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Modish restaurant making use of local, seasonal produce and foraged ingredients. The £12.95 lunch menu is excellent value
Founder and chef Paul Wedgwood’s plan was simple: create an unpretentious space where imagination, ingredients and great cooking are at the fore. Since opening in 2007, he’s achieved just that.
There’s a lovely relaxed feel here, from the contemporary décor to the modern Scottish menu. By day, there’s a buzz about the place, as professionals, tourists, and locals happily lounge over the lunch menu. By night, it’s all a bit more intimate, the downstairs space taking on renewed life, as faithful customers head in.
If asked, clued up staff take time to chat about the provenance of what’s arriving on the plate. Some of the more unusual ingredients are foraged locally by Paul himself.
It’s a bit indulgent, sure, but the ‘Deciding Time’ option – a glass of champagne and amuse bouche selection – is a perfect way to peruse the menu and begin the dining experience in style.
The dinner menu is rich in choice, with signature dishes like lobster thermidor crème brûlée among the popular choices. We opt instead for the diver-caught king scallops, followed by a succulent serving of venison. For dessert, it had to be the sticky toffee pudding with Caol Ila whisky butterscotch.
The lunch portions are decidedly smaller, but at £12.95 for two courses represent exceptionally good value and a great chance to experience some of the Wedgwood charm without fully pushing the boat out.