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21Jan

Welcome to David Toward our new Head Chef, David started with us at the beginning of March 14 and has already brought his own style and flair to the menu in both Ducks Restaurant and Donald’s Bistro using simple, local and seasonal produce so readily on hand in East Lothian. David has a Three AA Rosette back ground and is developing quite a special young team around him.There will be two booking times 6.30pm and 8pm. We will not be turning tables it simply allows the kitchen a little more control. We will be flexible where we can, if you book all twenty covers you can set your own time. Just call us if you have any questions and ask for Ros or Malcolm.

The menu now comprises two starters, two main courses and two desserts. It is a little more limited than in the past but it does allow us to raise the standard of cooking in Ducks. If you really want a steak or something off menu we will see what we can do with prior notice but we do really want to make Ducks an experience. The menu in Donald’s has been lifted quite considerably so do have a look at it, Donald’s is a great relaxed eating experience.

There will be some small dinners over the next few months for you to try combining a glimpse of David’s ideas, cooking skills and the great wines in our cellar. If you would like information on these please email malcolm@ducks.co.uk and you will be sent details as they come available.

Ducks originated in Edinburgh’s New Town, Ducks at Le March Noir, when Malcolm left the Royal Marines after serving for 11 years. After 22 years it was the longest serving Edinburgh Restaurant in the Michelin Guide with a Bib Gourmand and 2 AA Rosettes. Many of our Edinburgh customers now come to Aberlady to dine and our 23 rooms give the option of staying over.

We are happy to provide special room rates for those dining with us, please ask when you book.

View Ducks Restaurant Menu here.

Ducks is available for private parties, meetings  or private dining.

RUNNER UP FINE DINING, EAST LOTHIAN FOOD AWARDS 2013

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New Lunch Menu comes to Donald’s Bistro

15Oct

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Donalds Bistro

(Sample Menu)

Soup of the Day £4.25 / £7.25

Wild Pigeon Breast, local pigeon, seasonal berries, granola, spinach £7.95

Smoked Salmon Fishcakes lime & black pepper mayo, mixed leaf salad £6.95

Glazed Goat Cheese Salad olive, tomato biscotti & quail egg (v) £5.95 / £9.75

Chicken Liver Parfait home-made chutney, toasted home-made bread £5.95

Aberlady Beef Burger pulled duck, homemade guacamole, chips, poached egg £11.50

Shellfish Linguini, seared scallops, king prawns, chilli & garlic oil, spinach, tomatoes £17.95

8oz Rib Eye Steak cooked medium rare, onion rings, fries
Peppercorn or Béarnaise sauce £20.95

Sweet Potato Korma with spinach, mushroom & rice (v) £9.50

Traditional Fish & Chips crushed peas, homemade Tartare sauce £11.50 / £7.95

Game & Root Vegetable Casserole creamed potato, root vegetables £12.95

Side Dishes – Fries, Onion Rings, Roast Vegetables, Bread, Side Salad £3

Cheeseboard duo of cheeses, oatcakes £8.00

Sticky Toffee Pudding £6.70

Carrot Cake Parfait £6.70

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Ducks Wedding Venue East Lothian

Ducks Wedding Venue East Lothian

15Oct

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Getting married or helping to plan a wedding?  Then why not consider Ducks in Aberlady as your wedding venue East Lothian??? We may not be an historic castle but we were built in 1683 and we do treat everyone like royalty!  The village hosts one of the region’s most picturesque churches and we also can cater for civil ceremonies within Ducks itself – maybe in our enclosed courtyard?   Capacity for our Wedding Breakfast is up to 80 people which can expand to accommodate up to 120 for the evening celebrations.

With twenty three bedrooms, all of which are en-suite, we can host the largest of family gatherings or a vast amount of friends who may have to travel a distance to join in the fun or for those who simply wish to enjoy the celebrations to the full!   Our four poster bedroom makes an ideal honeymoon suite for the happy couple. East Lothian’s coastline is one of the country’s finest so, for atmospheric photos nearby, again we are perfect.  Aberlady Bay is within a 5 minute walk not to mention our very own Courtyard.

Food is possibly the most obvious reason for choosing Ducks.  In many people’s eyes our food quality and friendly service sets us above our rivals.  Our head chef will assist in designing a menu which both tantalises the taste buds whilst still working within the budgets you require.  We have our very own on site Wedding Co-coordinator who will endeavour to meet your needs and make the planning period and execution a stress free experience as possible……!

