Birthdays are very special occasions, a 60th birthday is all the more special. We were lucky enough to be invited by our dear friend to celebrate his birthday at The Collingwood Arms, Cornhill on Tweed.
I have had the privilege of dining at this venue on two previous occasions and have never been disappointed.
The country style entrance gives this hotel an immediate warm and welcoming atmosphere, the staff greet you in the entrance lounge and are very attentive without spilling over into intrusive. It is a great place for a relaxing meal for couples but also caters for groups or families as well.
As we were quite a large party we had the dining room to ourselves. The décor is stylish and sophisticated with wooden dining tables and comfortable upholstered chairs. The interior fills you with confidence as does the menu which is reasonably priced and offers a good selection for carnivores, fish eaters and vegetarians.
I ordered the Slow Braised Pork Belly with black pudding, apple sauce and pork jus. This dish I have to say was sheer bliss. The pork was so tender it melted in the mouth and the flavours of the black pudding, Apple sauce and jus blended together so well they tantalised the taste buds to brilliant effect.
For main I ordered Pan Seared Chicken Supreme, Black Kale, heritage carrots, roast potatoes with Dijon gravy – the chicken was deliciously succulent with superb presentation coupled with the flavoursome vegetables and crisp roast potatoes made this meal sheer perfection.
Everyone knows a good meal should always end with a moreish sweet treat. Well that’s my view anyway and I stick by it. The Collingwood offers a good selection of desserts which in my opinion will cater for a wide range of palates.
I ordered the Strawberry and White Chocolate Parfait with cocoa crumble, mini meringues and yogurt ice cream. This course did not fail to please, not only was it a delight to the eye the taste of the soft, cool strawberry parfait lingered on the taste buds leaving a refreshing aftertaste . The meringue and crumble and yogurt ice cream element of the dessert added a little bit of joy making this particular dish an irresistible combination.
I was not alone in my delight at the meal that was presented as all diners in our party were suitably impressed enough to say they would be recommending the restaurant to friends and relatives.