East Lothian

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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The Ryder Cup @ Ducks

22Sep

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The last weekend of September may be a time when you start to think wooly jumpers, winter jackets and that horrible word Christmas but Ducks and the majority of golf fans in Scotland, East Lothian and world wide are thinking Gleneagles, Stephen Gallacher, Team Europe and of course The Ryder Cup….

Many of you who know Ducks but for those who don’t Duck’s is renowned amongst visitors to ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’, Aberlady, East Lothian.  We have what golfers want, rooms, great food, beer, wines, whisky and cigars……Ryder Cup weekend we are also having a beer festival  and BBQ to go along side The Ryder Cup showing on the giant screen and the TVs

Friday and Saturdays play will clearly put us in the mood for the Sunday singles, who can forget Medinah……Fellow Scotsman and friend of The Duck Stephen Gallacher will bring added interest against the Americans however the Sundays Singles Shootout is when we expect a full capacity audience to cheer team Europe home to victory and who knows Malcolm may even have the champagne on ice to toast his Stephen and his team mates on a hopefully successful weekend for Team Europe!  We will show the entire tournament brought to us by Sky and commentary from former Ryder Cup Player, friend and local Aberlady villager Andrew Coltart,

Sadly this weekend is fully booked for accommodation however we will be taking bookings for food in both our Bistro and Ducks Fine Dining Restaurant for those wishing to make it a full days experience.  Entry to the Beer Festival and BBQ is free and does not require booking so please come down and enjoy the weekend.

Also Ryder Cup weekend sees us host our very first East Lothian Beer Festival so Golf, Food and Beer means Ryder Cup equals Ducks, one result no one will argue with

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Christmas Parties East Lothian

11Aug

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Xmas parties – Yes it is that time of year again! Christmas!!! To some this maybe August, summer holidays or simply a time for enjoying our amazing East Lothian weather however here at Ducks we are now in the midst of planning various events for the festive period. Work Christmas parties always appear to be the most frightening of things to organise and arrange as one person usually has the unenviable task of deciding what, where and when not to mention why? So this year we at Ducks we thought we would make everyone’s life a little easier by trying to help you by simply offering the best package available and at a very affordable rate….Dates, prices and menu’s to be released within the next 14 days. Enquiries can be made earlier by contacting the team direct at kilspindie@ducks.co.uk They will also pop up on Facebook and twitter.  If you would like to be on our data base and get first bite at everything we do just send us your contact details and we will add you to our role.  We do look after our group orginisers!!!!!

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August @ Ducks Restaurant – Fine Dining East Lothian

08Aug

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Head Chef David Toward has again raised the bar as he drives Ducks to even greater heights with another amazing menu choice for our fine dining restaurant keeping in tune with both local seasonal produce as well as his own unique touch of high quality designed cuisine.

Opening Times
Thurs – 1st Sitting – 6.30pm, 2nd Sitting – 8.00pm
Fri – 1st Sitting – 6.30pm , 2nd Sitting 8.00pm
Sat – 1st Sitting – 6.30, 2nd Sitting – 8.00pm

Fine Dining East Lothian – August @ Ducks Restaurant

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New Menu for Ducks!!!

16Jul

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Having only just arrived at Ducks it didn’t take me long to notice there was something missing from this amazing country almost quirky but boutique style hotel…amazing host, amazing layout, great facilities, very talented kitchen however Cocktails were very limited  and almost unheard off!!

However i quickly decided a revamp was required and soon set about reigniting the passion with talk of old style classics as well as adding my own modern twist to them and others. So with staff and management all on board with the concept the planning begun. Classics versus Modern is always a challenge i face at these times however basic principles need to be followed Who, Where and When??? Who will drink them, Where will they come from and when do they plan to come???

So firstly i considered the ultimate classics so Cosmopolitan, French Martini and Mojito instantly were scribbled at the top, other classics will be done upon request but my 3 page menu needs to be different to most so only the favorites made the print. Secondly you need a ‘signature’ something that symbolizes the venue..so the Fuzzy Duck was born out of an old Classic..a bit like Malcolm for those on 1st name terms with the hotel owner!!

For those following up my previous competition success the check out my version of the ‘Disaronno Sourz’ or my own creations ‘Dirty Secret’ and ‘Mafia Martini’ All in all i have plumped for a 25 drink selection for the 1st edition of Cocktails at Ducks so feel free to pop down and check out my delights and hopefully we can find 1 you love….keep following my personal blog as soon i will be telling off my future plans, cocktail evenings, local produce in my Cocktails as well as coming soon Cocktail Masterclasses with myself

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Ducks changes its plumage!

19Nov

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.

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