I was recently invited to stay a night at the Elphinstone Hotel in Biggar: unfamiliar with the small South Lanarkshire town, this felt like a great opportunity for my boyfriend and I to take some time out to relax and enjoy new surroundings. Admittedly I’m much more of a “city person” in general, but this humble coaching inn was not without its own unique charm.
Our en-suite room was comfortable and cosy, if a tad retro.
The Elphinstone serves a wide variety of pub grub and I must say we were both impressed with how good the food was. I had the hot smoked salmon and prawn salad and Dhillon ordered the beef burger with haggis. We shared a side of some of the biggest, juiciest onion rings I’ve ever seen, and from having tried a mouthful of the burger, it was obviously made using proper quality locally sourced ingredients. Same goes for the generous flakes of smoked salmon atop my tasty salad – moist, full of flavour and all in all, truly excellent stuff!
Sadly we were too full for desserts but service was friendly and attentive and although the decor was perhaps not exactly the most modern or aesthetically pleasing, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.
After a pleasant night’s sleep it was time to see what the Elphinstone had to offer in terms of breakfast! My one criticism of this B and B experience would be that breakfast was only served between 7.30-9am which felt – for us at least – a tad on the early side, especially for those on their holidays. (Check out was 10.30am for context).
However, in the end we just about managed to stumble, bleary-eyed, downstairs to a surprisingly deserted dining room…perhaps the typical holidaymakers visiting Biggar are rather more up-and-at-em than me?
A slightly cold reception from our seemingly peeved waiter didn’t stop us from ordering a couple of full Scottish breakfasts:
So often I find processed meat products rather unappealing, but once again the ingredients used here tasted like proper local produce and a far cry from the mass-produced, greasy, bland, barely-pork products lining supermarket shelves and clogged arteries of many Scots!
My fry-up included pork sausage, lorne sausage, bacon, black pudding, haggis, baked beans and fried egg, complete with a tattie scone. The works! Just right in terms of portion size too.
It’d been years since I last had a traditional meaty fry up and I’m pleased to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks to everyone at the Elphinstone for a lovely stay.