The Sorn Inn
- Telephone 01290 551305
- Bar open Tue–Thu noon–2.30pm, 6–10pm; Fri noon–2.30pm, 6pm–midnight; Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–10pm. Closed Mon.
- Food served Tue–Fri noon–2.30pm; 6–9pm; Sat noon–9.30pm; Sun 12.30–7.30pm. Closed Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Fri 6–7pm
- Average price £11.95 (set lunch); £26 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £13.95
- Website www.sorninn.com
Ayrshire village restaurant with rooms, showcasing chef-patron Craig Grant's accessible and upmarket Scottish-inspired dishes.
This review is taken from the 2013 edition.
For out-of-towners it’s a find, for locals it’s a given. Regardless of the factors involved in getting there, the Sorn Inn is well worth the trip and the numerous awards that adorn its walls. Chef and owner Craig Grant has put together a menu that reflects creativity and a passion for fresh, seasonal local ingredients. The staff have an infectious enthusiasm that elevates the simple country pub surroundings to a different level. A starter of smoked haddock risotto balls with quail’s egg, apple salad and curry mayonnaise dances on the tongue, while a flavoursome lentil soup holds a steady beat. Mains include venison bourguignonne with parsley pasta and bacon foam and, for the vegetarians, spiced aubergine and olive strudel with mint cous cous and tomato chutney. The specials are always worth checking out – Grant has a wonderful way with calves’ liver – and the steaks don’t disappoint. Stick around for dessert and dig into the banana and pecan nut bread pudding or the waffles and ice cream with butterscotch sauce.
- High point: Inventive menu
- Low point: Cramped car park
This justifiably popular restaurant, with both locals and visitors to the Ayrshire area, is situated in the small village of Sorn. You’ll find a warm welcome from staff, and with four rooms available there’s the option to stay over. Chef and owner Craig Grant places a firm emphasis on Scottish produce and seasonality, sourcing the freshest of ingredients locally or from further afield in Scotland. Choose from a mix of fine-dining and brasserie-style food, with a daily specials board offering added interest. Menus feature a range of classic dishes, given a modern take by Grant, whose food is wholesome and the portions generous. The carefully considered dishes are changed to reflect the seasons and the chef's commitment to using the freshest of ingredients. There’s a range of popular classics and options include cuts such as beef ribs, pork belly and chump of lamb, hearty but cooked and presented in a contemporary style. There’s a nod to comfort food with pub favourites such as real ale battered fish and chips along with mum’s steak pie, creamy mashed potatoes and buttered cabbage. The chargrill menu offers a range of steaks and gourmet burgers with an appealing selection of sides. Food is served either in the relaxed and welcoming dining room or in the adjacent Chop House.
The Sorn Inn is located in the lovely Ayrshire village of Sorn, convenient for local shoots in season and fishing on the River Ayr with fishing permits available locally. We are also in comfortable driving distance of all the world famous links golf courses on the Ayrshire coastline, such as Royal Troon, Turnberry, Prestwick and Gailes. Our most convenient airport is Prestwick only 30 minutes by car and Glasgow Airport is 45 minutes by car.We feature in the Michelin 2011 Red Guide with the distinction of a 'Bib Gourmand' which we have held for 6 years. We also feature in the Michelin 'Eating Out in Pubs and Inns Guide' with a distinction of 2011 Inspectors ChoiceWe are now featuring a completely new style of menu, a fusion of fine dining and brassiere style food available both in the Chop House and Restaurant, using the best seasonal and local fresh ingredients available.
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- Private dining: Up to 15 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 4
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 44
- Largest group: 55
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £14 per bottle