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Donald's at Kilspindie House

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Main Street, Aberlady EH32 0RE, Scotland
01875 870682
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Bistro meets bar here at Donald���s, one of two dining options at the...
Bistro meets bar here at Donald���s, one of two dining options at the fantastic Ducks. Set in the quiet East Lothian coastal village of Aberlady, Ducks is a one time Edinburgh institution now found in more genteel surroundings and with the addition of a rather swanky little bistro. A relaxed, chilled out spot perfect for kicking back after a hard day on the range or walking the wonderful local coastline, Donald���s offers chic but comfortable surroundings and friendly service whether you���re enjoying a full meal or just dropping in to sample their excellent wine list and extensive collection of beers and ales. Hearty and delicious, the Donald���s menu incorporates the best of British dishes with a hint of European flavour.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious Meal

My wife and I stayed the night in the hotel and had dinner in Donald's. The food was excellent (we had starters and mains but were too full for dessert). Considering the high quality of the food, the dishes were also very reasonably priced. In short, we would definitely go back to eat here again... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
ewn123
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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131 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I stayed the night in the hotel and had dinner in Donald's. The food was excellent (we had starters and mains but were too full for dessert). Considering the high quality of the food, the dishes were also very reasonably priced. In short, we would definitely go back to eat here again without hesitation.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We coupled a meal here with an overnight stay as this is a Restaurant with rooms. This meant that we could enjoy a drink with the meal without worrying about driving home immediately. The only disappointing part of the meal was that we were the only diner's in the Bistro, a February mid-week, but we did get very attentive service!... More 

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Carlops, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The most fantastic seafood linguine. Don't forget to try the macaroon and amaretto desert. Very attentive staff. All round great visit

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

the worst dinner ever portions tiny turkey non existent I got one sprout my son didn't get any we are pensioners and not big eaters we were starving mince pies were canapes smoked salmon blinis should have been called blinis couldnt find the salmon cheese and biscuits should have been cheese two tiny crackers when I complained mr duck was... More 

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Edinburgh
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Went here for lunch just before Christmas and was very disappointed. We read the previous review and were slightly concerned about the limited choice available so we rang to check a few days before our visit. We were told that the full bistro menu was available, as well as the fixed price lunch menu. This turned out to be misleading... More 

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ED
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I had high hope for this restaurant considering all the reviews and the menu online looked promising. We had booked in advance but when we arrived we were told that there was only a limited menu due to it being close to Christmas. We were disappointed that we hadn't been advised of this prior to arrival. The food was nice... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Popped in here for a quick bite recently. Very welcoming young man served us - liked his sense of humour and this made us feel at ease straight away. There is a really nice feel to this place - we had a drink in the bar whilst deciding on the menu. Both had burgers (i feel a theme starting in... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Great simple food at its best. Nice relaxing atmosphere, nothing is to much trouble from the staff and everyone very helpfull.

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Rayne
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Excellent Food, great wine list and excellent service headed up by James. Try one of Alan's cocktails to round the meal off

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Ratagan, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A great surprise, the food was excellent, would recommend to everyone! The staff were great and I was well looked after.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Street, Aberlady EH32 0RE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  East Lothian  >  Aberlady
  • Phone Number: 01875 870682

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 63

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Bistro meets bar here at Donald���s, one of two dining options at the fantastic Ducks. Set in the quiet East Lothian coastal village of Aberlady, Ducks is a one time Edinburgh institution now found in more genteel surroundings and with the addition of a rather swanky little bistro. A relaxed, chilled out spot perfect for kicking back after a hard day on the range or walking the wonderful local coastline, Donald���s offers chic but comfortable surroundings and friendly service whether you���re enjoying a full meal or just dropping in to sample their excellent wine list and extensive collection of beers and ales. Hearty and delicious, the Donald���s menu incorporates the best of British dishes with a hint of European flavour.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?