Food & Adventures

Monday, 5 August 2019

Food and Drink around Loch Lomond


We love travelling to Scotland and visit often, this year we spent a week at a lodge near Loch Lomond. As always food was a big part of our trip. We were staying at Cameron Lodges for a thing Mrs. Cool was doing for North East Family Fun. There are loads of places for some good food and drink near the Loch and these are the ones we visited.

The Lodges we stayed at were part of a Golf Course, Hotel and Spa Resort, The Golf Clubhouse has a restaurant and this is where we had our first evening meal. Mrs. Cool started with Smoked Scottish Salmon, she said it was amazingly fresh tasting and was perfect with a squeeze of lemon. For her main Mrs. Cool went for salmon again, this time a cooked filet of salmon. This dish was deliciously moist with incredible crispy skin.
For my starter I went for Haggis Bon Bons (rude not to when in Scotland). These are brilliant and the red onion chutney was the perfect relish. For my main I went for the Sirloin Steak (cooked Medium Rare). The steak was delicious and especially the rind of fat (which is my favourite part).
The Kids menu was pretty standard fare. The Boys went with Cheese burgers but there weren't any vegetarian options Heidi liked so she ended up with a portion of chips. The desserts were pretty good though. We ended up splitting Waffles with Ice Scream and Chocolate fudge cake between us. Both were amazing. 
We took a trip into Luss, which is town on Loch Lomond. The town is so nice and reminded us of Holy Island in Northumberland. There is a pier you can walk along that goes right out into the loch. As it was a hot day there were a few groups of teenagers taking turns jumping from the Pier into the Loch. If I'd had a change of clothes I would have jumped in too. There is a little is a little coffee shop that serves Ice Cream and we stopped here to have an ice cream.
Also on Luss we stopped at the Coach House Coffee Shop. This was a lush little nook with some outside seating and serving sandwiches, cakes and tray bakes. The sandwiches are pretty epic, made out of these impressive stokies (like a Scottish Stottie). Mrs. Cool had this cheese sandwich, and they don't scrimp on the cheese and they use a strong mature cheddar, I went for tuna mayo but felt it could have done with some slices of cucumber as well but it was still lush. The kids went for something a bit sweeter. Heidi had this lemon cake and the boys went for the Smartie Brownie everyone was very impressed.
Just over the road from where we were staying was a farm shop selling the usual produce you find. We stocked up on some supplies for our breakfasts. I was particularly impressed with these freshly baked sourdough loaves.
I love whisky and scotch is my favourite, I usually drink Glenmorangie and have recently converted Mrs. Cool to enjoy a tipple. As a treat Mrs. Cool booked us on a tour of the Glengoyne Distillery, Apparently Glengoyne pretty much invented the way modern Scotch is made (Single Malt anyway). The tour is very interesting for any Scotch Aficionados and the gift shop is chock full of varieties that Glengoyne make. I treated myself to a gift box that included a small bottle each of 12 year old, 15 year old and 18 year old scotch. We've already finished the 12 year old and I'm looking forward to us trying the others.
The final meal of our stay was at The Boathouse which is literally on the Bonny, Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond. This was my favourite meal, not just the food but also the setting. We had a table outside overlooking the loch. The kids were playing by the shore skimming stones and there was a giant chess board (although this lead to a few arguments). The Kids all ordered the 'Make your own Pizza'. They love doing this and Heidi was especially please with how her Sweetcorn pizza turned out. Mrs. Cool ordered the Mussels which came in a Garlic and Wine Sauce and said these were excellent. I ordered the Chicken Supreme which came with Fondant Potato, Vegetables and the most amazing meaty gravy, for dessert we shared a chocolate cheesecake.

We're already planning our next trip to Scotland and can't wait to try some more Scottish foodie treats. Have you been to Loch Lomond? Are there any places you suggest we try next time we visit?

Well, that's all for now.

S

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  1. Have to say I REALLY want to go to Loch Lomond after seeing your adventures, it looks beautiful!

    That Smarties Brownie took me right back to my childhood, Mum used to make something very similar for our birthday parties! Might actually see if she'll make a tray next time I'm home!

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    1. it was such a lush trip. I can't wait for us to go back.

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