ESCAPE LONDON – Superb service and a fun atmosphere at the Ducks in Aberlady, Scotland
Right from the moment we arrived after the short 18 minute train journey from Edinburgh to Longniddry, we were made to feel welcome. The friendly owner Malcolm was kind enough to pick us up from the station and take us on the short ride to the hotel. This smiley hotelier was very knowledgeable about the stunning village of Aberlady and the Ducks is only a stones throw from the beautiful ocean. We thought perhaps the Inn was named after the many birds in the area which makes Aberlady a great destination for those who love bird watching, however, his last name is actually Duck and his father was named Donald Duck 10 years before the cartoon character ever existed.
This smiley hotelier was very knowledgeable about the stunning village of Aberlady and the Ducks is only a stones throw from the beautiful ocean.
Ducks is situated on a pretty street and has a stunning white exterior, as soon as you walk in you feel the warmth that this cute building exudes and feel as if it is a home away from home. We quickly realised it was not just Malcolm that was friendly and provided us with an A-class service, as when they realised my female friend and I were not actually a couple they were nice enough to change our room to a twin. Throughout our stay at the Ducks, it must be noted what excellent service they provide. They really can’t do enough for you and it is clear the staff enjoy working at this lovely establishment.
Throughout our stay at the Ducks, it must be noted what excellent service they provide. They really can’t do enough for you and it is clear the staff enjoy working at this lovely establishment.
The venue is decorated in warm burgundy and has a stunning restaurant. They even have their very own pub, a cosy country bar, made of oak wood. On looking around we bumped into a customer who could not praise the Ducks enough, he had in fact been back many times and we were quickly realising why. The Ducks is a great place for families, friends and couples alike. They have an excellent selection of drinks and no less than 80 whiskies! The bar is quaint, quirky and welcoming.
The Ducks is a great place for families, friends and couples alike.
Our room was comfortable with antique furniture, beautiful maroon curtains and a compact bathroom. In keeping with the Scottish theme our beds were adorned with Scottish tartan. The Ducks is a family run inn and the owner Malcolm is a delight. He has a bouncy personality, you can tell he loves what he does and he excels at it. He was even kind enough to take us into the next town and introduce us to the owner of Old Clubhouse pub in Gullane.
The Ducks is a family run inn and the owner Malcolm is a delight.
Heading back to the Ducks, we proceeded to dinner and the cuisine is really is something that must be shouted about, as the food at the Ducks is nothing short of excellent! The restaurant has a classy feel, music plays in the background creating a lovely atmosphere and the tables are beautifully set. A large real candle lights up the pretty cutlery and the chairs are decorated in autumn colours. The tables are spaced out well and on one of the walls is a large oak cupboard filled with wine.
The food at the Ducks is nothing short of excellent!
We opted for the Sweetcorn Valoute to begin, followed by the Fisherman’s Pie and Butternut Risotto. The sweetcorn soup was full of flavor, you could tell it was freshly made and was a generously portioned. However, the mains were Pièce de résistance, the Fisherman’s pie was a lovely take on the traditional version, the fish was gently stacked, with the mouth-watering sauce laid perfectly on the plate around. The fish was delicious, fresh, flavourful and cooked to perfection. My guest enjoyed the Butternut Risotto, which melted in your mouth, again it was a generous portion, creamy, with soft fluffy rice and an added flavor from the melted cheese which adorned it. Once again the service was excellent and the food is certainly something to write home about, well presented, 5 Star standard and absolutely delicious. It really is worth coming all the way from London, just for the amazing food! We opted to decline the desert as we were full, but the options offered were very tempting.
Once again the service was excellent and the food is certainly something to write home about, well presented, 5 Star standard and absolutely delicious.
On heading to the bar we had an after dinner drink and it is here we discovered what a great sense of humour those working at the wonderful Ducks have, the bar has a very relaxed feel and they invited us to play a game called ‘Pot the Duck’. I am sure you are wondering exactly what this game entails, well let me explain.. This fun and quirky game involves putting a ball onto a specially designed duck, that may sound simple, but of course being the lovely quirky place the Ducks is, there is a twist. You putt while standing on a high bar stool from another high bar stool, it certainly made for some fun laughter in the bar, enticing many people to not only play, but start talking to each other. The Ducks really is a must visit and don’t come without playing ‘Pot the Duck’.
The breakfast menu was equally pleasing, a selection of continental and cooked, including Eggs Benedict, a full Scottish, Smoked Salmon and scrambled eggs and more.
If you would like to visit a pretty village in Scotland and still only be 20 minutes from Edinburgh, the Ducks in Aberlady is perfect. The Inn is reasonably priced, with excellent food, outstanding service and a really fun atmosphere. It is situated close to the beach and great for long walks with a marvellous view. It is well worth the five hour journey from London just for the food, but of course that is far from the only great attribute that the Ducks encompasses. Visit the Ducks in Aberlady, Scotland for a home away from home and leave with wonderful memories.
Ducks, Main Street, Aberlady EH32 0RE, Scotland, Tel: 01875 870682
Heart London 5 * Rating
Cat, Heart London Magazine