On Saturday, we had the chance to dine at The Duck Hook, an inviting pub restaurant with quirky decor and a relaxed atmosphere. Located at Dubai Hills Golf Club (voted the world’s best new golf course as it happens), the restaurant boasts views of a serene lake nestled amongst sprawling greenery. Here’s what we made of our visit….
Far from the madding crowds
Emirates Hills Golf Club is only a short drive from some of Dubai’s favourite hotspots and communities. It took us around 10 minutes from Media City, yet felt like we were a world away from the usual hustle and bustle as we arrived at the shiny new golf complex.
Coming into The Duck Hook, we were struck by the beautifully designed interior, which exuded cosy English country styling with fun features. The walls were adorned with classic looking paintings of the gentry in Georgian clobber, with duck heads. Met by the warm and friendly staff, we debated whether to sit outside and enjoy the views or stay inside. We opted for the latter and got stuck into looking at the menu.
Hearty comfort food beautifully cooked
We’ll definitely be making a return trip to the Duck Hook because there were so many contenders when it came to choosing a dish (Beef Wellington, the Mighty Duck Burger, Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips to name a few…there were also veggie and fish options). In the end, we went for the lamb and chicken roast dinners, because well, it would be rude not to wouldn’t it? First up though were the starters- a prawn cocktail and a colourful salad. We were glad to have started out with something light because they’re very generous when it comes to portion sizes. Ideal for the hungry golfer looking for a bite at the 19th hole.
The starters were full of flavour and a refreshing choice which got our appetites nicely ready for our roast dinners.
Sprog and dog friendly
While we were waiting, we took a little wander outside to admire the surroundings. A really nice discovery was that The Duck Hook is dog friendly. A group of friends were sat outside with their doggos who seemed to be loving the opportunity to chill in the shade of the umbrella while their owners enjoyed their lunch. Not only is the place dog friendly, but it’s also child friendly, with a bouncy castle tucked aside on the lawn and a kids play area hidden down a pathway to the side of the restaurant. It makes the venue an ideal place for families who want a grown up meal but with something to keep the kids busy all day. There was a dedicated kids menu too to keep them satisfied.
A meal fit for a king
Out came our roast dinners and they didn’t disappoint. Again, the portion sizes were king-sized and our chicken and lamb came perfectly cooked with all the trimmings including cauliflower cheese and a good old Yorkshire pudding. Another nice touch that we noticed is that the water in The Duck Hook is filtered in-house and served in reusable glass bottles, meaning that single-use plastic waste is responsibly reduced. And if you’re looking for something a bit stronger than water, there are plenty of interesting beverages to choose from too.
We left some space for a dessert and were glad we did because both the sticky toffee pudding and blackberry and apple crumble were immense. The cheese board looked very tempting too and would be ideal for those with more of a savoury tooth. The Duck Hook will definitely be a place we return to, especially throughout the winter with its cosy atmosphere and peaceful outside terrace, it gave us all the feels for this time of year.