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Based in the village of Boughton Monchelsea, near Maidstone, Kent, The Dawdling Duck is a family run horsebox and mobile bar business that is available for events across London and the South East of England. Cool and quirky, they provide mobile bar services from a simple evening pay bar to a full wedding drinks service.

The Dawdling Duck is suitable for both indoor and outdoor venues, including marquees and a tipi. Fully licenced and stocked, this bar is perfect for a wide range of occasions. There are several all-inclusive packages available, or couples can select a traditional pay bar. Flexibility is built into The Dawdling Duck's business model, allowing couples to craft their own bespoke menus.

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What event services do you provide?

Set up
Clean up

What catering services do you provide?

Cocktail reception

What dietary needs can you accommodate?


What bar services do you provide?

Limited bar
Cash bar
Champagne toast
Open bar
Liquor license
Outside alcohol ok
House wine
Premium liquor
Signature cocktail

Which of the following items can you provide?


What is the starting price per person for bar service?


Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Open bar
House beer
House wine
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Reviews for The Dawdling Duck

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James T. Sent on 04/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating


The Dawdling Duck was an incredible experience for all guests at our wedding in a little church off the beaten track. Alex and Meghan were both super-friendly, had a top-notch set-up, and were praised by all guests. We’re very lucky we chose this company. I can’t recommend these folks highly enough. Thank you very much! James & Annie :)
Kelly-Ann P. Sent on 05/03/2023
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Kellyand Conor 25/02/23

Dawdling duck was one of the first things I booked after we found our venue August 2021! Alex is absolutely amazing and over the last year and half has helped me with all my questions and bits we needed for the venue. On the actual weekend he came to set up on the Friday, and I've never seen a bar like it! I'm so so pleased I found you guys, the horsebox trailer worked amazing with the rustic vibe we had gone for. All the guests loved it and commented on how lovely it looked! Thank you so much for then also moving into the barn in the evening! You and the girls went above and beyond for our big day and I can't thank you enough! I also heard you helped light the sparklers for our photos!? So thank you for that to! Highly recommended dawdling duck, you will not be disappointed!!!
Johanna C. Sent on 28/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing pop up bar service for our wedding

Alex and the team provided an incredible service for us from our initial enquiry all the way through to the big day. Alex was easy to communicate with over phone, text and email and always answered our questions as quickly as possible. Booking was straightforward and the price very reasonable. On the day itself the team were fantastic - they assembled the bar in the hall very efficiently and it looked wonderful. They provided a fantastic service to our guests throughout the evening and were very friendly and professional. Cannot fault them at all. Many of our guests have commented on how fantastic the bar was and how good it looked. Thank you so much!
Kamilla F. Sent on 27/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best bar we could ask for

Alex and his team were absolutely brilliant for our wedding, not just on the day but also on the build-up. We discussed all the details for the day in advance, which made me feel very confident for the day.

The horsebox is beautiful and matched perfectly our tipi wedding. Service was impeccable and they even agreed to add a custom cocktail (capirinhas) to the menu.

I couldn't recommend it more!
Jonny E. Sent on 10/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Service

Alex and the Dawdling Duck took care of our Handfasting drinks. Great service, really friendly and nothing too much trouble. Thoroughly recommended.
Catriona N. Sent on 08/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Nothing 'Dawdling' about 'The Dawdling Duck'

What a Diamond!
We hired the unique, quirky, classic, vintage indoor bar for our daughter's wedding. They went 'Beyond the Bar' 🤣 Professional, helpful, looked brilliant, guests loved them, and they sure kept everyone happy with an extensive range of drinks and some very cute cocktails! Will book again...
Amy W. Sent on 09/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Perfect!

We hired the dawdling duck for our wedding reception located at a village hall. The look of the bar topped of the venue. The staff where so friendly and helpful. Our guests all complemented the bar and the fantastic service the staff provided. The prices of the drinks where competitive and there was a great choice of drinks. Thanks again Alex and Andy!
Sulin H. Sent on 08/09/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic bar

What a fantastic bar! Hiring The Dawdling Duck for our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. The team were always at hand to answer any questions in the lead up to the wedding and during the wedding they made sure to keep our guests drinking through the night! They were always smiling and chatting to our guests and created a fantastic vibe! Thank you so much for being part of our day! xx
Nicola B. Sent on 02/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing bar run by wonderful people!

We can't thank Alex enough for doing the bar for our wedding, it was just perfect. All of our guests were so complimentary about it. We had a few requests at the start and Alex was so accommodating.
Cathy K. Sent on 05/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

One word incredible!!

Alex and his team were completely 100%, service, selection of drinks, the team
Jade V. Sent on 02/09/2022
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Great service, would definitely recommend

I had a really good experience booking the Dawdling Duck for our wedding. Alex was super responsive and made planning very easy. He kindly introduced himself and the team on the day and the bar looked fantastic! Really great service. Would definitely recommend. Thank you :)
Tami H. Sent on 11/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great service and communication!

Our caterer recommended the Dawdling Duck for our daughter’s wedding at Wadhurst Castle. Alex was fantastic to work with in the months leading up to the big day. We live in the US and even with the time difference, he was very quick to respond to my MANY questions!

On the wedding day, he and his two assistants were setting up their beautiful bar early in the morning. They were all dressed professionally and very friendly.

Immediately after the ceremony, the guests were greeted with trays of Prosecco. Alex suggested the perfect package for us. In addition to the bar, they poured wine and provided Prosecco during the wedding breakfast.

They were very quick to provide drinks at the bar and no one had to wait for their drinks. I would highly recommend the Dawdling Duck!
Jess E. Sent on 18/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous bar, lovely team and lots of drinks!

So glad we used the Dawdling Duck team for our wedding. The bar looked amazing, and most importantly kept a wide range of ice cold drinks flowing on a very warm day. Absolutely would recommend- very easy to work with helpful suggestions in the run up (but without any pressure to take up suggestions- just helpful options for us to consider) and then we had nothing to have to think about in the day- just lots of happy guests. Haven't had the photos back yet but the bar also looked beautiful!
Zoe C. Sent on 12/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Mr and Mrs Neale, Wadhurst Castle 26.05.22

Alex and his lovely daughter were just wonderful at our wedding. The drinks went down very easily! Such a wonderful choice and let us choose our own signature cocktails. The bar looked lovely and fitted in just perfectly.
James H. Sent on 03/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Exceptional from begining to end

Alex and his team went over and beyond. He was friendly, efficient, fun and capable. Everyone at our wedding commented on how superb the bar was. The Dawdling Duck exceeded our expectations in every way.
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