This was my first time eating at the restuarant at the Lochside House Hotel, however my family come here on a regular basis. I am wheat free, and I was dissapointed to find that they don't display their menu on their website becasue I like to know if I am able to eat anything before I arrive - although I imagine that they may change it on a regular basis and this could be why?
The hotel itself is in a lovely location, overlooking the loch (which we couldnt see becasue it was dark and wet) but during the day I imagine it is a lovely view. The hotel is also decorated to a high standard.
The waiting staff were attentive and I asked a few questions about whether various items had wheat and whether I could substitue things on the menu. The head chef came out to see me - Nicola Irving - and explained that she could change things for me so I could have what I wanted. I said I would like the chicken Fajitas but obviously can't eat the wheat wraps, so I was asking about the chips - which were unfortunately not wheat free - but Nicola suggested she could make me some wedges, which was great, and said if there was anything else they could do then they would. Which was a nice touch.
We all had 3 courses, and there was 5 of us. So we tried a lot of food on the menu! 2 lots of Chicken Tempura, 1 haggis stack, I had the goats cheese grilled from the Specials menu and another had the goats cheese brushetta, all were to a high standard. Mains were Chicken Korma, 2 fillet steaks and the venison sausage and mash, plus my fajitas and wedges. Steaks were perfectly done, and my fajitas were very tasty.
Deserts were 2x Sticky toffee pudding, 1 creme brulee, and 1 ice cream, I had the rasperry ripple sundae, which was really really good. The ice cream tasted like it said it would with plently of flavour - we tried the salted caramel and the cinnamon.
We also sampled some of the cocktails, the Lochside Cooler was a favourite of mine but the Basil Grande also was a hit for those that like something a little less sweet.
Overall, this was a great first experience of the hotel, and we'll no doubt be back for special occasions. I do think that Nicola - the head chef that was on that night deserves special recognition for making me feel that I could eat something safely and that it was no hassle for her to prepare something different as it so often is in other places.
Definately worth a visit.
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