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C-SHACK

Evening Meal

We had been invited out to this cosy restaurant and were not
disappointed in any way.

Just opposite the Newhaven harbour, this small but inviting
restaurant serves Belgian beers and a selection of well prepared meals. The decor is tasteful maritime without being cluttered, and the windows are decorated in a fun seaside style of drawings and script.

The days catch of local fish helps dictate the menu.

 

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Due to it’s small size our hosts were never far away and service is faultless – fast, efficient and plenty of smiles, making our visit very worthwhile. Not every table was occupied while we were there but it’s probably a good idea to book, and be prepared to sit close to      others if it’s a busy lunch or evening.

 

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Monkfish – terribly expensive in Norway but at C-Shack a very good potion

 

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Fish and chips of course – you just have to when back in Scotland.

 

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Classic but good!

Portions are reasonable, as are prices here.  Altogether, well worth a visit if you get the  chance… and the location is just as charming!

 

THE FAMOUS GROUSE EXPERIENCE

90th Birthday at The Famous Grouse Experience

Glenturret Distillery

We were 16 guests to celebrate at Scotland’s oldest working
distillery. Winner of numerous tourist awards, it is located just
outside the town of Crieff in Perthshire alongside the river Earn.
Here they produce the Famous Grouse whiskies as well as the
Glenturret Highland range and single malt.

We had a memorable visit even though we did not take the tour this time but remained in the cosy restaurant above the shop. If however, you are at the distillery for the first time, the tour is a very
worthwhile experience and very professionally done.

The catering is a successful collaboration between the Glenturret Distillery and the award winning event team Wild Thyme.

Service and food was excellent, and since we were not restricted to a set menu, managing to get our different choices out in good time was an achievement in itself.

 

IMG_8349Tear and share homemade bread – absolutely delicious!

 

IMG_8359Beetroot cured Shetland salmon with Glenturret whisky cucumber and herb salad and wasabi mayonnaise.

 

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Caramelized red onion humus, crispy goats cheese, tomato crisp bread with balsamic vinegar – served on slate.

Spring pea and mint soup with Hugh Grierson’s ham hough was
just marvellous and enjoyed by all who ordered it.

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Chicken liver parfait, apple salad and Cumberland sauce served with a brioche bun.

 

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If like me you are a fan of Ginger Beer – this is terrific!

 

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My main course:

New season’s lamb with creamed potatoes, spring minted peas, little gem and baby onions, served with a piquant jus – just delicious!

Prices at the Glenturret are very reasonable for this quality of food. The atmosphere is both relaxing and cosy. We had a wonderful day out and couldn’t fault our experience – thanks to all there for making it so memorable !

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Aurora at the entrance to Glenturret Distillery and the iconic Grouse.

EDINBURGH 2

Dining out in Edinburgh

We were treated to several meals out by family members on our trip over and we’d like to share some of our visits and experiences with you here.

I was dubious as to whether Aurora would like Scotland’s unique haggis the first time she tasted it. In fact she loved it, and felt it had some similarity to the Spanish Morcilla in flavour.

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If the portion looks a little small it’s because I had to share two as the others were envious of my choice!

At Rollo’s in Stockbridge, we got a new twist on this dish in the form of crispy balls of haggis (bon bon) served with a whisky marmalade. We are definitely going to have a go at re-creating this starter here in Norway with a tinned haggis I bought at the airport. My main was a lamb salad – surprisingly filling – and despite not usually being a rocket fan, I soon found myself enjoying these well dressed leaves.

Rollo’s is very popular – you’ll have to book to be sure of a table. They serve well presented and tasty food in a somewhat small, but cosy room.  On the day, service was efficient but impersonal, with not a word exchanged from the waitress from the moment she took our order to the moment we were ready to leave – something we all came to comment on. I hope she just had a bad day, otherwise she’s definitely in the wrong business!

Britannia Spice Indian Restaurant – close to Ocean Terminal, Leith.

This once award winning restaurant was a huge disappointment. It was some years since I was there and it was fantastic, but this time it was just awful. The restaurant had few guests – a warning sign we should have taken notice of. The main course took 40 minutes to
arrive, and during the wait we discovered a large black cobweb just above our hosts seat.

Although the food did not differ in taste, the portions were small and served in simple unattractive white dishes. We had to swap one dish between us that was wrongly placed.

The service that I remember as amazing, was mediocre and slow. When eventually we felt it was time to let the manager know of our disappointment,the staff seemed hopelessly inept at dealing with the situation and would only allow the manager to comment. “Then please fetch him we asked.” A waiter returned alone, suggesting
he may be out for a smoke, but we had spotted him laughing throughout a phone conversation in a glass booth at the restaurant entrance, so off went the waiter once again.

After some minutes he eventually pocketed his mobile, and came over to our table. He gave the lamest performance I had ever heard – blaming the poor service on the fact it was impossible to get good staff because they were all driving taxis these days. He told us he had been manager since they started up and when we suggested it was on a downward spiral, he simply nodded and agreed. We shook our heads and left Britannia Spice for the last time!