With its open fire places and cosy chesterfields, The Duck Inn offers the perfect winter warmers. Fathers Day is fast approaching and you can be sure a visit to this country style pub will more than make his day. Every box is ticked, from top-notch food to the traditional service and inviting interior. We chat to head chef Paul Twigg about what’s on the menu.
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Just 30 minutes from Adelaide, The Duck Inn is a local institution and a firm favourite for in-the-know foodies. If your dad’s not already one of them, he soon will be! A contemporary menu, which makes good use of local Adelaide Hills produce, is the cornerstone, while the distinct country style interiors add to the warmth and appeal. Head chef Paul Twigg is the man behind the menu, which cleverly fuses pub classics with modern flavours.
Tell us a bit about your background.
I have been a chef for 16 years. I fell in love with the atmosphere and the high pace of the kitchen when I first became a young kitchen hand. Since then I’ve worked in a variety of different environments, from restaurants like The Salopian inn and Lenzerheide to large winery functions and busy award-winning hotels.
What is your first food related memory?
Tasting chicken that had been cooked over charcoal. The flavours blew my mind and started a life-long interest in charcoal cooking, smoking meats and cooking over direct fire.
You use a lot of local produce-why is this important and how does it impact your menu?
It’s important for the quality of the produce as well as saving energy, emissions and reducing the kilometres travelled, which all helps the environment. But most of all, it supports local businesses and the farmers. It takes a lot more focus to write each menu but it’s rewarding and the customers appreciate it.
There is a bit of duck on the menu! What’s the must try duck dish?
Definitely sous-vide duck breast, sautéed Adelaide Hills mushrooms, charred baby leeks, cauliflower puree, duck fat potato and cherry jus.
What sets The Duck Inn apart from other country pubs?
It’s one of the few pubs these days that hasn’t been completely modernised by extreme renovations. It still has that old wooden charm, warm fireplaces, a nice large deck to enjoy the sun and (hopefully) next level food!