The Whistling Duck
The Whistling Duck, Lower Hatfield Road, Hertford, SG13 8XXOverlooking the River Lea from Lower Hatfield Road, The Whistling Duck embodies the surrounding countryside, with a high profile menu that is an excellent flagship for British cooking with abundant choices; a Chef's brigade led by Head Chef Steve Bower, originally from Papillon, is hungry to ensure that The Whistling Duck always flies in top gear. When pressed Steve said, "the heart of a good restaurant is its food and using only the very best fresh produce combined with the best of traditional British cooking with an added twist is exciting and fulfilling." So what of the menu? A dozen or so dishes set the scene for a meal that will be remembered for all the right reasons.
Overlooking the River Lea from Lower Hatfield Road, The Whistling Duck embodies the surrounding countryside, with a high profile menu that is an excellent flagship for British cooking with abundant choices; a Chef's brigade led by Head Chef Steve Bower, originally from Papillon, is hungry to ensure that The Whistling Duck always flies in top gear.
When pressed Steve said, "the heart of a good restaurant is its food and using only the very best fresh produce combined with the best of traditional British cooking with an added twist is exciting and fulfilling."
So what of the menu? A dozen or so dishes set the scene for a meal that will be remembered for all the right reasons. Lightly spiced fresh crab cakes are served with a sweet chilli salsa and garlic mayonnaise, whilst caramelised chicken livers comes with mushrooms, onions and balsamic syrup. The duck liver pâté may catch your interest too with its delicate hint of Armagnac wrapped in Parma ham.
They don't spare the fish here. There's a deluxe fisherman?s pie as well as a dreamy bouillabaisse with white wine, garlic, tomato and herb sauce well laced with crustaceans and served with garlic bread more than makes up for that. The ultimate seafood platter is designed with real addicts in mind, think trout, smoked salmon, crab, prawns, crayfish and mackerel roulade. Prime fillet of beef are served on a leek and potato rösti topped with a mild Stilton glaze, dressed with a rich Claret jus garnished with French bean parcels. Rack of lamb, honey roast duck breast and paupiette of pork fillet compete for the attention of diners whose interests are both cosmopolitan yet loyal to their well-honed and often simple tastes.
Sticky toffee pudding is almost a national dish since it escaped from Cartmel, but not always with the seriously rich fudge sauce that is applied to its person at The Whistling Duck. Amongst other desserts that catch the eye are the crêpes Suzette, wonderful wafer thin pancakes steeped in orange, caramel and Grand Marnier syrup before being served with a vanilla ice cream shot. An Ultimate Petite Selection of six positively mouth-watering desserts can, be warned, leave you wishing you had ordered them all - in full.
With their space and setting it is hardly surprising that catering for parties, large groups and special events is a way of life at The Whistling Duck. They're a very sociable lot in Hertfordshire too and partying out finds a warm welcome at the restaurant, with tailored arrangements a speciality. A lunchtime menu with good choices at very reasonable prices is always a good opportunity to test drive a restaurant with bigger things in mind.
Their Website is full of useful information attractively set out, in which pride is clearly taken. A good augury for a restaurant that you leave glowing with a sense of wellbeing.
English, Modern British
: 10:00 - 16:00 18:00 - 23:30
: 10:00 - 16:00 18:00 - 24:30
: 10:00 - 17:00
Reservations: 01992 514726
The Whistling Duck, Lower Hatfield Road, Hertford, SG13 8XX [Map]
(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)
REVIEWS OF The Whistling Duck
KatieWilliams (27 April 2012)
I booked The Whistling Duck for my 27th birthday. There were going to be 12 of us so a fairly large group and we are all around the same age. I found them online. What a little treasure it is. We arrived early and had some drinks in their gorgeous bar! They had a huge wine list and were not short of spirits they even do a few cocktails. So we had a corner in their lounge reserved and we were there I'd say an hour before our table was booked for. They were so accommodating. they put all our drinks on our table tab and we kind of had a dedicated waitress to take our drinks order (I think this was only because we were a large party) Owe had pre-ordered our food as we were a large booking so we didn't have to mess around with looking at menus, we could just enjoy our time and chat! Our waitress came over when it was time to be seated she took all of our drinks for us so we could just follow her. We were sat on this amazing round table! I loved it! She got us seated and then gave us our drinks; she didn't even get any mixed up! RESULT! We ordered some Champagne and other drinks, our waiter was fantastic, happy and always checking on us when our glasses were dry and I liked that! The atmosphere was just perfect for us and there were a wide range of people, ranging from 18 - 70! They all seemed to be having fun too. We had all three courses and the food was just so exceptional! No one had a bad word to say about anything. The food looked amazing and tasted even more so. I was and still am so impressed by this restaurant. When we had finished our meals we then went back in to the bar and carried on the fun and games, drinking. All in all it was a fantastic night, what a way to celebrate my birthday, in class and in style and at this lovely establishment. I highly recommend it. Absolutely fantastic.
Andrea Sharp (10 July 2011)
Super meal and excellent service - I would eat here again.
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More Info for The Whistling Duck
- Children welcome
- Air condition
- Groups allowed
- Outside seating
- Cover charge
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