During our stay at the stunningly picturesque Four Seasons Hotel on the banks of Loch Earn, our evening meal in the two AA Rosette restaurant was inspired by four very famous previous guests of the hotel. The Beatles stayed there in 1964 and the chef had decided to recreate the menu (with a few tweaks) that they had chosen from way back then. Take a look at the original below..
We wandered down early from our chalet to enjoy a glass of wine by the open fire before dinner. Jeff our waiter from South Africa recommended a wine, False Bay (yes it was South African!) for us and he sold it to us with so much passion we couldn’t resist.
The food was fairly retro as you’d expect with starters of Butternut Squash Soup with Homemade Bread, a Platter of Charcuterie and Beef Carpaccio. The soup was hearty and satisfying and the flavours on the other two dishes were clean and well defined, the chutney that accompanied the duck was particularly good.
We all had the fish course next, which was the classic Sole Veronique. This Escoffier classic was very tasty, with the fish perfectly cooked and the creamy white sauce was rich and flavourful. The grapes added a touch of sweetness and sharpness which cut through the richness of the dish.
For main course we had Prawn Madras Curry with Naan Bread and Chicken Supreme. Everything was well cooked and delicious. Their usual menu offers amazing sounding dishes like Pan Seared Wood Pigeon with Parsnip Puree and Pheasant Stuffed with Pork and Chestnut with Swede Fondant. I would certainly want to come back to try those dishes.
Dessert was a nice twist on Bread and Butter Pudding which had lovely orange flavours coming through it and served with a Chocolate Ice Cream. It was a really nice take on a comforting classic. We also indulged in a really nice bottle of dessert wine, Moscato Passito Palazzina.
Overall, this was a very tasty, satisfying meal which had classic flavours brought into the 21st century with modern presentation.