There’s something about the chilly days that makes a cosy country pub serving up generous helpings of home cooked food particularly appealing. But we know from experience that the Ruddy Duck’s just as good a location in the summer to dine outside or enjoy one of their popular beer festivals.

While the colder weather and dark nights are still here though their varied menu running from lunch to evening meals is tempting.

I tried the chicken breast wrapped in bacon and stilton with home-made crisp wedges. Tender and tasty this dish certainly hit the spot.

My friend made short work of the huge mixed grill stacked high with chicken breast, pork, gammon and rump steaks, sausage, egg, pineapple, mushrooms, onion rings and chips – phew! This is perfect for those with an appetite for a hearty meal that’s great value.


While cash is tight it’s great to see a wide proportion of the Ruddy Duck’s meals available on their double bill menu with two main meals for £17 available lunchtimes (except Sundays) and evenings. This includes a wide choice of dishes from good old bangers and mash and steak & kidney pud through to homemade chicken curry and lasagne. Surely something to please all tastes, but if not the blackboard offers another great list of dishes separate from the double bill menu.

Sundays it’s all about a great traditional roast of course and again this quaint country pub gives you plenty of choice on what you’d like to spend with one course £9.50, two courses at £14.95 and three courses for £18.95.

With a friendly welcome at the bar from Sue and the team, some great home style cooking from Andy the chef (who’ll happily cater for any special requirements) and a traditional feel the Ruddy Duck is well worth a visit.

Tel: 01733 252426

Sharon McAllister  (Reviewed February 2013)

Photos: Chris Brudenell for ESP Magazine



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