I know you see me snapping away food shots on my Instagram quite regularly (especially when we are in Edinburgh), but there is a very limited number of restaurants that makes it on the blog and the reason is simple, if it’s not a good one, I will never tell you about it! BUT, this is not the case with Kildrummy Inn, it is one of our favourite restaurants in the countryside and so it deserves its little spot on Natbee’s. Today I am excited to introduce you to this place since it holds great memories for us, it is the place we celebrated Steven’s 28th birthday and where we toasted Mark’s and Susan’s 31st wedding anniversary on Wednesday!
Hidden in Aberdeenshire lies this old 19th century cottage that is now one of the best restaurants (not to say THE BEST) in the area. There is a small but perfectly formed menu that covers every taste, ideal for those who don’t want to get lost in a list of dishes and order something that they are unsure of the taste. David, the chef at Kildrummy Inn (who also happens to be one of the owners), knows very well how to combine flavours and so every single time we visit I feel safe in his hands and order whatever is on the menu with my eyes closed. And same goes to the rest, but this time since it was such a special occasion it was left to Mark and Susan to discuss about the menu and help us with the main course while me and Steven watched hungrily.
Nigel, the other owner (did I say that the restaurant is owned by two brothers-in-law and their wives?) presents you with warm out of the oven, fluffy buns and fluffy butter mixed with some herbs, and water until you make your food decision. Melted butter on warm bread is heaven on Earth, so how could we resist?
We got some drinks before ordering food, lagers for the boys and a bottle of white Californian wine from the Napa Valley for me and Susan.
Naturally I went for the soup of the day, that was cream of mushrooms and the rest went for the salmon presse, that was pieces of salmon all pressed together to form a box of deliciousness, served with quail’s eggs, capers and cucumber!
We got stuck into grown ups conversation about the art displayed in the room, how talented the chef must be to present all these delicious dishes and how lucky we are to have this gem of a restaurant on our doorstep. Fuelled by mini palette surprises, the soup for everyone and a scoop of lime sorbet for me, that kept us anticipating in between courses.
Nigel told me that it is quite strong but since I had the soup as a starter that is the only thing he could offer, and it was brilliant! So refreshing and just what I needed to clear my palette before proceeding onto the next dish…
…which came exactly a few minutes later. Wave after wave Nigel served us the dishes, the plates were very hot, keeping the food in a warm temperature and making the food feel even more hearty.
I got the falafel, chickpea and lemon cakes with a moreish dip of red peppers served with wilted greens and pieces of turnips and carrots.
Steven and Susan got the lamb, that was slices of meat smothered in gravy served with potatoes and green beans…Frightening delicious!
Mark got the salmon fillet served with haddock Scots eggs (quite a thing) and greens. It was banging, juicy and delightful. While everyone dug in their dishes I got my camera and started shooting away on everyone’s happy, eating faces.
We ordered another bottle of wine, red this time, and it was the best kind of quencher for the lamb dishes. After demolishing our food we ordered a few coffees with hot milk aside, and two almond tarts with rhubarb sauce and malted ice-cream for desserts. I was already full by that time so I just got a nibble from Steven’s dish, and boy was it brilliant! It was served with caramelised peanuts and the ice-cream was the best kind of ice-cream I’ve ever had.
We slurped on our coffees with a fair bit of OOOh’s along the way as we are all coffee lovers and appreciate a good cup of black coffee. Mark and Susan are in the process (Aka Amazon search every night) of buying a new coffee machine at the moment, so any advice would be much helpful.
^ ^ It’s fair to say the couple enjoyed their 31st wedding anniversary a lot. ^ ^
If you are a good, Scottish food aficionado , then book a table at Kildrummy Inn today. Nigel has some cracking jokes to share and you can always just go and prop up the bar. Ask him about his bikes and discuss over a pint or two, he loves to share his opinions.