Two Fat Ladies at the Marine Hotel

Two Fat Ladies at the Marine Hotel
8 Crosbie Road, Troon, South Ayrshire, KA10 6HE
  • Telephone 01292 676220
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 5.30pm–10pm; Sat 12.30pm–3pm, 5.30pm–10pm; Sun 12.30pm–9pm
  • Average price £16.50 (set lunch); £24 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £16.50
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  • Website twofatladiesrestaurant.com/marine
Two Fat Ladies at the Marine
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.

Each progression of Ryan James’s popular Glasgow restaurant group has been an upscaling, from the first informal diner at 88 Dumbarton Road (hence the name) to the smart city centre spot and on to the venerable Buttery – with its associated basement bistro the Shandon Belles. And now the Two Fat Ladies have ascended again, heading to the seaside and settling in at the impressive Marine Hotel in Troon. Impeccable sourcing and attention to detail characterises all that the Two Fats do in Glasgow, and no less by the sea where head chef Andrew Beattie, who honed his skills at the Buttery, oversees a tempting menu of ultra-fresh ingredients, simply and skilfully cooked with fine-dining flourishes. Dishes range from creamy Cullen skink and buttery scallops with black pudding sharpened by a raspberry vinaigrette to simple flash-dried halibut bolstered by parmesan mash with lobster bisque, and velvety pigeon breasts with a mulled game jus. Sweet dishes can be enjoyed as a sharer in the 'grand dessert', offering pretty miniature versions of enjoyable treats such as iced dark chocolate parfait and warm clootie dumpling. The food is accompanied by four-star surrounds, with decorative nods to other Two Fats venues in a fishy frieze and metallic bird ornaments brightening up smart-linen tables. And, of course, there is an inspiring vista across the famous golf links out to those all-important West Coast waters.

  • High point: A worthy setting for top-quality dining
  • Low point: West Coast weather can obscure the fine view
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The popular Glasgow restaurant group The Two Fat Ladies is well established in Glasgow, with their informal West End diner at 88 Dumbarton Road (hence the name), smart city centre spot and the venerable Buttery – with its associated relaxed basement bistro the Shandon Belles. But now the Two Fat Ladies have travelled 'doon the water' to the seaside, settling in at the grand Marine Hotel in Troon. Impeccable sourcing and attention to detail characterises all that the Two Fats do in Glasgow, and no less by the sea where a tempting menu of ultra-fresh ingredients, simply and skilfully cooked are delivered with fine-dining flourishes. Dishes range from creamy Cullen skink and mackerel tartare to mains of baked fillet of cod, chorizo and chickpea stew or lamb with a sharp redcurrant and rosemary jus. Sweet dishes might include toasted coconut bavarois or dark chocolate and praline marquise. The food is accompanied by four-star surrounds, with decorative nods to other Two Fats venues in a fishy frieze and metallic bird ornaments brightening up smart-linen tables. And, of course, there are views of the famous golf links opening out to those all-important West Coast waters.

  • No. overnight rooms: 89
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Open since: 2013
  • House wine: £18.45 per bottle