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The Bar Bistro at Ducks Inn

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Bar, European, British, Scottish
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38 High Street, Aberlady EH32 0RE, Scotland
+44 1875 870682
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quick lunch with my parents who were staying there. Lovely food but always annoying to hear another table complaining they weren't getting 'local' priced drinks. May be we should have gone somewhere else for those?

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Thank williamsdesilva
Eider, Owner at The Bar Bistro at Ducks Inn, responded to this review

I am very glad you enjoyed you lunch, the drinks issue is irritating. When we opened in 2004 we did a 10% discount offer for the village to entice locals back in to the bar. We changed after about three years and only gave it those weekly regulars in the bar. Its a loyalty scheme which is hardly revolutionary. We... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We ate here one evening with a booking at 7.30pm. When we arrived there was one other table occupied, however it took me asking if we could order before anyone came to serve us. The food then took around 40 minutes to arrive. The place is rather like a canteen and we only got cutlery and napkins after we ordered.... More 

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Thank Kay W
Eider, Owner at The Bar Bistro at Ducks Inn, responded to this review

Don't quite understand what happened, good food is worth waiting for but that's just too long. We are not trying to be cheap or expensive just good value for good food, we don't cut corners. We have mad a couple of changes which I hope will help. New bar menu coming in November. Malcolm More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2016

A very pleasant experience, food and wine excellent A wide choice of food and wine to selct Service excellent

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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2016

During our one night stay at Ducks Inn, we really enjoyed a meal from their Bistro menu. The quality of the food, the presentation, and the friendly service was excellent. No problem recommending dining in this Inn.

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Thank Roband
Eider, Owner at The Bar Bistro at Ducks Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting Ducks Inn, I am glad you enjoyed the Bistro menu, Chef is very good. It was kind of you to take the time to write, thank you. Malcolm More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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355 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

This is nice looking place with a nice homely bar. The only let down for me is the prices.A pint of beer and a baileys at £9.10 is a bit pricey. Menu was a bit pricey but never had food so can't comment

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Thank EdinburghChaz
Prestonpans, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

Was pleasantly surprised by the recent upgrade to interior and menu at Ducks. Always one of our favourite restaurants in East Lothian, it appears to have moved up a gear with the menu choices also. Wild boar ravioli with mushroom tea starter was lovely! Main courses great too. The 2008 rioja reserva accompaniement was delicious. Hope to be back soon.

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Thank galloping_gourmet_16
Eider, Owner at The Bar Bistro at Ducks Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write, I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Ducks Inn and like the changes we have made to the dining rooms. The Ducks Bar / Bistro menu is going down very well so I am glad you liked it. The Wild Boar ravioli is a lovely starter, the new Ducks... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Cumbria
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149 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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
Eider, Owner at The Bar Bistro at Ducks Inn, responded to this review

I hope you enjoyed the pub two doors down, its very good. Malcolm More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$16 - $44
Cuisine
Bar, European, British, Scottish
Meals
Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 High Street, Aberlady EH32 0RE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  East Lothian  >  Aberlady
  • Phone Number: +44 1875 870682
Description
The Bar / Bistro at Ducks Inn is simply a superb, relaxed eating place. All the food is sourced locally and produced on the premises by Chef Mozdzen and his team, the meu changes with the seasons. Just 40 minutes down the coast from Edinburgh and its airport, Ducks Inn nestles in the sleepy village of Aberlady . Ducks is one of Scotland's top whisky bars housing around one hundred malt whiskies including a collection from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of which Ducks in a Home from Home partner bar. The wine list is one of the finest in Scotland and compliments the outstanding menu in Ducks Restaurant. The Bar is very traditional, filled with golfing memorabilia and bar putting games. The Bitro is much more modern almost gentleman clubby. Real Ales are also a feature in Ducks, Doombar is a regular with two guest beers rotating regularly. The Bar / Bistro at Ducks In also features a superb humidor filled with Cubans. You will always find a fond welcome when you Duck Inn to The Bar / Bistro at Ducks Inn!

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