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Cocktail Event – New Menu Launch

14Oct

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Halloween sees the launch of our new cocktail menu for the winter season. Our mixologist Alan has created some amazing new drinks for you all to sample. New drinks, new styles and all on offer at great prices so why not pop down and see for yourself. Make a night of it and book a table in either Donalds Bistro or our 2AA Rosette Ducks Restaurant, Accommodation and our 8 seater mini bus are also all available so give us a call on 01875 870682

Whats New –
Strawberry BonBon – You know you want! oh you really do    £6.95
Fraise Liqueur, Butterscotch Liqueur, Vanilla Vodka, Lime
Lemon Fizz Martini – A taste explosion on your tongue         £7.95
Homemade Lemon Liqueur, Vodka, Prosecco, Sugar
Aberlady’s Brandy Alexander – Modern remake of a Christmas Classic £8.95
Cognac, Cacao Brun, Double Cream, Nutmeg
Fifi 75 – Not for the weak, Scottish remake of a French classic  £8.95
Tequilla, Cointreau, Egg White,Lemon, Prosecco

Ducks Selection –
Fuzzy Duck – Our in house signature Martini       £6.50
Gin, Cointreau, Advocaat
Ducks Royale – Classic mix of favorites                    £6.95
Chambord, Peach Liqueur, Prosecco
Inn Ducks Fashion – A fruity old fashioned           £8.95
Chambord, Glenkinchie, Bitters, Orange, Raspberries
Dirty Secret – Bartenders choice, the original signature  £6.95
Amaretto,Melon Liqueur,Cranberry Juice
Banoffie Martini – Pudding in a Martini                 £6.95
Vanilla Vodka,Banana Liqueur, Butterscotch Liqueur, Double Cream

Beer Cocktails –
Something Kinda mmmmmm – The name says it all    £7.50
Pale Ale, NB Gin, Elderflower Cordial, Apple Juice
Dark n Broken – Real Ale in Cocktails?? you must be wrong! £6.95
Real Ale, Coffee Liquer, Cacao Brun
East Lothian Honey – Pure sweetness created in East Lothian  £7.95
Glenkinchie, NB Gin,Thistly Cross Whisky Cider,Honey
Nut its Broke – A feminine view on Cask Ale              £6.95

Mocktails –
Strawberry + Kiwi Crush – Strawberry,Kiwi,Lemonade   £2.95
Passion by the Coast – Orange, Cranberry, Elderflower    £2.95
Orchard Mocktail – Apple, Elderflower, Lemonade       £2.95
Aberlady Sunrise – Orange, Pineapple, Grenadine       £2.95

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Cocktail Masterclasses

Cocktail Masterclasses

14Oct

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Due to the success of our Cocktail Menu and Events, led by our mixology expert Alan Walker and his team, we are now happy to offer Cocktail Masterclasses at Ducks in Aberlady!  These Masterclasses are ideal for Hen Parties, Birthday Celebrations or simply as a night out with a group of friends or colleagues. If you have enjoyed drinking Ducks amazing cocktails why not learn to make them as well?!  Our classes range from a basic show and tell format where you watch and learn as the cocktails are made, after which you relax as you enjoy sampling the end results!   For those a little braver, you can make your Cocktails under the guidance of our expert and learn about others as you drink your creations!  Tempted??  Look at some of our packages below or we can also create your very own bespoke class perhaps based around your favourite tipple of choice!   Have a chat with our events team so we can create the perfect event for you.

Packages
Silver Package – £15 per person – Show + Tell 3 Cocktails
Gold Package – £25 per person – Make 2 Cocktails +Show + Tell 2 Cocktails
Platinum Package – £35 per person – Make 3 Cocktails + Show + Tell 2 Cocktails

Show + Tell = Each Cocktail is made 3 times by our team and explained fully so everyone gets to drink and taste.

Making = Each customer follows the spec sheet and instruction to make the set cocktail under supervision.

Extras which can be added to your packages could be –
Prosecco on arrival
Canapés on arrival
Food or Meal deals
Accommodation packages

Everyone taking part in our Classes receives a Certificate and Hen or Birthday Person as Star of the Day receives a custom Ducks Cocktail Star t-shirt..

We can also create Bespoke Parties which can be designed to suit your needs or as a sample of what we can offer.

Beer Cocktails
Mocktails (non alcoholic) ideal for childrens parties ages 8+
Pamper Days incorporating Spa Day or Beautician hire
Whisky Days with Distillery tour followed by Whisky Cocktail Masterclass

All of these can be discussed with our team or simply come up with your own ideas and we will make it happen!!

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Autumn Rugby Tests

Autumn Rugby Tests

14Oct

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With November only a few days away sporting focus moves from Golf to Rugby and the start of the autumn tests a great appetiser for the 6 Nations which run February and March. This year we welcome guest Nations New Zealand, Argentina and Tonga with the matches spread all over Scotland why not visit Ducks in Aberlady and watch all the action on our Giant Screen.

As well as our renowned wine list and collection of malts we have  enlarged our Real Ale offering so come along and sample them. Did I forget to mention Alan’s Cocktails too!  On the food front our range of traditional favorites are second to none and our Aberlady Burger is the talk of East Lothian with its pulled duck, the ideal finishing touch.

Seafood fans can use this as a great excuse to come along and sample our chowder and and linguini both full of scallops, king prawns and mussels!  The chowder is available both as a large and small serving.

