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The Mallard

3.4
3.4
66 Reviews
£25 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
In the heart of Ilkeston, The Mallard is taking shape to become the perfect place to grab a pint with mates or get the whole family together. We’re the best seats in the house for the biggest sporting occasions, have a bar packed with every tipple you’d imagine and to top it off, do the best Sunday carvery roast around!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    0115 874 7706

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 66 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.4
3.4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.3Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Too many people in there, we was sat in the middle of the room where they was queuing for carvery , supposed to be table for 6 but it was really a table for 4 n in the way of everyone, so uncomfortable, if you book a table for 6 at 3pm they should save you one not squeeze you in any old where or just say we fully booked !!!
  2. JM

    JoeM

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful food and terrible staff, seems to be very much a locals pub, if your not from the area they don’t seem to be overly interested. Used to be good here, now sadly not so, other then the staff, the food is also bad, it was quite comical watching the chef try snd cut the beef on the Carvery, he did have to give up eventually!
  3. S

    Sidster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food. Booked for 8.30, wasn't entirely sure when we'd turn up for as we had a presentation to attend but they kindly held the table from 6.30 which was kind of them given they were busy with England playing in the world cup. We ordered the chicken pie, new York burger, lasagna and hunter's chicken. All thoroughly delicious and enjoyable. Do need to sort out what table ordered what as food was travelling from table to table with "did you order this". But it was a fab meal in a lovely pub
  4. JW

    JayW

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very poor service had booked a table was told just to sit at any old dirty table . Went for a carvery at 5.30 was only just old cold bits left at that point we had already paid ended up getting pizza on way home aswell so very expensive tea. Won’t be going back again
  5. JH

    JessicaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service. Lovely food definitely going back
  6. B

    Beeps

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Decent food for reasonable prices. Not many wait staff on meaning it took 1 hour from ordering to getting our main meal and another 35 minutes afterward finishing the meal for dessert. Staff were polite and courteous though.
  7. NM

    NicolaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pub was warm and welcoming, a huge range of drinks 🍹 The food was fresh and tasty. The dessert were mmmmm
  8. MB

    MichaelB

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not been in for few year but Lovely as always rememberd
  9. SD

    StephenD

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A reasonable experience Iv known it better my dining partner had fish and chips which was over cooked with burnt batter
  10. H

    Heatherw

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It was a lovely meal for my dad's 85th birthday .the meal was lovely .my only negatives were my steamed pud had to go back as it was stone cold and there was no turkey at carvery and the replacement was a very rubbery chicken breast .I shared my views with another diner who said the same .service let the experience down .I went to the bar as my wine glass was dirty and they were too busy to change it .I don't blame them I didn't ask as they were busy serving .I've worked as a waitress so I know how they feel it's just the little things that let it down. We like the place and it's clean and value for money and we will be back the carvery is excellent so all in all 4* which is very good .thank you for having us .we will be back ...
  11. SJ

    SophieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The carvery was lovely to say it was only 4pm so it wouldn’t have been as fresh, but it tasted really good
  12. N

    Netty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Sunday roast was really excellent . 3 meat selection plenty of choices of veg. Southern fried burger tasty
  13. NS

    NicholaS

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    The food was bland, badly cooked and tasteless. Its the only place I've been that can make everything taste the same. Awful. Avoid if you enjoy a good carvery.
  14. SC

    SarahC

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I can't give a proper review but this was how I felt when I walked in. Men in vests stood outside didn't give a good first impression. Shown to our table and then waited at the bar to order a drink. Totally ignored by the only girl serving who it looked as if she was serving the locals first. After waiting a while we walked out as it was not acknowledged we were there. Can't comment on the food as we didn't wait to eat. The noise level was very high and couldn't hear each other speak. Altogether, I will not be going back and should have listened to other people when they said what it was like.
  15. E

    Elle

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Waited at least ten minutes to be served at the bar said I had booked a table wasn't even asked my name was told to just sit any where the staff member couldn't have been less interested if she'd tried. Again long wait to order food and I was the only one waiting. The others food arrived i then had to go and ask if I could get my carvery it looked like it had been sat for a while parsnips hard, roast potatoes hard and only just warm no one checked to see if our meals were ok. We had sirloin steak which was cooked ok but came with very few chips had no tomato, mushroom or onion rings the portion was ridiculous just enough for a child. Definitely not be rushing back overall very disappointing.
  16. M

    Mabal

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Tables were too close together, so when sitting down, the person behind you couldnt move chair
  17. SS

    SharonS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us all had the carvery , i can honestly say it was lovely . We all enjoyed our meal and then sat outside with our drinks in the garden
  18. B

    Belt4

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Could have been better, everyone on our table has undercooked hard chips
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I recommend mallad pub to family and couples excellent food and service
  20. LD

    LinD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service very slow due to lack of staff. Roast potatoes and parsnips from the carvery undercooked and luke warm. Would not recommend.
  21. SB

    SamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with my family for my birthday. Got seated on a table that allows dogs and was easily accessible for a disabled person. Carvery very good quality and staff were very helpful at all times.
  22. p

    petepk

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Carvery - Worst sunday lunch ever. Queueing right next to where your eat so very uncomfortable have people hovering over you whil you eat. Bland gravy, lumpy potatoes, undercooked veg, peas like bullets,cheese sauce had a t "twang" to it overcoming any cheese taste. Had gravy been seasoned/made properly ( not difficult ) it may have disguised the rest of it. Not one to leave reviews either way but so disappointed, as it was my partners birthday as well as father's day.
  23. S

    Stuart

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant food, brilliant service and a great area for the kids to play.
  24. JM

    JMDD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Carvery was quite disappointing to be honest. Meat was ok but the veg wasn’t great. Peas were like bullets, literally couldn’t cut my parsnips because they were so hard, gravy entirely tasteless. Staff were lovely. Outdoor area is fantastic for children so stayed longer than we thought we would! Would come again but wouldn’t come for carvery.
  25. g

    gordons

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Thanks for the welcome we all enjoyed our first meal here would definitely do it again
  26. LB

    LindaB

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Now it has been revamped.. Better layout, food good. Friendly staff and good service.
  27. e

    eileenr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    yes it was great tasty ,hot food we all had the carvery ,and drinks and would go again
  28. T

    Tash

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Carvery was very bland , very stingy on meat was more like scraps and ends . Beef was really over cooked and dry . The potatoes were hardly roasts , they were quite undercooked and the broccoli was practically hard. For the price of the carvery and what you get is really isn’t very good . I have had better carvery’s else where unfortunately , which is really disappointing as we was looking forward to coming since it had changed hands . How the carvery was presented wasn’t very appetising , vegetable supply was low , meat was the last scraps . For 1pm I thought that was quite bad . Drinks were extortionate for what they were , the lemonade wasn’t gassed and was flat , the woo woo didn’t even taste like it should . It was just full of cranberry juice and for 2 for £11 it wasn’t what I expected . Bar staff clearly haven’t been shown how to make cocktails before. Unfortunately I won’t be a returning customer which is a real shame .
  29. LM

    LizM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Staff were fab, food not so fab. Some veg couldnt cut with a knife (cauliflower and parsnips), Parsnips looked good, just not cooked. Overall the place looked clean and tidy and I would give it another try, perhaps not on a Sunday.
  30. K

    Karen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Nice meal when it finally came, was not busy however, took 2 hours for dinner and pudding with the waiting time. Staff put fingers on spoon bowl and seemed very uninterested in their customers.
  31. KP

    KellyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On my arrival a choice of sitting areas - choose the restaurant area as we required Carvery - lovely relaxed atmosphere .... quick service (perfectly chilled wine) - meat and vegetables fresh, Yorkshire Puddings nice also - all topped by hot, tasty gravey. Value for money and close to home - plenty of parking - what more can I say .....
  32. CW

    CarolW

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Very disappointed with the steak pie, poor quality for the price charged
  33. PB

    PaulB

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    Disappointing, food was cold. Carrots were uncooked / Parsnips were uncooked all meat choices were shredded. Expected better.
  34. WD

    WendyD

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The carvery was good, vegetables well cooked and hot and lots of choice. There was the full menu as well which offered a good variety. Staff were attentive and helpful. There weren’t many customers on the Thursday lunch time that we visited so it was quiet.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Friendly staff, good service, but the layout for the carvery was awful, especially in todays climate. We were sat at a table with the queue for food right against the table. We were trying to eat with people leaning on the table , breathing all over us. It was very uncomfortable. If it wasn’t for this, I’m sure we would have enjoyed the experience.
  36. VH

    VickyH

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Book a last minute table ,place is clean , originally came in for a carvery but didn’t look appealing every thing off the eye looked half cooked or half raw & what looked to be all frozen veg ,so had a look at a very disappointing menu selection quiet pricey too so left without ordering
  37. M

    exMallardfan

    Caribbean

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The roast beef was dry, tasteless and grossly overcooked. Unbelievably the gravy was vegetarian - with MEAT! There was no other choice for gravy! Apart from the roast potatoes, the vegetables were bland.
  38. PB

    PaulinaB

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Awful had a carvery meat was dry everything was stuck to pans no taste it was terrible experience
  39. NM

    NikkiM

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    booked a table, then got to pick because the place was empty. no staff around and when they did show up we was told they only had the carvery on. didn't want that so left
  40. P

    Paige

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I really enjoyed the experience. The only improvements I'd recommend is opening the doors to the public from 11:45 if the first table can be booked for 12:00. Also, the high chairs are wooden which is not comfortable and more of a hazard to infants. However, I do appreciate these are convenient for space saving. The food was really good, the staff were friendly and happy. I like the new decor. Thank you for a fantastic lunch

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The Mallard is rated 3.4 stars by 66 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
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Heanor Road, Ilkeston, ENG DE7 8TJ

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Ilkeston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

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