Review on Ducks Inn

The country cousin of Duck's at Le Marche Noir in Edinburgh (now open only for private functions), this restaurant is housed in the extensively re-vamped Kilspindie Hotel, some 20 minutes' drive from the city centre. Informal meals including a great selection of tapas are served in their popular bar, decorated with memorabilia collected by Malcolm over the years, it is the more casual option to the restaurant, where the attention focuses on upbeat modern food offered in a cosy dining room.

Partner and Head Chef is John Paul McLachlan, who previously climbed the culinary ladder alongside acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay and Martin Wishart, as well as having his own signature restaurant with the MacDonald Hotel Group. Scottish produce is the jumping off point for a menu of vivid dishes with a strong French and Mediterranean bias. Goat's cheese crottin, black onion and sesame seeds with sauce ratatouille starts the ball rolling, before a main course of coq au vin or from the sea there's roasted wild hake fillet, lightly curried mussel and vegetable broth. To close the show there's a classic tart tatin paired with butterscotch sauce and vanilla pod ice cream or Scottish and French cheeses served with chutney, oatcakes, biscuits, grapes and Granny Smith apple lardons.

Matching the food is a mightily impressive, award-winning wine list with a fine selection by the glass. Malcolm Duck has toured the world's vineyards in search of quality, although the list has a deliberately 'inflated' French section.

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Modern Scottish / European


John Paul McLachlan

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 7.30 - 9.30am
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 9.00pm Tue-Sun

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Facilities at Ducks Inn

  • Childrens menu
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Partial disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 50 covers
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available, (23 rooms)


WiFi is available


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


Ducks Inn
Main Street
EH32 0RE

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