LANARK NEW MILL HOTEL
i chose this hotel because my partner was on business in the area and had always wanted to see New Lanark for its buildings and waterwheel. We originally booked for one night but stayed for two. This was still not enough time to take in all the attractions.
We share a love of fine stone buildings, mills, rivers and waterfalls and found New Lanark delightful. We spent a day walking round some of the buildings and attractions and we still have our pass to see the rest on our next visit. On Sunday morning we had a beautiful walk along the banks of the Clyde as far as Corra Lynn falls.
The reason I have only given it 4 stars is because of the food. It wasn’t uniformly bad, and I wouldn’t normally dwell on the negatives but I had to get this out of my system and perhaps the hotel will review its menus before we return. Please!
I had the Pickled Beetroot & Goats Cheese Crostini Toasted Pine Nut Dressing. Possibly the worst starter ever( I may have had worse, but thankfully any memory of it is well gone)
Served on a long plate there were three white blobs with three thin, white ovals on top and nearby, a caramel coloured syrup with pine nuts in it.
I started with one of the ovals; I’m guessing that these came out a box labelled ‘crostini’. As I bit into it it crumbled into powder.(the last time I tasted anything like this was twenty years ago, at a motorway stop: a dinner roll which I guessed was for display purposes only but was assured by the assistant was meant to be like that.)
I love crostini, crostini, as in thinly sliced stale French bread rubbed over on both sides with a raw garlic clove, and brushed with EV olive oil with finely chopped fresh herbs,(thyme rosemary parsley) seasoned with lots of freshly ground black pepper and a grind of sea salt then toasted in a 200oC oven for about 4 minutes, turning once.). I was so disappointed.
Next the three generous portions of white stuff: now they had flavour; they tasted exactly like ‘Philadelphia’ cream cheese. They had the texture of ‘Philadelphia’ cream cheese too. I suppose it takes a certain skill to extract all possible taint of goat from the cheese; then again, maybe it was just ‘Philly’?
Cutting into the mound of white stuff, at about 1mm above the plate my knife hit some resistance. I scraped off some of the philly and found a striped circle which I recognised as a slice of one of those fancy beetroots; this explained why there was no distinctive beetroot colour on the plate and maybe these beetroots had been specially bred to have no beetroot flavour or maybe this was again down to special flavour extraction skills of the chef.
When I read pickled beetroot I had expected to see beetroot, taste beetroot and taste aromatic vinegars and pickling spices. The only flavour I detected was a hint of dill (that would be the pickle then) halfway through my second mound.
Beetroot, goats’ cheese, pine nuts: I was curious to see how a chef would balance and link these ingredients and my imagination added a beautiful salad leaf garnish maybe radiccio? pea shoots? rocket? with the toasted pine nuts sprinkled over and a dressing with a little horseradish and mustard.
This dish disappointed every expectation: I cannot find anything good to say about this dish at all.- no- at least it didn’t have chorizo in it.
The only dish that we really enjoyed over the two nights was the beef cheeks where there was a balance between the main ingredient and its accompaniments.
However the location is a winner and surely the food will improve. The wine was good and reasonably priced for a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Lanark World Heritage Site is a truly unique setting. Surrounded by native woodlands and close to the famous Falls of Clyde, New Lanark was founded in 1785 as a cotton spinning village and became famous as the site of Robert Owen's pioneering social reforms. Now beautifully restored, New Lanark is both a living community and tourist attraction. New Lanark Mill Hotel is a stunning award winning conversion from an original 18th century mill. It offers fantastic views across the surrounding conservation area and River Clyde ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel New Lanark Mill
- New Lanark Mill Hotel Scotland