A Night at the Elphinstone Hotel

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.

The Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar

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!

Hot smoked salmon and prawn salad

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.

Dinner at the Elphinstone

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?

Full Scottish Breakfast

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.

Full Scottish Breakfast

A Meal at Yamato

Long time no see!

I hope you’ve been enjoying my latest Instagram posts, but I thought I should start updating this blog more often as well for those who’d like to read up some more on my foodie adventures.

Let’s dive straight in…

Last month I was kindly invited to try out Yamato, an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant in Tollcross . I’d previously heard positive feedback from other bloggers, and having done some serious Insta-stalking of my own, was super excited to try out the menu full of mouth-watering dishes!

Yamato

Yamato

A classy little place tucked away down an unsuspecting city centre backstreet, Yamato truly is a hidden gem.

Buckwheat noodles

Buckwheat soba noodles

My friend and I ended up with a veritable feast to work our way though: we ordered a dragon roll (sushi roll with tempura prawn and avocado), chicken gyoza, spicy seared tuna, seaweed salad, miso soup, miso grilled aubergine, salmon sashimi, scallop sashimi, grilled scallop nigiri, fatty salmon belly nigiri and buckwheat soba noodles.

Yamato

What a spread!

The sushi was absolutely divine and some other personal favourites of mine were the seared tuna, scallop nigiri and chicken gyoza.

Miso aubergine

Miso aubergine

Perhaps not the place to go if you’re on a budget (our order totalled around £70) but Yamato certainly offers a wide variety of excellent quality, freshly prepared Japanese cuisine and I thoroughly enjoyed everything we had the chance to sample.