This excellent gastro pub with rooms, dating from the 1750's, produces food of a standard hard to rival for many miles around.
The kitchen, under the leadership of chef/proprietoress Maureen Rennie has built up an excellent network of the top local suppliers.
Food can be enjoyed informally in the Harness or Lounge Bars or in their elegant Georgian Dining Room. This includes good sandwiches and bar snacks plus full-blown meals.
Starters might include the of 'Cullen Skink'; 'A Platter of Belhaven Smoked Salmon'; 'Chicken Liver & Cognac Paté with Gooseberry Jelly & Scottish Oatcakes' and 'Deep-Fried Mushrooms in Sweet Potato & Corander Batter, with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce'.
Maybe to be followed by 'Italian-Style Herbed Meatballs with Tomato Sauce, Spaghetti & Parmesan'; 'Wholetail Whitby Scampi with Fries, Salad & Tartare Sauce'; 'Border Beef, Guinness & Mushroom Pie' and 'Char-Grilled Fillet of Salmon with Parsnip Purée, Chorizo & Green Beans'.
If you still have room you might be tempted by 'Sticky Toffee Pudding'; 'Crème Brulée'; 'Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding with Organic Vanilla Ice Cream' or their selection of Scottish farmhouse cheeses.
No children of under 10 are allowed in the dining room after 20.00.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.30; mains £8.25 to £14.95 (plus excellent bar snacks)
- Dinner: all week, 17.00-21.00; Mains £8.25 to £14.95
- Wine: a concise but interesting list, offers a good selection by the glass.
- Children's portions: Yes, including Children's menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Directions: see the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: most of February (enquire about precise dates)
- Rooms available