I had read online that The Auldgirth Inn was a gastropub, but I hadn’t been prepared to be offered a full tasting menu. I had treated my mum to the 7 course tasting menu at The Pompadour the night before, so I really had my work cut out getting through another – FOMO got the better of me though and we dived right in…
Our chef’s snacks included tempura vegetables, pate on crostini, and oysters. Chef kindly breaded our oysters and deep fried them, we aren’t as keen on the raw version.
Our first official course was a beautifully presented Heritage Tomato Salad with Ricotta and Olive. It was fresh and light and a good way to start a tasting menu.
Next up was a Haggis Scotch Egg with mayonnaise and spiralised courgette. The Scotch egg was delicious with a runny yolk (you’re always praying when you’ve ordered Scotch egg that it will be like this!). The spiralised courgette brought a bit a of colour to the dish but little else. This dish was missing a sharp element to cut through the richness of the egg, haggis and mayo. I think a squeeze of zesty lemon over the courgette may have been perfect.
This Scallop, Pork Belly, Wild Garlic dish was my clear favourite of the evening. I worried about the lack of carb or veg, but quite honestly it didn’t need it. The apple gel was the ideal accompaniment and the portion was plenty enough to break up the pork and sweet scallop. Amazing dish, could happily eat it again right now (if it wasn’t currently breakfast time!)
Venison is not my favourite of meats, this was cooked well though. I wasn’t so keen on the giant gnocchi which was a bit dry and doughy. It was filled with shredded venison, but this was also unfortunately quite dry. I like the idea but it didn’t quite come off for me.
We were treated to a trio of desserts and they were all excellent! A lemon tart looked like something out of a food magazine when it arrived. Sharp lemon and a torched top provided lots of flavour. The chocolate fondant melted in the middle and the raspberry sorbet was tangy enough to get you through all the chocolate. The constructed Eton Mess was also a winner, we of course deconstructed into the messy version we all know and love.
A great meal and far more than you’d expect, a few tweaks here and there would elevate it to another level. Great value too.