The Lairhillock Inn
Tucked away just off the Aberdeen to Banchory road, the Lairhillock is well worth seeking out. A 200 hundred year-old coaching inn with a log fire and candle-lit conservatory, the bar stocks a great selection of real ales and whiskies. As well as the location, the main draw is the food. Locally sourced beef, scallops, wild boar and venison are prime ingredients in multi award-winning dishes. Sipping a malt after dinner while you breathe in warm wood-smokey air is five star relaxation therapy available at the Lairhillock for the price of a dram.
There’s history stretching back over 200 years in this former coaching house. Dine in the inn or conservatory or drink in the cosy snug. The rustic atmosphere is heightened with an open fire in the middle of the dining room. The menu changes every three months and is supplemented by a daily specials board. Ingredients are sourced from local growers and suppliers, with salmon, fish, chicken and duck all smoked on the premises. Lairies gambas, available as a starter or main, is a must-try dish as is Lairies lasagne made with beef, venison and pork. There’s a children’s menu for under 12s, or half portions from the main menu are available.