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Lucinda O’Sullivan’s restaurant review: Marlfield House’s The Duck Terrace left my feathers a little ruffled

The surroundings are superb, but our critic found the food expensive and some dishes underwhelming on her visit to The Duck at Marlfield House

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Shredded confit five spice duck salad. "It looked well, but the actual duck at The Duck, by way of bits of shredded drumstick, felt a tad skinny and dry and needed a lot more spicing." Picture by Lucinda O'Sullivan

Shredded confit five spice duck salad. "It looked well, but the actual duck at The Duck, by way of bits of shredded drumstick, felt a tad skinny and dry and needed a lot more spicing." Picture by Lucinda O'Sullivan

The Duck at Marlfield house. Picture: Lucinda O'Sullivan

The Duck at Marlfield house. Picture: Lucinda O'Sullivan

Crostine of Irish Buffalo Mozzarella and fresh basil pesto.

Crostine of Irish Buffalo Mozzarella and fresh basil pesto.

Panzerotti pasta.

Panzerotti pasta.

Seared Slaney Valley Lamb Rump, ratatouille, herb salsa, Kalamata olives.

Seared Slaney Valley Lamb Rump, ratatouille, herb salsa, Kalamata olives.

Salted caramel & raspberry Bakewell tart, raspberry sorbet.

Salted caramel & raspberry Bakewell tart, raspberry sorbet.

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Shredded confit five spice duck salad. "It looked well, but the actual duck at The Duck, by way of bits of shredded drumstick, felt a tad skinny and dry and needed a lot more spicing." Picture by Lucinda O'Sullivan

The sun wasn’t exactly splitting the treetops a few Saturdays ago as we drove through the gates of Marlfield House in Gorey, Co Wexford. I was on my way from the sunny south-east with my friend Rena, and a spot of light lunch at Marlfield’s more casual option, The Duck Terrace Restaurant, seemed a good idea.

Founded by Mary Bowe some 40 or so years ago, the plush Marlfield House, set on gorgeous gardens and grounds, has long been a popular spot for weekends, weddings and occasions. I remember staying there way back when they had a Siamese cat roaming around and, of course, being a lifelong Siamese cat aficionado, I’ve always loved the fact that it’s pet friendly. On this visit, in fact, I met two very proud people arriving for lunch carrying Binky, a perky Jack Russell, who’d recently celebrated his 18th birthday with a party — cake and all!


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