What a great Friday night dinner we enjoyed here during our break on Orkney. Up a long driveway a wee distance from the centre of Orkney is this hotel. The place itself has a traditional feel to it - nothing minimalist or even especially historic about it, but it certainly hasn’t been modernised and is like stepping back in time a few decades - but in a good way.
The menu is impressive - a good range of interesting options, with plenty of local flavour.
We began with a local gin for me and a glass of red for my husband. Complimentary canapés and breads were brought to our table. He chose to have a starter - the soufflé - followed by the Ronaldsay mutton for main. I went for the duck breast - which was amazing. Our mains came with a side of vegetables (carrots and broccoli cooked just right), while the dishes themselves were served with different potato accompaniments and lovely, well matched extras.
We decided to follow up with the cheese option; the menu listed a number of cheeses, many of them local. Even better, we were told that we would be served a portion of each of the cheeses, so no need to angst over which ones to choose! We also appreciated the quality crackers and oatcakes that came with the cheeses. We ordered ports to go with the cheeses; these came in lovely stemmed crystal glasses. And then on to coffee with petit fours - of course they were delicious too. The only thing I would have changed - the coffee cups were not particularly large yet came out only half full. I think the assumption must be that everyone takes milk, and lots of it. We don’t, so although the coffee was actually good coffee, there were only a few mouthfuls, and a large jug of milk went untouched.
The restaurant, which is a good size, got busier as the evening went on; there were quite a few staff on, but they were all kept fully occupied. There are good Covid practices here, great toilets (nice soap and handcream plus lovely white hand-towels) and plenty of parking. And the prices are good too - this restaurant really does offer excellent quality and excellent value. Highly recommended.
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