Having stayed overnight at the Allan Ramsay Hotel in Carlops, we decided not to eat out and to try the restaurant’s own menu. And what a lucky decision that was. In fact, it was that good I’ve decided it merits a review all of its own.
If you, like me, dislike modern or boutique style hotels, preferring something with a bit of character, perhaps an older coaching inn, with wooden beams and open fires then you’re going to love the Allan Ramsay Hotel in the Scottish Borders area of Carlops near Midlothian.
I’d love to have brought you my fun-filled review of Elsrickle’s Big Red Barn, Lanarkshire’s answer to Fawlty Towers – with its very own Sybil – unfortunately, the whole visit turned into a big embarrassing farce.
Sometimes we food writers are delighted when we find a hidden gem that’s not on the food luvvies circuit.
So imagine my delight while on a day trip to the conservation village of Luss, located some 12 miles outside of Glasgow on the shores of Loch Lomond where I found Luss Seafood Bar.
Ingram Wynd is renowned for the quality of its food, service and professional staff. I’ve sung its praises in the past on more than one occasion myself. However, if they think their afternoon tea offering is going to set the heather on fire, then it’s time for a healthy serving of reality check!
The Richmond Oriental showed great potential so I was expecting good things, If this was a school report, unfortunately it would be, ‘could do better’.
There are very few restaurants in Scotland who can claim so many awards for pizzas, but Oro, the former Bella Napoli on Kilmarnock Road in the south side of the city is one such establishment.
So, do I recommend the Elphinstone for its food offering? Without a doubt, it’s a resounding yes. If you don’t want fussiness and fancy presentation and are more about the support of local businesses using quality produce to create cracking home-cooked honest-to-goodness food, the Elphinstone is for you.
Good quality authentic Scottish food with impeccable supplier pedigrees.
Exceptional views over the Lake of Menteith as you sit in the conservatory enjoying lunch or dinner.