After a lovely afternoon in a beer garden just a short walk from Hotel Colessio, we headed back for a quick change and to the hotel’s grill restaurant. I had a Strawberry Daquiri, which was very pretty and got us in the right vibe for a nice meal.
To start I ordered the Ayrshire Ham Hock Terrine with pomegranates and damson curd. The terrine had nice big chunks of terrine and the damson curd made a nice change from the usual chutneys – coupled with the odd burst of sweetness from the pomegranates, it was a very pleasant plateful of food. My friend went for the Scottish Asparagus which was served with a stuffed tempura courgette flower. It looked a little awkward on the plate but ate well and it was nice to see them featuring Scottish asparagus.
Being a grill restaurant, we plumped for the Tomahawk Steak to share. I was a wee bit worried that it would be an overwhelming slab of steak, but we chose the smaller portion and it was really manageable. I love enjoying steak this way (sharing). The chips, roasted red onion and tomatoes were all great accompaniments for the meat, and both the Béarnaise and Peppercorn sauces were rich and creamy, perfect for dipping the chips into!
Desserts were a mixed affair, I could see the logic behind Pineapple and Crowdie, unfortunately it didn’t work for me on either flavour or texture. I think we should stick to the retro coupling of pineapple and cheddar on the obligatory cocktail stick! Nevermind because the Lemon Posset was zingy and creamy all at once and my friend was happy to share with me…well I think she was, she didn’t get much choice!
I’m not too familiar with what Stirling has to offer dining wise, but as far as hotel restaurants go, Hotel Colessio is above average and worth considering if you’re staying.