Christmas at the Boclair House Hotel : Review

Boclair House Hotel
100 Milngavie Road,
Bearsden. Glasgow. G61 2TQ.

T : 0141 942 4278
e : enquiries@boclairhousehotel.co.uk

w: www.boclairhousehotel.co.uk

Date Of Visit : Sunday 25th December 2016

Boclair House Hotel Christmas Lights

So this years family Christmas dinner was spent at the Boclair House Hotel, I had only been here just the once and it was for a family members funeral so it was nice to come back and have a nice happy event and meal.

 

The Menu : 

Christmas Day Menu

STARTERS

  • Trio of Scottish Salmon With a leek terrine, beetroot cured and hot smoked rillette. Served with braised leek and caviar
  • Duck Liver, Orange and Whiskey Parfait : Red onion marmalade, textures of beetroot with ciabatta wafer
  • