Sunday, 26 January 2014

Date Night at The Sun Inn (Midlothian)

Last night hubby and I went to our new favourite local, The Sun Inn. Nestled away on the A7 at Lothian Bridge the Sun Inn is a cosy and welcoming place to visit. The award-winning restaurant really does live up to its reputation - the food is excellent and the staff are great.

It was a freezing cold night and we were sat in front of a cosy log fire. Last time we visited we both had starters and were stuffed so we decided to share a starter this time (to leave room for pudding really!) and the choice was an easy one for us. A "bucket o Brie" - yes please! Beautifully presented in a little flower pot with fresh salad and a punchy redcurrent sauce, it was delicious - light crisp batter with golden gooey melted yummy-ness inside. 

It didn't take us long to devour! Next up, our main courses. Hubby opted for the curried lamb with puréed squash and I went for the chicken with Ayrshire ham and polenta. The lamb was devine - beautiful flavour and melt in the mouth. My chicken was tender and tasty.

The dessert menu spoilt us for choice which includes a soufflĂ© of the day. I went for a vanilla pod and honeycomb cheesecake with candied figs and hubby went for the classic sticky toffee pudding. We weren't disappointed! 

And to finish a nice coffee in a rather cool cup! 

With a little surprise at the bottom...

All washed down with a nice Pinot Noir, we walked home full and happy! Definitely our new favourite place and fab that its within walking distance for us. And Paige slept like a little angel for granny and grandad - phew!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Afternoon Tea at Carberry Tower

Paige's first afternoon tea took us to Carberry Tower in East Lothian, along with granny and some great friends. It was a miserable December afternoon with the rain lashing down as we pulled up outside the castle. A warm welcome awaited us and we were shown to our table in front of the log fire. A good start! 

A friendly waitress took our order of teas and coffees and shortly after we were presented with two of these huge platters - a feast! The waitress informed us they were trying out a new style of presenting the afternoon teas, rather than a traditional tiered cake stand and that they welcomed our feedback. Nice to be asked we thought and our feedback was that all the food was delicious but we felt a more traditional style was in keeping with the venue. 

So we tucked in and what a treat! Delicious open sandwiches with smoked salmon to name a few, followed by tartlets, scones and cakes. The real wow factor was the cute little milkshake bottles which we hadn't seen before. My favourite was the decadent chocolate brownie which was fudgy and yummy!

A beautiful venue for afternoon tea on a cold winters day and a real treat. I think Paige enjoyed it - she certainly enjoyed all the cuddles and attention! 

Melville Castle in Midlothian is our next stop! Blog to follow.