For many, joy is experienced through eating. I don’t know about you, but I love going out to eat! I love having good food prepared by a real chef and tasting new combinations of foods that I would have never thought of, or eating good well prepared comfort food. The enjoyment of eating is only enhanced when you share your mealtime with good friends.
So this week, Mr G, myself and two friends ventured out to visit The Collingwood Arms, Cornhill, just across the River Tweed from the Scottish border town of Coldstream. We decided to have our lunch in the brasserie. A very pleasant room set around the bar. The staff were very welcoming and we were very quickly presented with the menu.
There was a good selection of starters,mains and desserts which seemed to cater for a variety of palates. The group went for a few options. After some consideration I made my decision.
Starter – Crayfish in a Marie Rose sauce in a smoked salmon parcel served with small oat cakes
The dish was well presented and flavoursome. The crayfish were plentiful, which was just as well because they were the reason I ordered the dish. Overall very enjoyable.
The other starters ordered were:
Wild Boar Ravioli with Tomato Confit
Tempura King Prawns with Sweet Chilli and Ginger Dipping Sauce
For main I ordered Mushroom Stroganoff with Mustard Cream and Saffron Rice. The dish arrived and was very pleasing to the eye when placed on the table in front of me. It looked very colourful ( which surprised me, it made a great change from some other mushroom stroganoff dishes I have experienced). The taste did not disappoint, it was deliciously creamy, the mustard definitely enhanced the flavour of the mushrooms. I have to say this dish was the best mushroom stroganoff I have tasted in a long while
( Well done chef).
The other mains ordered were:
Sausage and Mash Creamed Potatoes, Savoy Cabbage and Onion Gravy
Beer Battered Fish and Chips Hand Cut Chips and Tartar Sauce
The dessert menu was basic but quite plentiful for a brasserie menu. I ordered
Sticky Toffee Pudding Salted Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream. ( As did two others on the table) You can’t go wrong with this homely pudding and it did not disappoint. It was a light date sponge with a not too rich caramel sauce. A pleasant end to a really nice lunch.
The other dessert ordered was:
Bakewell Tart Clotted Cream
All in all this fine border hotel serves cracking food served in a very pleasant atmosphere. Well worth a visit.