We always like to keep up to date with new restaurants that our clients would enjoy, and so far this year the new Vanillarestaurant in Newcastle, County Down has been getting some very good reviews from our clients.
Opened in October last year the restaurant specialises in preparing dishes from the finest local ingredients. You can see full details of the menus if you click here. Yum!
By Alastair Niven. Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 9 years and is one of your Golf Travel Specialists.
A favorite amongst PerryGolf clients for a meal while staying in St. Andrews is The Peat Inn; a family run, first class restaurant with three separate dining areas and only a 15 minute drive from the town centre. During a recent visit to the area, we stopped off for dinner in the evening.
Upon arrival we were led into the lounge area and served canapés while we examined the menus – a nice touch, although be careful not to enjoy the canapés and aperitifs too much if you want to leave room for your meal! There are three different menus to select from; the Tasting Menu, the Menu of the Day and the Main Menu (this offers a selection of six dishes per course).
If you enjoy French Cuisine, then these menus offer the kind of classic servings that ensure you will return again.
If you are planning a stay in Aberdeen, Scotland and have a free night ahead, I’d happily recommend The Olive Tree for your evening meal.
Set in the Granite City’s West End in a renovated former toll house, the restaurant offers two very different settings; The Black Olive – which is situated in the conservatory and offers a modern environment; or The Olive Tree which is the more formal of the two eating areas. There is not a huge choice on the menus, but this is offset by the fact that they are updated regularly and always work with seasonal produce. Each day, a seasonal special is on offer as well as the core European menu. When I was there I had a main of confit of halibut with ratatouille which was delicious…and for any like-minded chocoholics, you have to try the chocolate and peanut parfait for dessert!
It’s worth noting that The Olive Tree also has private rooms which are ideal for a group who would like a more intimate experience.
In the next few months, the famous French Chef, Albert Roux, will be opening 2 new restaurants in Scotland.This is in addition to his already successful restaurant at the Rocpool Reserve in Inverness.
The first restaurant is due to open in April and will be set in a remote town in the North West of Scotland, (click here for more details). This isolated location means that many of our clients may not get the opportunity to dine there as the closest area which clients regularly utilize is Dornoch which is 1 hour and 30 minutes away. The second restaurant, which will open at the famous Greywalls Hotel (on the edge of Muirfield Golf Course), is set to open in May. Greywalls is set on the outskirts of Gullane and is in a great location for many championship courses which are within 5 miles of the hotel. Having the latest Albert Roux restaurant in the hotel is sure to make Greywalls an even more appealing place to stay.
The 3 restaurants which Albert Roux will have in Scotland come under the Chez Roux banner which prides itself on fresh Scottish ingredients with a French twist.
On a recent trip to Southportin the North West of England, I was glad to see how much the restaurant scene had improved since my last visit 6 or 7 years ago. Myself and some of the other sales team at PerryGolf ate in Warehouse Brasserie; located in the town centre on West Street, just off of Lord Street. It is very convenient for those using Southport as a base for a golf trip.
The main restaurant, which is decorated in a modern Art Deco style, is located downstairs and has a warm and friendly atmosphere. No need for jacket and tie here. The menu is varied and offers dishes from local fish and game to Asian curries and Chinese-influenced noodles. I opted to have the black pudding hash brown with mustard mayo and poached egg followed by the local Fleetwood Cod with Crab and sweet corn risotto with ginger spring onions. Both dishes were excellent and certainly merited the 2 AA rosettes and Michelin Bib Gourmand the restaurant has been awarded. A number of my companions went for the Duck Spring Rolls which were also excellent, as was the fish pie. Unfortunately we did not have space left for dessert – but I was very tempted by the Dark Chocolate Tart with pecans and caramel ice cream.
All agreed it was an excellent meal and it was made even more special due to the fact we were seated beside a table of local professional soccer players who play for Liverpool Football Club.