After eating no chocolate last year - and therefore not having chocolate cake on my birthday for the first time EVER, that I can recall - I was determined to have chocolate cake on my birthday this year, especially as I was spending it in my favourite holiday destination, Scotland.
Coul House Hotel, recommended to us by the owner of the cottage where we are staying, exceeded my expectations, in more than the chocolate cake department.
After a delicious lunch elsewhere, I thought I'd barely have room for 2 courses at dinner, and certainly not three. However, after seeing the Coul House Hotel menu, I decided that as this birthday would only happen once, (as all birthdays do, but unfortunately not all of mine can be in Scotland!), I would stretch to three courses.
The appetiser, lamb stovies, (not sure about the spelling), were similar to very up-market pasties - and that's no faint praise. They were tasty without being over-whelming and were accompanied by a delicious beetroot relish - and I'm not normally a beetroot fan.
My main course of venison was served with turnip fondant and a delightfully named vegie 'cake', but I can't recall the exact name. The jus and plum puree that came with the venison finished it off to perfection.
The service was friendly without being obsequious.
Even though it was not on the wine list, when I asked about a glass of champagne, (as I only wanted one), a French one was suggested, which was another example of the thoughtful service.
I was determined to have dessert and managed to fit it in.......just!
Flour-less chocolate cake may not sound too inspiring, but the name was the only thing that was remotely ordinary about the dessert this chef prepared - and I do apologise for not remembering his name.
They knew it was my birthday and the presentation was the chocolate on the plate - similar to icing on the cake, but only better, as it was chocolate!
If you would like a special meal, freshly prepared and memorable in all aspects, I would definitely recommend Coul House Hotel.
Happy eating! Jay2000
PS I would like to insert a photo of my dessert, but can't work out how to do it!