NUT ALLERGIES: we regret we are not able to accommodate serious and/or life-threatening nut allergies as we cannot guarantee the provenance of every item of food that comes into our kitchen.
For coeliacs or similar, we offer gluten-free bread (and toast) and can happily substitute chickpea flour for wheat in deep-fried dishes. We can also offer alternative desserts for those that include pastry.
For those with a dairy intolerance, we always have soya milk, spread, yoghurt and ice cream available.
We will happily offer guidance through our normal a la carte for guests who wish to avoid a particular ingredient because of intolerance or simple dislike!
We are delighted to offer a separate menu for committed vegetarians who never eat meat and fish. We can also care for vegans with a separate menu. In both instances it helps us offer you a more interesting choice – especially at Sunday lunch – if you mention this at the time of booking. (The only exceptions are Christmas Day lunch, Boxing Day brunch, New Year’s Eve dinner and New Year’s Day brunch when the advertised menu is all that is available.)
For fish-eating ‘vegetarians’, please be assured that our normal a la carte offers a good choice of non-meat dishes. We are also very happy to cook any ingredient plainly if the a la carte seems a bit too challenging.
While we still welcome walk-in guests, especially for our midweek informal lunch, we now take bookings for lunch seven days a week. For parties of 5 people or more, a £20 per person deposit – non-refundable unless we have 48 hours notice of changed numbers or entire cancellation – is required.
Our Monday to Saturday lunch menu contains many popular dishes from seafood risotto, fritto misto and smoked salmon & scrambled eggs to carpaccio, fish and chips and our wonderful steak and kidney pie. There is a good mix of starters or smaller sized dishes as well as main courses. Many of the dishes are much liked by children but, as before, there is no dedicated children’s menu.
Our dinner a la carte changes, or at least evolves, throughout the week. These sample menus do reflect the sort of food we cook and the prices we charge, though.
Anyone on a dinner, bed and breakfast package has free choice of three courses with no supplements or other caveats.
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We definitely recommend you book for Sunday lunch. The main course price buys either a starter or dessert as well. Main courses include our very popular 28-day, dry-aged Aberdeen Angus roast sirloin of beef with all the traditional trimmings. Because we don’t ask customers to pre-order*, the beef can run out so it’s probably better to come earlier rather than later, should you have set your heart on it. A menu for children of 8 years or under is also available – please see below. *We did try this, but it didn’t work as too many guests changed their mind when they saw the full menu!
It goes without saying that there are always special menus for festive occasions such as Christmas, New Year and St. Valentine’s day. Please note that while the menus for Christmas Day lunch, Boxing Day brunch, New Year’s Eve dinner and New Year’s Day brunch may well have the odd vegetarian dish on them, we do not provide a separate vegetarian or vegan menu, with its usual wide choice, on these four occasions.
Throughout the rest of the year we are always happy to construct a special menu for parties celebrating a special occasion. (NB the maximum number of guests is ten, unless the whole hotel is taken.)
During the week, breakfast is served from 8.00 – 9.45 am (last orders). On Saturday and Sunday it starts at 8.30am. Everything hot is cooked to order, so there could be a wait on a very busy, all-down-at-once morning. However, this has to better better than the gloom of a dried up buffet breakfast, don’t you think? Non-residents are welcome to have breakfast with us as long as they book in advance. This is charged at £18.50 (free choice) per person . Room service continental breakfast is served between 8.00 – 10.30 am (last orders).