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Donald's at Kilspindie House

Main Street, Aberlady EH32 0RE, Scotland
01875 870682
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Ranked #3 of 6 restaurants in Aberlady
Price range: $13 - $63
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 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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85% Recommend
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We only dropped in for a plate of soup which was delicious but we met with the owner and two very efficient waitresses. We realised this was a place we would like to visit again.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Two of us dropped in to Donald's Bistro at Kilspindie House in the charming village of Aberlady for lunch, and we were certainly not disappointed! On arrival, we were well received at the bar and later welcomed by mine host, Malcolm Duck, and each of us enjoyed one of their fine ales before being offered the bistro menu. My Cullen... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Donald's offers a good quality food with a relaxed atmosphere. The range of dishes is excellent, though there is a bit of a contrast between the slight, chef-y starters and puddings, and the heavy, substantial main courses. If you know that's what you're expecting, though, you can treat yourself to a wide variety of tastes over a three-course meal, without... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

On arrival in the rear car park, the first impressions were of a tired venue to consider eating at. Upon entering the restaurant, this view didn't change. Three other covers were eating lunch as we sat down and although the menu seemed reasonable, the food was poor (my wife had bacon bone in her "bubble and squeak"!), The service too... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

Party of 8 enjoyed delicious gourmet burgers and fish and chips. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great way to follow a lovely beach walk

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We stumbled across this place and stopped for a meal, best decision we ever made. The food was outstanding and the French staff were great! The waitress couldn't do enough for us and was so nice. Its

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you like the latest trendy decor, this place is not for you. And if you want pie and chips pub grub, and you're not much bothered about the taste, this place is not for you. But if you like food, and people who like food, then I would really recommend this place. We had a great lunch where the... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

April 2014 We enjoyed one night at the highly recommended Ducks Kilspindie House & after a tough day at the office (ok the golf course!), what better way to relax than to sample a fabulous Fish & Chips! Haggis to start with as well - fantastic! And if that wasn't good enough, we even enjoyed a Bottle of Ernie Els... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We stayed at Ducks at Kilspindie for my birthday and dined at Donald's Bistro. The dining room is lovely - candlelit and romantic. The staff were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed plump, juicy mussels for a starter (lots of the dishes are available as large or small portions) with pancetta and thyme, and delicious home-baked bread. For main we both... More

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Dropped in as passing by and had seen in a hotel guide to the area. Food was beautiful, with clean tastes and reasonably priced. Staff were attentive and Chef came out of kitchen to speak with diners. Would recommend for a special occasion or anytime.

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