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Elphinstone Hotel Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 27 Restaurants in Biggar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $32
Cuisines: Scottish, Contemporary, International, British
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: A traditional Coaching Inn with 11 individual bedrooms, restaurant, lounge with an open fire, recently extended bar with log burner, function room and beer garden. Shortlisted in the Tourism Awards 2016 and awarded Taste our Best. Free WiFi throughout
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered chicken pakora starters bit well done looked burnt, had fish for main very small overcooked fish salad on the side not offered peas as option

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

Great pub, staff were friendly and helpful and the food was really good, dog was welcome too. Really nice afternoon with friends

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank shizzyb
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Reviewed December 1, 2019

Went in ,ordered the turkey dinner,wife had Lasagne.
Came to the table both piping hot ,best turkey dinner I’ve tasted (apart fromwifes of course duck )
Turkey dinner consisted of lovely tender juicy turkey,roast potatoes,carrots ,sprouts,brokili,cranberry sauce stuffing and bread sauce
Absolutely Delicious
Wife’s Lasagne came with salad leaves and garlic bread it was hot and delicious

After Apple Pie with caramel topping plus a dod of ice cream
Again good portion and a dod of Ice Cream delicious
Finished off with coffee and mint

Great food highly recommended it

Date of visit: December 2019
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Thank scottiepete
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Reviewed November 20, 2019

If you are out touring the best Southern Scotland has to offer, you are bound to develop a hearty appetite. Luckily, The Elphinstone has a hearty menu to take care of it. There are tables down in the traditional bar area and a separate restaurant a bit further back. The menu is an eclectic mix and there are many options, we could choose between the Specials, the A La Carte and the Sunday Roast menu. There was a who’s who of local suppliers, with the local greengrocer up the High Street, The Orchard, on fruit & veg duties, the local butcher William Ovens takes care of the meats and Ice Cream is from Taylors of Biggar. Errington Cheeses from just down the road are taking care of fromagerie. It is this local eco-system of suppliers that means that when you are choosing smaller independents you really are investing in the community. The choice was so broad we made some menu choices to deliberately test the contrast, looking for the simple comfort food, the traditional pub grub and the dishes that looked a little different. The team that looked after us for the evening really impressed. Again I think this was a local effort, with the towns youngsters working part-time jobs (reminding me of my first hospitality experiences twenty (ish) years ago) and doing fantastically. They were not only friendly, but spotted empty drinks glasses that needed refilled; were knowledgeable about the menu, willing and able to talk about the dishes; and were discreet with their delivering and clearing of plates. I’d have employed any of them in a heartbeat!

We went for a Sharing Platter to start. A reliable enough test of the ultimate easy eating, this is exactly the sort of thing I would order after a day out riding the motorbike, or walking the hills. Chicken Strips, Haggis Bon-Bons, a pile of nachos covered in melting cheese are staples for this sort of thing, but each was tasty and the Barbecue and Sweet Chilli Dips added additional flavour. This isn’t a test of the chefs skill, this is opening a bag and pouring the contents into the fryer, and yet still so many big brands manage to make a mess of it. I want simple, easy food, and this was perfect. Onion Rings made with actual rings of, yes you guessed it, Onion were a notch above the usual, and the Prawns with their Chilli and Mango kick where something completely different. This test of how well the kitchen does the basics was passed with flying colours. Simple, tasty, filling, three big ticks.

Main Course was a check of the homely – Steak & Ale Pie and something a bit different, a Braised Beef Cheek, something you won’t find on the menu of your usual identikit mass catering establishments. First off, both were excellent and generous. The meat in both cases was tender, the beef cheek you could have cut with a spoon, whilst the meat in the pie was genuinely melt in mouth stuff. The gravy in the pie was not short of ale, you were in doubt that several pints had been sacrificed in the stewing process. The red wine sauce accompanying the cheek cut through the richness of the meat, providing an almost fruity balance. The accompanying vegetables were again decent portions and included in the price, no sneaky sides need ordering here, the chef wants to be certain you don’t leave hungry. Fresh Carrots, Cauliflower and Broccoli, all still with a decent bite to them were exactly what you’d imagine them to be. Potatoes rounded out each dish, boiled with the pie, although chips were offered as an alternative along with the wonderful cheesy topped mash that came with the Beef Cheek. Every component was a showcase in taking decent high quality ingredients or products and then putting them on a plate with minimal fuss and maximum taste. This was text book comfort cooking.

Despite the chefs best efforts in filling us up, we were able to not only contemplate the dessert menu, but indulge. The Sundaes, with that really local ice cream were so tempting, they couldn’t really be passed by, but I was captivated by another of my all time favourites, the Sticky Toffee Pudding. We did not go disappointed. My STP was moist and light, drowning in a lake of toffee sauce. The vanilla Ice Cream cut through it perfectly, a welcome contrast of creaminess to the taste buds. When someone offers you an Apple Crumble in a glass you are right to be sceptical. This was such a good dessert I wish it had been mine! Warm chunks of apple, a sprinkling of crumble, lashings of toffee sauce and more of the Taylor’s Ice Cream all topped with cream, yup not healthy, not particularly elegant, but again exactly what you’d want from an Ice Cream Sundae.

Our three courses would have cost under £25 per person, which is excellent value for the sheer quantity of food provided, however this was also well cooked with the finest local produce. The service throughout was spot on and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. This was exactly the dinner I wanted, in the perfect environment after a busy day. Throw in some decently priced beers and the Elphinstone has absolutely nailed what its target market wants. From the number of locals filling the tables, it was obvious that the reputation of the Elphinstone’s kitchen is cemented locally, which again is a sign you're going to get a good meal. There may be more expensive, finer dining experiences to be had nearby, but for a decent, filling dinner at a great price I don't think the Elphinstone will be beaten.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 19, 2019 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to stay, warm clean comfortable rooms and fantastic staff who go the extra mile. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank katy h
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