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Submitted on Thursday, 13th December 2012
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The Ruddy Duck, Wakefield

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Bridge Street
Phone: 01924379079
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Two for One (Marstons)

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Ruddy Duck

A new build Marstons house on the banks of the Calder & Hebble Navigation,and pleasingly it fits into the older surroundings with most of the building single story.It is dominated by family dining,and if you sit down you will be approached by table serving staff enquiring about your order.However a polite "I'm only here for the beer" was greeted with a friendly "that's fine."
The interior winds around ,carpeted open plan but with different sections all with standard issue pub chain furniture.There is a seperate pizza oven,and the food menu was 2 for 1 pub grub.Outside there is a split level terrace overlooking the canal and a large childrens play area.
At the bar there was Marstons Old Empire,Brakspears Shires,Ringwood Circadian IPA (decent nick),with Jennings Cockerhoop coming soon.
There are far more impressive pubs further into town,but it serves it's particular market in an efficient manner.

On 25th July 2017 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Ruddy Duck

Modern Marstons 'Two for One' family dining pub, in a waterfront location but rather sandwiched between two busy roads. No character to the interior, but the south-facing canal-side terrace is probably very popular when the sun's out. Two banks of four handpumps, offering EPA, Pedigree, Hobgoblin and Sneck Lifter. Handy for the Hepworth art gallery.

On 13th March 2014 - rating: 6
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aleand hearty left this review about The Ruddy Duck

A new build Marstons pub which opened at the end of November 2012. Situated just south of the city centre, at the busy Chantry Bridge junction, it’s a mere stone’s throw away from the renowned Hepworth Gallery. Externally, it’s a plain, lumpy affair with virtually no architectural merit and that’s reflected somewhat in the large L-shaped interior, which borders on the cavernous. An attempt to break up the space has been made with the copious use of partitions and varying seating styles, used in different permutations. Art prints and old local photos line the walls, with ornate mirrors and slightly gothic light fittings providing the more decorative touches, topped up by several vases containing the dreaded ornamental twigs. Overall, it has that slightly overwrought, corporate feel that so many modern pubs have these days.

Calling on Friday lunchtime, during the first week of trading, the pub was absolutely heaving, with the type of buzz that accompanies a new opening. On approaching the bar, I was initially pleased to see four pump clips, but a little disappointed when they turned out to be EPA, Hobgoblin, Pedigree and Cumberland Ale. Although there are one or two good beers in the extended Marstons range, I do find most of them rather unexciting. To be fair, the EPA and Hobgoblin were in good nick, but you’d really expect no less during launch week. Service from the young barmaid was warm and attentive and it was obvious that the staff, over all, were trying really hard.

The Ruddy Duck appears to be yet another of the new generation, food led, Marston pubs judging by the sheer number of diners when I called. However, a fair amount of anecdotal evidence has reached me suggesting the quality is average, at best.Outside, there’s a sizeable drinking terrace next to the canal. Unfortunately, the view is dominated by the equally uninspiring, boxy town houses on the other side of the water.

In conclusion, I can see the pub doing brisk business owing to its middle of the road appeal, but it’s all a bit lacking in character for me. Just not my sort of place.

(Visited early December 2012)

On 10th April 2013 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 369 recommendations about 353 pubs]

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Latest updates View all updates for The Ruddy Duck, Wakefield
25th Jul 2017, 20:19
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
29th Dec 2016, 08:37
Picture submitted by peter ashworth approved

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by aleand hearty
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by aleand hearty
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 25 July 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by aleand hearty
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by aleand hearty
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