Having the city on our doorstep can often mean that we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to dining. With the latest concept restaurants, BBQ pulled pork joints and contemporary Scottish cuisine being served up a mere hop, skip and a jump (and sometimes even less than that!) away, it’s not very often that we venture out of Glasgow for a Sunday lunch. But a few weeks ago, we were celebrating some good news and spending the day with La Familia, which called for a day out at the seaside and a meal in a more unique setting…
Beaches in Scotland are a little different to the sunkissed sands you see in movies. With bracing winds and freezing water, you better pack that blanket along with your bucket and spade! We enjoyed visiting some of the blustery, but busy (us Scots aren’t going to let an icy gale spoil our Summer, right?) beaches in Troon and Prestwick before heading to the Troon Yacht Haven, to have a bite to eat at Scotts Bar & Restaurant.
Situated right on the marina, one of the main attractions of Scotts is the stunning view of the Ayrshire coast (on a clear day you can see the Isle of Arran). We were delighted to have a table on the popular terrace, which boasts the best view and has full length windows looking out onto all of the boats (top tip: book one of these tables in advance if you can, we did and thankfully avoided the queue of people waiting to get into the terrace). Big boats, little boats, traditional boats, fancy boats…sitting for an couple of hours in Scotts will certainly have you seriously considering a nautical lifestyle!
When we arrived, the place was buzzing with activity and the staff were clearly kept busy! I admired the stylish, relaxed interior as we were shown to our table After umm-ing and ahh-ing over the starters, I finally settled on the prawn and hot smoked salmon tian – it only seemed right that I should try some seafood, given the setting. It tasted super fresh and was light enough to make me excited for the next course. Gary ordered the timbale of haggis (pictured above), which was served stacked with champit potatoes, turnip, cream and Arran mustard sauce. Heavenly, I was assured!
Between courses, we browsed Scotts’ impressive mocktail menu and picked out some speciality drinks. Gary’s Spiced Cherry Soda tasted of bubblegum, cherry and spices and my zingy, bright Pink Lemonade was the perfect drink on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Next time, I’ll be trying the Apple & Cranberry Collins…
It was the end of a very busy week, and I was craving some comfort food. Good thing Scotts had me covered with their hearty three cheese macaroni which came topped with a light crumb and served with a fresh slice of garlic bread. It was just what I wanted – practically an edible hug! Being a Sunday and all, Gary opted for one of the roasts on the menu: a slow-cooked rump of beef served with Yokshires and roasted vegetables. The totally clean plate at the end of the meal suggested that it tasted as good as it looked.
Still admiring the view from the window, we ordered desserts. Ever the chocolate fiend, I couldn’t resist the chocolate fudge cake, which was served warm and gooey (just as chocolate cake should be!) with cool Chantilly cream and vanilla ice cream. Yum! The Belgian waffles were clearly a popular choice (not just in our party), and looked delicious (too good to share, I would assume..)!
After polishing off our desserts and the last of the “if we had a boat…” conversations, our Sunday lunch came to an end. We left Scotts feeling utterly stuffed and ready for another (albeit much slower) walk around the beach.
It was great to enjoy the more relaxed pace of a day at the coast and have a lovely meal together. Be sure to check out Scotts if you’re in Troon for the day – a sailor cap is optional! Where are your favourite places to visit outside of the city?
With seashells, seafood and Sunday roasts,
Miss West End Girl x