Relaxing waterfront pub doing almost 100 per cent Scotland-sourced food and drink, with an excellent whisky selection.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
With a farmer’s market now happening in the car park outside on a Saturday, this waterfront pub is a relaxing spot to head into for lunch afterwards, or a hand-warming flat white or Suchard hot chocolate on a cold day. Foodies will appreciate the seafood and shellfish from Sea Magee and Welch fishmongers – available in a large, show-off seafood platter (£30, and a good size for two sharing) or a more reasonable half pot of mussels and Dunsyre blue cream sauce, or battered Shetland scallops on a roll with tartare sauce. Half pint and full pint mugs of stovies, risotto Cullen skink and Lockerbie mature cheddar macaroni remain popular and good value filler-uppers, or there are chunky burgers and gourmet hot dogs too. Whisky fans will find their eyes popping at the selection of single malts behind the bar, and the selection of board games and Scrabble makes it a fun place to kill time.
- High point: Soaking up sun on the outside deck in the summer
- Low point: Rugby matches are a big thing here, be warned if you’re not a fan
- Notable dish: Pulled Borders beef brisket with whisky BBQ sauce and horseradish cream chips
- Private dining: 40 in the conservatory
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: 90s pop, classic rock
- Capacity: 150
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle