Rogano Restaurant

roganoCongratulations to Rogano who recently won the 2012-2013 AA Restaurant of the Year in Scotland. The award recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation and ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality.  Rogano Restaurant is featured in PerryGolf’s dining guide for Glasgow.

A must for dining during your stay in Glasgow City.

By Denise McKee.  Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 13 years and is a member of our admin team.

Crackpots, Kinsale

A recent trip to Southern Ireland allowed me a short stay in Kinsale, Co.Cork.  I opted to dine at Crackpots on Cork Street and wanted to tell you a bit about it.

It is a small, but incredibly warm and inviting restaurant with a twist…it is also a working pottery with many fine ceramics and paintings for sale on site.  The restaurant offers an ever-changing menu which flows with the seasons meaning produce is always fresh and caters for all predilections.

Many of PerryGolf’s clients who are traveling to South West Ireland opt to play Old Head Golf Links, and with less than a 30 minute drive to Crackpots, I thoroughly recommend you consider finishing off your day with dinner there.

Champany Inn

One of the restaurants we have booked for clients for many years is the Champany Inn in Linlithgow.  It is just 40 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh and has long had a great reputation as being one of the best restaurants in the country…especially for steaks!  As a treat for a recent Anniversary I finally made reservations to dine there and I was not disappointed.

The restaurant has a very homely atmosphere and is set in converted farm buildings – they actually now have two restaurants; we ate in the Chop & Ale House.  The menu is fairly basic as their focus is on the quality of the produce…and you can tell.  Also available is the main dining room which is more formal and has a larger menu.  Not to be forgotten, within the building is an outstanding wine cellar which is also worth a visit.

We started with chicken liver pate and chorizo which is made from scratch on-site and was excellent but that was just the teaser.  For the main course we had rib eye and T-bone steak; both chargrilled and easily the best I have ever tasted.  The steaks were nicely seared on the outside and incredibly succulent inside.  I had also heard that their cheesecake was very good so we managed to find the space to share a slice to finish off what is one of the most enjoyable meals I have ever had.

A recent addition is that they now have some rooms available so, while they are not a conventional hotel and more of a restaurant with rooms, you can fully indulge in the experience and have a great farmhouse-style breakfast the following morning…although  I do suggest good long walk beforehand to build up your appetite.

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 12 years and is of our Golf Travel Specialists.

The Adamson, St Andrews

Just spent a weekend in St. Andrews enjoying plenty of golf and eating out.  St. Andrews has a great selection of restaurants and added to their list this year is The Adamson.  I enjoyed a fantastic dinner there; they have a great menu choice with a big emphasis on fresh locally sourced food and staff offering a great service.  The building on South Street was originally a Post Office, and it has taken a year for them to convert it into this fantastic restaurant which is a great blend of chic and relaxing resulting in a very special atmosphere.  Definitely worth a visit on your next trip to St. Andrews.

By Gary Sheppard.  Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 6 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

A Little Bit of Italy

Little Italy, St. Andrews

We are asked by many of our clients to recommend dining options for them, so it is always good to hear when clients really enjoy a particular dining experience.  One such restaurant that consistently receives  rave reviews from our clients is Little Italy in St. Andrews.  It is a small family run restaurant with an Italian owner who is passionate about food and serving great traditional favourites in a warm, bustling atmosphere.  The quality of food is such that we had a group of 8 guys there last night who promptly cancelled their reservations at a completely different restaurant for the following night so they could go back to Little Italy again!  I have eaten there myself and certainly agree that the food, wine and atmosphere are great.  

Make sure you pay them a visit the next time you are in St. Andrews – might be best to book in advance though!

By Alastair Niven.  Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 13 years is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.