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January 27, 2020

Bringing the number of Buzzworks bars and restaurants to a round dozen, The Duke opened on Kilmarnock's John Finnie Street at the weekend.

Formerly Lucky 7, the new venue has been given a total makeover. Pic above is from The Duke's Facebook.

The food menu runs from breakfast to late and there are options to suit all appetites and dietary requirements.

You could start your day with a full Scottish breakfast or lighten things up with granola topped with Greek yoghurt and maple syrup.

Sticking with the lighter options, the snack section of the menu includes soups, dirty fries, flatbreads with lemon and garlic hummus, nachos and a range of tempura.

More hearty choices could be the Vietnamese veggie curry bowl, mince and tatties or the intriguing 'Helen's famous sausage roll'.

Of course, there is also fish and chips with Innis & Gunn batter; beef and chicken burgers or a Beyond Meat vegan burger.

Fancy pieces

Your blogger was tickled by the 'Fancy pieces' selection. Diners can choose between sourdough, a beet root wrap or bagel filled with, among other choices, roast ham, cheddar and Arran mustard or smashed avocado, chickpea, salsa, peppers and seeds.

The coffee comes from Rocket Monkey or you could explore the tea menu. Smoothies and shakes are complemented by ready mixed drinks like the kombucha, the nitro mocha or the very fashionable High Tide Cold Brew with CBD.

The ingredient du jour also appears on the cocktail list in a CBD Espresso Martini made with Dead Man's Fingers Hemp rum, Cazcabel coffee liqueur, sugar and espresso.

We'll go for the more frou frou Princess Martini. That is Absolut Vanilla, Malibu, passionfruit, fresh lime and pineapple juice topped with pineapple and Prosecco foam. A snip at £6.

Incidentally, despite Scotland's West Coast being well known for enjoying both country music and the occasional cowboy film, the new bar's name has nothing to do with John Wayne, A.K.A. The Duke.

Rather it is inspired by Scotland's first steam train which the Duke of Portland used to shift coal from Killie to Troon.

We wish The Duke every success.