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Main Street, Aberlady EH32 0RE, Scotland
+44 1875 870682
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Gatehouse of Fleet, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

20 of us had the taster menu last night at the end of a golfing trip, all of us agreed every course was excellent. Full of flavour and finesse. The service was also beyond good - apologies to the waitresses for the rowdiness ( was a private room) but we all just had a great time. Would highly recommend.

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Thank cinosam1
Eider, Owner at Ducks Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words and taking the time to write. I am very glad you enjoyed it, the team work hard and are producing good results, feed back such as this is great for moral, thank you. Malcolm More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The new five course tasting menu up to the usual high standards. There seems to be a more modern approach now. The restaurant has had a makeover (and feels more airy) and the new tasting menu does not disappoint. Confit of pork, salmon tartare, stone bass, celeriac and lamb followed by a chocolate dessert were all beautifully presented on the... More 

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to write, glad you like the new look restaurant. The Sous Chef is Tom Williams, a very able young man as you discovered. Slowly but surely we are putting a great team together and we will keep pushing the standards up. Malcolm More 

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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

I can honestly say this was one of the best taster menus we have ever experienced. It would not have been out of place in a Michelin Star establishment. There is not a single, even slight negative I can say about our evening here. The staff were lovely and really helped create a relaxing atmosphere. The recommended drinks were a... More 

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

Thank you very much for your kind words, we are very glad you enjoyed it. It's been a long winter trying to maintain standards in a quite restaurant, the team has done exceptionally well maintaining concentration. We are now getting some great feed back and the restaurant is beginning to busy up as word gets out. Thank you very much... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

5 of us (including a child) made a last minute decision to go out on Saturday night and booked for the a la carte menu. The menu was really good, it was hard to choose between the different options. Next time we'll probably do the taster menu as it's a shame to miss out on any... The owner was on... More 

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Thank Helen C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2017

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
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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
Reviewed 20 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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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
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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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 29 - US$ 65
Cuisine
British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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.
It has an A la Care Menu and two tasting menus one of which is vegetarian.
Ducks restaurant is open WEDNSAY to SUNDAY, November to end February. March to October it is open Wednesday to Saturday

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?