“Old friends of the Bowgie... but...”
Have been going to the Bowgie almost every year for 30 years, sometimes several times in one holiday. Don't usually eat there, as we're generally passing through on a walk and only stop for a drink. We did eat there last week, though, and have a very mixed review to give. My vegetable lasange was lovely, seemed home-made and was very cheesy and filling. I've seen the size of the chips portions they do, so I particularly asked for a half portion, (which was readily supplied), and it was quite enough. The salad was nice, but rather spoiled by a mound of coleslaw bigger than Goose Rock in the bay outside! I don't mind a bit of coleslaw, but this heap dominated the meal and rather swamped it. We also ordered a pie and chips, which came with carrots and salad. Weird choice of veg. for a hot steak pie! Surely carrots and green beans would have made more sense. The pie crust was indeterminate - neither shortcrust nor flaky pastry - and not particularly nice. The pie filler was massively oversupplied with onions, which again dominated the whole dish. Not huge complaints, but rather took the edge off our enjoyment. Staff were pleasant and food arrived quickly but we thought it was expensive for what it was. The beer used to be naff at the Bowgie, but some years ago they learned how to keep a good pint and now they serve some lovely beers, well-kept and delicious. Wonderful views, love the retro surfing ambience of the pictures on the walls. Great place to watch sport, as there are big screens dotted about the bars... we've seen Spain win both the World Cup and the Euros there. Our kids were always welcome years ago, and our grandson also made very welcome in the last two years we've been with him. Sad to hear some families have had a bad experience, we've never felt unwelcome at the Bowgie, nor found any of the staff rude or offensive.
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