The Muddy Duck
“Family-run rural pub and restaurant” - AA Inspector
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.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
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About The area
Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.
The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.
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