It is said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. A little piece of homespun wisdom that rings particularly true after spending some quality festive time with the relatives.
Anyone looking for a little luxurious breathing space after such trauma will enjoy today’s Big Deal with Ducks at Kilspindie House, a charming hotel in the picturesque village of Aberlady, East Lothian.
Bed and breakfast
A half hour drive from Edinburgh city centre, Ducks at Kilspindie is surrounded by world class golf courses; fantastic bird-watching opportunities and plenty of bracing coastal walks.
The traditional 23 bedroom hotel is the brainchild of Malcolm Duck who many will remember as the owner of Duck’s at Le Marché Noir in Edinburgh’s New Town.
The same attention to detail and customer care which made the Edinburgh restaurant a success has been applied in Aberlady.
All of the rooms are ensuite with flat screen TVs, Freeview channels; hot drinks facilities and free WiFi.
The Big Deal is for an overnight stay for two people in the white-washed Kilspindie House.
A full Scottish breakfast is included in the Big Deal. Choose to take lunch or dinner in the hotel and you are in for a real treat.
The candle-lit Duck’s Restaurant offers fine dining while Donald’s bar/bistro offers more informal choices.
Both are served by Head Chef Jonny Dunbar who likes to use seasonal ingredients from the surrounding land and sea.
A typical dishes in Duck’s might be the sirloin of matured Buccleuch beef served with Yukon gold fondant potato, kale, celeriac puree, foraged chanterelles, a haggis fritter and peppercorn sauce.
Both Duck’s and Donald’s offer an extensive wine list which many reckon to be among the best in Scotland, a nod to Malcolm Duck’s experience in the wine trade.
Great gift idea
With vouchers valid until the end of February 2012, this would make a generous gift.
Alternatively, keep it to yourself and enjoy a relaxing break in Ducks at Kilspindie. Obviously, you would be quackers not to.