Ducks is a great base for the Six Nations with our giant screen for those not venturing to nearby Edinburgh and Murrayfield.  Our winter golf is fantastic for those wishing a longer stay or just a round in the morning before the match.  We always have interesting visitors and though not yet finalised there may be the opportunity to play and dine with a couple of the games real legends during the six nations: details to follow by the Autumn tests.

So don’t delay and drop us call 01875 870 682or email us info@ducks.co.uk quote ‘rugby tests’ to book a table either in the Bistro or Restaurant.

Dates are –
Sat 8th Nov 5.30pm – Argentina
Sat 15th Nov 5.30pm – New Zealand
Sat 22nd Nov 2.30pm – Tonga

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Ducks very first East Lothian Beer Festival

10Oct

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Well this weekend saw Ducks host the inaugural East Lothian Beer Festival, thankfully the weather was good to us and brought glorious sunshine, little wind and a large crowd over the three day event. The festival saw many brewers and beers descend on Aberlady much to the delight of the locals and visitors from across the globe.

20140927_121916 copyKnops Beer Company from Archerfield were our closest exhibitors, and with 4 casks on display they dominated the courtyard bar. The combination of Knops beer and mixologist Alan’s beer cocktails proved to be a massive success, so much so they will be appearing on Alan’s next Cocktail Menu at Ducks at Halloween on the last Friday of October.

Black Metal Brewery from Loanhead won the prestigious Best Beer award for their Blood Revenge dry hopped 6.6%. Rye Stout. Master Brewer Jaan originally hails from Moscow, and has been living in Edinburgh for the last 4 years (a novice kilt wearer much to the amusement of some ladies!). He was delighted with the award and Blood Revenge was certainly the most popular beer according to feedback and sales. Lothian brewers continued to take centre stage with Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider just stealing second place from Stewart Brewing also from Loanhead in 3rd with Edinburgh Gold.

Eden Brewery from St Andrews won the fastest selling cask with their Clock Red Ale which flew out the pumps on the Friday evening. Other fast sellers were the retro named Kowabunga from Cromarty Brewing Co, Dark Moor from Kelburn Brewing Co, and a very exciting Wheat Beer from deBrus in Dunfermline, Yes Mallard, made especially for the festival.

Our Bottle bar had a large variety of bottlings from twenty different brewers, however we did have 2 unique offerings; a very exclusive Whisky aged Lager from Tennents and a new pre release sweet honey flavored Blue Moon bottled beer from North America.

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Beer Festival Raffle Winners

30Sep

East Lothian Beer Festival

Speciality Gift Boxes of Beers Winners

Mike Jarrow
Sandy Murray
Alan Haire
Sam Fleet

T-shirt Winners

Male – Robert Ross
Female – Leanne McCafferty

Prizes will be available to collect from our Bar area and all winners will be notified by email.

Thanks again for everyone who attended and participated….

Full review to follow shortly

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Beer List Casks

23Sep

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These Brewers are all attending our East Lothian Beer Festival this weekend Friday 26th from 6pm until Sunday 28th 6pm. Here is a list of the casks that will be available over the weekend.

Knops Beer Co – California Common, Musselburgh Broke, East Coast Pale, India Pale Ale

Stewarts Brewing – Edinburgh Gold, Edinburgh Festival, Dakota American Brown Ale

Kelburn Brewing – Dark Moor, Goldihops, Pivo Estivo

Eden Brewery – Definately Not, The 19th, Clock Red Ale

Cromarty Brew Co – Kowabunga

Allendale Brewery – Wagtail, Pennine Ale

Freewheelin Brew Co – Amber Ale

Blackhill Brewery – Three Quarter, Top Busty

Orkney Brewery – Corncraille

Broughton Ales – Brewers Gold

West Beer – Hefeweizen

Various Breweries will also be supplying Bottled Ales for our Bottle Bar..

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Christmas at Ducks East Lothian

22Sep

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September seems to be when folks thoughts turn to getting organised for the Christmas period and Ducks are right on track with all the information you need about a great Christmas experience in East Lothian, bookings are already starting to flood in.  Check out the web site if you are not already on it! web site link? . Our cocktail masterclasses and whisky tastings are certainly proving to be a very popular variation from the norm. Christmas Day is filling up with a lot of Family bookings, our £59 menu appears to be proving very popular, the price of Christmas dining appears to be on the increase in many places. Also a reminder for anyone possibly hosting large families themselves we do have room only accommodation available on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Night. As for Hogmanay, well Ducks aim to make your years end a memorable night and the beginning of 2015 even better with diners being treated to amazing combination of both food and Entertainment..For those booking up for Accommodation then they are treated to a Deluxe New Years breakfast and possibly Fizz if the heads can handle it?

For further details check out our full Christmas section on the website or contact us direct on info@ducks.co.uk or 01875 870 68201875 870 682.  Christmas link

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