No 1 The Bank
- Telephone 01738 622451
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–11pm.
- Food served Mon–Sun noon-2pm; 6–9pm
- Average price £22 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Website www.theparklandshotel.com
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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
The range and quality of dining options at Perth’s Parklands Hotel are a welcome rebuff to the notion that hotel restaurants are generally best avoided. The 15-room hotel boasts a lovely location overlooking the South Inch with views of Kinnoull Hill, while its proximity to the railway station makes it handy for visitors arriving by train to the UK’s newest city. The hotel’s head chef is Graeme Pallister, award-winning patron of the nearby 63 Tay Street. Menus at the Parklands reflect Pallister’s mantra of ‘local, honest, simple’ with ingredients sourced from local suppliers such as veteran seafood specialist George Campbell and Sons. Hotel bistro, No 1 The Bank, is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week in a bright, conservatory-style dining room with a wide-ranging menu that showcases Pallister’s command of classic British dishes enlivened with flavoursome condiments and dressings. These might include a main course of guinea fowl chasseur with smoked Morteau sausage and gremolata or steamed whole sea bream with soy, ginger and spring onions. Fine dining is also on offer at 63@Parklands (open Thursday–Monday 6–9pm), with a three-course menu for £35 while a new menu of light bites and bar meals can be perused on the pleasant terrace area at the front of the hotel. With all this plus an impressive wine list and even a small beer garden, the Parklands appear to have most of the foodie (and drinkie) bases covered.
- High point: Excellent range of options in pleasant surroundings
- Low point: Dragging yourself away from the terrace on a warm day
Overlooking Perth's South Inch Park, No 1 The Bank offers a varied menu with an emphasis on using local fresh produce in the dishes. As one of two dining experiences under one roof, this bistro is the more informal of the two, with no fuss, just good food and friendly efficient service. The food, prepared by Graeme Pallister and his team, consists of high quality dishes prepared in rustic but elegant style. Pre-dinner drinks can be taken in the bar whilst you are making your selection and you can take it easy on the terrace in the summer. Private dining is also available for a minimum of 10 diners. Casual and contemporary, this inviting conservatory-based restaurant is a laid-back area to meet and relax with friends or colleagues.
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- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 15
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Pop standards
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2003
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle