Lunch@The Wild Duck, Ewen

We used to come to The Wild Duck a few years back but, after having one or two good experiences here, it seemed to lose its way. However, it has recently been acquired by The Lucky Onion – a collection of creatives that run a small group of fine hotels & restaurants. As we really like some of their other places (see 131 The Promenade for example), we are going to give The Wild Duck another try.

When we arrive the place looks the same – maybe a little smarter than before. Rock orders half an Otter ale, while I have a Coaster – a light English ale from Sharp’s Brewery.

The lunch menu is very interesting – with something for everyone – and there is a set lunch menu for those seeking value for money. I usually ignore such things but today’s set menu sounds good and I decide to give it a go. It doesn’t suit Rock but she is happy to do her own thing. After tasting my Coaster, Rock is converted and orders half for herself…

The set starter is stilton & cauliflower soup served with a slice of lightly toasted bread. I find it rich, velvety and full of flavour. The main is pan-fried lemon sole fillets with shrimps, spinach and citrus butter. Meanwhile, Rock is having the Ricotta Gnudi from the al la carte menu – which is served with roast sweet potato, tomatoes and warm lentil viniagrette. Both dishes are very delicate in taste but not in portion size – we certainly have enough to eat.

My set dessert is a vanilla rice pudding with prunes soaked in armagnac. Another rich dish and not in any way delicate. The set lunch menu has been very good and extraordinary value at £18 for three courses.

The Wild Duck is back on form. The excellent food has been complemented by great service from Helen S. We’ll definitely be back for more…


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Wade and Rock are a UK based couple who love good food and wildlife and love travelling to find it. Wade does most, but not all, of the writing and the photography. Rock shares the eating experience and tells Wade when planned posts fall short on sense or style or taste. In the opinion of Wade (and many of our friends) she is also a fabulous baker. WadeandRockandFood mainly consists of reviews of restaurants and pubs we have recently visited. WadeandRockandWildlife and WadeandRockandPlaces are mostly photoblogs.

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