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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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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 9
    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
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Went twice a couple of days apart. We had the fish n chips and the burger chips and the second visit we ordered the same but swapped meals. The burger was outstanding, large and juicy and incredibly tasty. The fish was perhaps the best we've ever had. The chips, more like roast tatties, large... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
JohnAllison8
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I honestly and genuinely don't know what to make of this place. After a coruscating Hootsmon (Scotsman) review of a few years back we'd deliberately avoided eating here. But time moves on, and as it's local to us a bit of experimentation seemed appropriate. We booked for lunch, but the startled chap we introduced ourselves to was the beginning of... More 

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1 Thank Glennbrittle
Cumbria
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109 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Overpriced tiny portions. Slow. Limited menu. Not a particularly inviting atmosphere. Requires a lot of TLC.

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Thank Inspector2Cumbria
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Went twice a couple of days apart. We had the fish n chips and the burger chips and the second visit we ordered the same but swapped meals. The burger was outstanding, large and juicy and incredibly tasty. The fish was perhaps the best we've ever had. The chips, more like roast tatties, large crispy on the outside and fluffy... More 

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Thank JohnAllison8
Edinburgh
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Great place for a special occasion. 80th Birthday, the staff were excellent. Would definitely return.

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Thank Patricia R
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My buddy and I stayed 2 nights to enjoy golf in the surrounding area. Malcom and Fiona are excellent inn-keepers and the hotel is warm and inviting. The rooms are continuing to be updated but are clean and very functional. The food was very good so I am not very sure about the other reviews. Everything we had was delicious.... More 

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Thank Nate G
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank ewn123
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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349 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 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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Thank Sandra and Alan S
Carlops, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank TheMurraysMacbiehill
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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2 Thank robert m
Edinburgh
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 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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Thank PeterMEdinburgh

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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
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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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