Last time I came here was for a wedding reception. It has since been renovated and mixes modern with traditional, to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
After completing the journey from the car park to the bar, I was unpleasantly surprised to be met by no body. No front of house, no bar staff, nothing. Eventually a bar man did appear, but served the stray who had appeared to my left.
This wasn’t a great start, but these things happen I suppose. There are a few different seating areas to choose from, which gives dining here an intimate and cosy feel.
We choose a table in the corner near the bar, and a waiter promptly appeared with two menus, both of which had seen better days!
Overall the food was fine. I started with Gruyere fitters, which were good and particularly more-ish. The tomato puree and pesto worked well, and Gruyere is one of my favorite melted cheeses.
For a main course I had chicken Normandy. The chicken itself was well cooked; almost pink, perfectly succulent with a good crispy skin. Its a shame the accompanying sauce and bacon bits let the dish down, but this wasn’t well cooked. It was flabby and chewy, the fat lacked that concentrated hit of salty flavor that comes from well cooked bacon bits! The sauce Normandy was lovely and creamy but perhaps could have done with a bit more kick from the apples.
My dining companion had a salad, which was apparently very good, and certainly looked great.
Overall, it was a lovely afternoon. The atmosphere was relaxed, and we sat there long after we had finished eating. In such a pleasant setting, with elegant decor and polite waiting staff, it is hard not to enjoy a trip to The Shireburn.