I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Biggar twice during December, it’s a beautiful place to visit this time of year and a picturesque drive down from Edinburgh.
Our first getaway was to The Elphinstone Hotel, more to come on the hotel itself, in this post I’ll cover our delicious meal.
After arriving and settling in, we enjoyed a few games of pool in the bar (I managed to defeat Alex in the final!). We had worked up a bit of an appetite after our exertions and having missed lunch we opted for the Sharing Platter.
The platter featured panko breaded chicken goujons and prawns, battered onion rings, deep fried haggis balls, and cheesy nachos. It was all served with a couple of dips. Barring one nacho, which was left out of sheer politeness to each other (nobody wanted to eat the last morsel!), we polished off the lot.
Our main courses were a hearty affair, we were clearly craving winter comfort food and the Elphinstone does this style of food so well.
I had the Guinea Fowl Breasts in a mushroom gravy with roast potatoes and a generous portion of vegetables on the side. It’s the kind of unfussy food your granny might serve up. In terms of texture guinea fowl is slightly tougher than chicken, and the flavour isn’t overwhelmingly gamey.
Alex couldn’t resist the Roast Leg of Lamb with Yorkshire Pudding. To be honest I think it was the lure of a Yorkshire pudding that swung it, and it was huge so definitely a good choice. The meat was tender with lashings of gravy, and again, a good order of veg on the side.
Despite being very full at this stage, we were tempted by the extensive dessert menu which featured both sundaes (made with local ice cream) and traditional desserts. We had the Waffles with Banana and Ice Cream. It well and truly finished us off. We had planned to go to the lounge for more pool, but alas we ended up retiring for the night to watch The Apprentice in our pyjamas!
Price: Sharing Platter £9.95, Mains £7.75 – £23.95
Good for: Relaxed dining, good local homemade food