It's almost certainly too late for you guys to pick a venue for a Christmas night out, well at least for this year! But if you are planning a last minute get together and you are down Ayrshire way then Scott's offer a great experience. I know because Barney and I were treated to an amazing festive night out last week.
We were invited to the fab Scott's in Troon which had some cracking views over the harbour and the welcome was as warm as the fire in the fire burning in the hearth. We were introduced to the talented Craig Hogarth, who as Exec Chef for Scott's is responsible for the food not just in Troon, but also at the Scott's in Largs and their latest opening in South Queensferry. (Definitely one for a visit in the new year I reckon!)
Craig talked us through a fantastic seven courses of deliciousness to showcase the quality and variety of the dishes on offer. From seafood such as the beautiful Scallops and the perfect Prawns, through to a double cooked Goat's cheese soufflé.
There was a stupendous butternut squash soup, with a sly hint of spice just at the end of each spoonful. You'd expect turkey at a Christmas dinner and we were not disappointed, wrapped in bacon, and served with all the trimmings this was without doubt the best turkey dinner I've had this year. No dried out meat and boring sprouts to be had here.
If this wasn't enough a slice of steak heaven was then presented. This delicious cut of picanha was beautifully cooked and the world's smallest onions rings were absolutely divine.
This was followed up with a wee taste of dessert, a slither of cheesecake and a slice of sponge pudding which was again absolutely delicious.
Oh, did I mention the Shackleton Whisky. No? How remiss of me, this beautiful blend of over 20 malts, (discovered under ice, served over it!) was a perfect end to the perfect evening. A great wee nightcap recreating the flavour of a century old bottle frozen in time in the Antarctic.
Could I fault Scott's?
The food. No.
The service. Definitely not.
The atmosphere. No chance.
If I can be really picky the only problem with the whole evening is that there aren't really enough days in December to go back and eat there again...
Luckily there's always next year!