09/2010
very cosy and friendly,food good,going today with sister on train food and wine day brill.hope its as good as last week keep telling people how good this place is,and good for a walk about,train drops you of just outside good if your drinking
Written on: 02/09/2010 by smackey (2 reviews written)
Historically the Strawberry Duck has been a bit hit and miss - after re-opening it's definately a hit again thank goodness - relaxed, friendly staff, good atmosphere and the food was really, really good (we had mushroom starter and blackpud starter then scampi and chips) tasty, hot and just enough.
The new decor is just right - really enjoyed it.
ps. staff was happy to talk about the food before ordering - please turn the steak lie into a pie - pastry all round please!!! ;0) (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2010
What a lovely surprise at the end of a windy road in the middle of nowhere! We went there on a Saturday afternoon for a small bite to eat and were welcomed by a countrypub full of character, friendly and professional staff and treated ourselves to the best fish finger sandwich I've ever had (the fish fingers were in fact actual fish fried in batter and not your usual suspect from the supermarket).
Would definitely recommend this pub if you're in the area. (read more)
Written on: 26/08/2010
very disappointing second visit,brought friends with us following excellent service and value on our first visit.Service slow ,the food was 'adequate' but lacking in both flavour and quantity my friends meal was very well done.The portion sizes have changed dramatically in 4 days! Complained to no avail. A shame as we are regulars to the area and very happy that this establishment had reopened.We will visit again for a drink but will maybe think twice about ordering food. Needs to improve in... (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2010
Having eaten there several times since it reopened we have experienced varying degrees of food quality. We feel that the food can be a little hit & miss and is over priced compared with other establishments nearby. The place generally has a good atmosphere with some great real ales and the interior benefits from several open fires. In summary, ok food, service average, friendly staff, fairly expensive, good beer, great location. (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2010
Very busy! Had a great night, it was very relaxing in front of the log fire! The food was 10/10, the portions in my opinion were just right, the price for the apparent local produce was perfect and you could tell the food is all from fresh and not the normal pub ping food, but we waited a while!!! but all together was fantastic. (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2010
Places looks great, but service was poor. We were told there would be a delay in the food. We waited 45 minutes for our starters, followed by another 45 minute wait for our main course. Not only that, a table that came in, whilst we were still waiting for our starters, were served their three courses before we had even finished our main course...I did enjoy the food, despite the wait. And i did think some portions were on the small side. I do hope to return to a more prompt service... (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2010
Long wait for pretty average fare, expensive for what is on offer, should be a notice to state what the waiting time is likely to be. Quite often eat at Black Horse, Limbrick - you will wait whilst the food is prepared to an excellent standard but much more value for less money. (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2010
We called up on Sunday after a nice walk and we were shocked at how busy the place was! We had a lovely pint of bitter an a couple of sandwiches which were also very nice. We will be returning! Keep up the good work! (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2010
Called over the weekend, good pint of Timothy Taylor's but the food is average - don't understand the last comment about it not costing enough I think £11.55 for pie and chips is costly enough - I suppose someone has to pay for the alterations. Won't be eating again. (read more)
Written on: 16/08/2010
Service OK. Attractive waitresses, but not much between the ears.
One asked my wife if she would like chips with her, otherwise tasty, fish pie.
Never been offered potatoes with a potatoe dish before.
Better food available in close proximity.
Beer selection limited but covered all the bases.
Anywhere serving a half decent pint of Timmy Taylor can't go far wrong.
Not expensive enough. This needs to be a "destination" pub.
Get the prices up and give people the quality they are paying... (read more)
Written on: 16/08/2010
Went there with friends from Newcastle. We had been there previously for drinks, and the new modifications looks very nice, so we decided that it would be a brilliant place to take our friends. How things could have got much worse I do not know. We ordered our food and as we were the first in we did not think that it would take too long. We ordered starters and the children's food to be delivered with the starters. Only one starter arrived, and when we asked to where the others were, the... (read more)
Written on: 10/08/2010 by dave19968 (1 review written)
I suspect all the five star reviews are friends and family - most read like adverts. We went on Sunday, the place looks ok but the food was poor and the service was a bit amateurish. Won't be rushing back. (read more)
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