26th October 2017
Top 5 Gourmet Getaways
Foodies delight, as we’ve compiled 5 top spectacular spots for gourmet getaways across the UK. Find fine-dining in some of the most stunning locations, from rural retreats to coastal escapes. Michelin stars, AA Rosettes, these restaurants are positively glistening in culinary accolades.
1. Knockinaam Lodge, Portpatrick
1 Michelin Star, 3 AA Rosettes
Discover a truly exceptional experience when dining at the beautiful Knockinaam Lodge in Portpatrick. Award-winning Executive Chef Tony Pierce boasts a glittering array of awards for his culinary talents, it’s no wonder he’s held onto the Michelin star at the hotel for 22 years. In addition to this exceptional accolade, the restaurant has been awarded an incredible 3 AA rosettes. All ingredients are locally sourced (often from the hotels own garden), and are handcrafted daily. From the baked breads, to jams and petit fours, every detail is lovingly considered. Staff are attentive but relaxed, and will go above and beyond to cater for your every need. To set the mood for such an indulgent experience, the elegant restaurant makes for an incredibly romantic setting. Set in a remote location, enjoy unspoiled views from the restaurant looking out onto the Irish Sea, quite the feast for all your senses.
2. Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa, Alnwick
2 AA Rosettes
Set in a stunning private estate, the Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa hosts a most refined restaurant, ideal for a celebratory feast whatever the occasion. Expect the highest standards when it comes to cuisine, with only the freshest ingredients used in the seasonal menu. The award-winning George Runciman Restaurant is opulent with high ceilings and a roaring fire, perfect for wintery night dining. Guests can enjoy an indulgent lunch, dinner and for a leisurely feast, treat themselves to the famous Sunday Lunch, a top choice with residents of the hotel and locals alike. Feeling peckish? Indulge in a scrumptious Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s decadent lounge, and work your way through tiers of delicate sandwiches, cream scones and sweet treats, a popular option after a morning spent in indulgent The Aqueous Spa.
3. Thainstone House, Inverurie
2 AA Rosettes
Thainstone House is a stunning 18th century mansion house set in 44 acres of beautiful woodland, where you will feel a million miles away from hustle and bustle of everyday life. The hotel offers incredible dining options, with the 2 AA Rosette winning Green Lady restaurant, steak-lovers favourite Stockman’s, or for daytime indulgence, the delicious lounge menu can be enjoyed in the Club Room, Lounge or Gallery. The Green Lady offers the ultimate in fine-dining experiences, with dramatic high ceilings, elegant décor, dimmed chandelier lighting, it’s the perfect place to enjoy your gastronomic experience by candlelight. Stockman’s is the spot for meaty delights such as steaks, burgers and daily specials, all fired up on the Spanish Josper grill. Expect the same high level of service and quality in cuisine, just in a more relaxed setting. Locally sourced produce is of the upmost importance, and the kitchen team work closely with suppliers such as John Davidson butchers in Inverurie and Turriffs of Montrose for the freshest fruit and veg to ensure only the finest foods are served.
4. Macdonald Crutherland House Hotel
2 AA Rosettes
Only half an hour from Glasgow city centre, the Macdonald Crutherland House Hotel lies in 37 stunning acres of Scottish countryside. At the hotel, the 2 AA Rosette restaurant has a sense of grandeur with the classic paintings decorating the walls, candlelit tables and refined ambience. Expect British produce at it’s best, with only sustainable fish served and top quality beef hung for a minimum of 21 days. The menu offers classic Scottish cuisine with a contemporary twist and changes regularly to reflect the seasonal local produce. For a truly memorable experience, treat yourself to an indulgent Afternoon Tea in the cocktail bar and lounge, which is expertly crafted by the award-winning chefs, or mix it up and create your own bespoke version and pick your favourite combination. The lounge offers a relaxed dining atmosphere and the delectable food and drinks can be enjoyed from the comfy and cosy couches, or alfresco on the beautiful terrace.
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5. Lochgreen House Hotel, Troon
3 AA Rosettes
The 5 star Lochgreen House Hotel is situated in the quaint coastal town of Troon, known for its sandy beaches and exceptional sea views. The 3 AA Rosette award-winning Kintyre Restaurant is an elegant and luxurious setting, with the glittering chandeliers, crisp table linens and high vaulted ceilings. The kitchen serves up carefully crafted, contemporary dishes, using innovative ingredients and cooking methods to create an unforgettable experience. Sourcing only the finest local produce in Ayrshire, the restaurant offers great value in a sensational gourmet experience. Guests have additional choices of dining, from the more casual Brodick Restaurant to the Drawing Room where you can enjoy light bites and Lochgreen’s famous Afternoon Tea in a cosy setting. Look out onto the manicured lawns, the Royal Troon Championship Golf Course and soak up the sensational views of the Ayrshire in this stunning setting.