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Ducks Restaurant

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Main Street, Aberlady EH32 0RE, Scotland
+44 1875 870682
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18:00 - 21:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed the tasting menu here. Followed it up the following night with fish and chips in the bar. Also enjoyable in a totally different way and some of the desserts were same as on the tasting menu. Friendly staff. Bar feels like a local. High proportion of golfers. Some very fancy wines on the wine list but plenty... More 

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Thank Boglieburn2
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

Very glad you enjoyed both the bar and the restaurant, they are quite different. We do have a couple of desserts form the restaurant on the bar menu gust to give folk a wee flavor of what we do. Thanks for mentioning our on going refurbishment, we are always trying to improve. Thanks for coming and toking the time to... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hi visited this restaurant while on a visit to the beautiful area around aberllady with friends we booked a table and arrived and were shown the menu which only had five choices three of which were not available so the choice was steak or steak sandwich. You would think that a restaurant called the ducks would serve duck but no... More 

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Thank 175Mike1
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

Ducks restaurant does not serve any sandwiches. Its an a la carte restaurant with menu offering three choices of starter, main course and desert along side two five course tasting menus (one vegetarian). No Duck? "Cured Breast of Goosnargh Duck, orange and fennel smoked duck egg emulsion, coffee £12.50" ????? from the menu on now! Its called Ducks because the... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Four of us enjoyed a supeb meal at Ducks Inn. Having looked at the tasting menu, we couldn't even look at the a la carte menu.A beautifully presented, high quality meal with each course providing a skilful mix of foods and flavours, each course a voyage of discovery. How nice to have a restaurant like this on our doorstep in... More 

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Thank Elizabeth J
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

I am delighted you enjoyed your visit to Ducks Inn we really are trying to get the dining room to a new level. We have a great kitchen team and the front of house really do care. Thanks for taking the time to write. Malcolm More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Pleasant place but lunchtime menu is rather limited and we thought rather expensive for what we got.

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Thank Stuart C
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

This restaurant is not open at lunch time???? There is no lunch time menu!!!! Ducks restaurant serves an A la Carte menu and two five course tasting menus, one vegetarian. I always ask customers for feedback and over the winter I have been on the floor pretty well all the time, I would ask that those reading to feed back... More 

Borders, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Visited with my husband for our 15 year anniversary & had the tasting menu & overnight stay. Absolutely everything, from the warm & genuine welcome, to the incredible food - every morsel cooked with love, to the fantastically friendly staff, comfortable room & beautiful breakfast was just perfect. It's a joy to visit a family run business where the family... More 

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1 Thank Debbie R
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

I am so glad you enjoyed every thing, we enjoyed having you! Ducks Inn five course tasting menu seems to be going down well in East Lothian and further afield. Chefs food is very much about flavor as well as texture and he is not phase by dietary requirements especially with a little notice. Thanks so much for coming and... More 

St Andrews, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

To be offered a tasting menu in a small pub on the main street of a village away from the heart of Edinburgh was a surprise for us. However all five courses and the amuse bouche were outstanding. Certainly Michelin standard cooking and well deserving of its AA rosettes. From smoked duck in the amuse through scallops, goat's cheese espuma,... More 

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1 Thank ArthurDagg
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write, I am very glad you enjoyed your visit to us, we enjoyed having you. As I said when you sat down Chefs food is not just about flavour and presentation, he has areal flair for texture. We are trying to keep things simple but classy..." Great food and lodgings in... More 

1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We got the amuse bouche too, it was delicious. We had the a la carte and I would put it up there with the best.highly recommend it.we had starters and main meals.

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Thank Donny D
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

Very glad you enjoyed your East Lothian dining experience at Ducks Inn, thank you for taking the time to write. And for coming to visit us. Malcolm More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

December is off-season for sure. I had an absolutely delicious dinner at Ducks. I got served an unexpected mise en bouche of smoked salmon with a peppery lemon jelly. This was followed by a slow cooked shoulder of lamb. Cooked rosé! (Pink) Very tasty indeed. Perfect! Followed by a good selection of cheeses. A chilean Cabernet Sauvignon complemented the meal... More 

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Thank Jacques E
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for coming, I am glad you enjoyed your dinner in East Lothian at Ducks Inn, we have gone back to our roots and are now doing what we started doing in Edinburgh at Ducks at Le Marche Noir. I think we have raised the level a little more since the start of January and we aim to kept that... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Had driven past Ducks a few times and thought it looked appealing so when deciding where to go for dinner last night (Friday) thought about Ducks instead of heading in to Edinburgh... How wrong we were! The atmosphere was that of a grubby morgue... The place is tired and twee with stains on seats and a food-spattered placemat... Should have... More 

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Thank Gangan19
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

We don't have place mats! Ducks Restaurant has white table cloths, leather chairs, two five course tasting menus (one vegetarian) and an a la cart menu. Thank you. Malcolm More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is not a boutique hotel. Nor is it well located for nightlife. However if you are looking for a hotel, with a personal touch and fabulous food you cannot better Duck's. We were golfing in East Lothian and Malcolm, the owner, could not have been more welcoming. I had scallops, beef and cheese which may not sound inspiring yet... More 

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Thank StewartandLorna
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks foe your review , you have summed us up very well, food and friendliness is what we are about. We do get it wrong from time to time but we always try very hard to look after our guests needs. Thank you very much for coming, I hope we see you gain in the not too distant future. Malcolm More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$65
Cuisine
British, Scottish, European
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 21:00
Thursday
18:00 - 21:00
Friday
18:00 - 21:00
Saturday
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Aberlady EH32 0RE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  East Lothian  >  Aberlady
  • Phone Number: +44 1875 870682
Description
Ducks Restaurant is an intimate two AA Rosette fine dining restaurant with a long history originating in Edinburgh’s New Town, with just ten tables it is one of the best in East Lothian.

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