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Family-run rural pub and restaurant

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Garden
Dog friendly

The Muddy Duck is family-owned and run by a close-knit team who are big on friendly, efficient service and high food standards – without the pompous style. This stone-built village pub is a sympathetic combination of old and new. Real ales are likely to include old favourites Hooky, Landlord and Tribute, from a cellar looked after by the knowledgeable Iain, himself a former innkeeper. The refurbished pub is a lively, welcoming place to enjoy a pint by the open fire, along with nibbles such as sausages with chorizo and honey mustard sauce; and sweet and salty pork crackling sticks. For more of a dining experience, take a reassuring peek through the kitchen viewing window before checking out the menu. The Harris family is high on animal welfare, big on free-range and zero tolerance on short-cuts – in their words ‘all fresh, no ping-and-ding here’; the only thing that comes frozen is the ice cream, and that’s made by them, too. There’s a terrace area for year-round outdoor dining.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11-11
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-4
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Timothy Taylor Landlord and Boltmaker, St Austell Tribute, Hook Norton Hooky Bitter
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Bicester towards Buckingham on A4421 left signed Fringford. Through Fringford, right signed Hethe, left signed Hethe

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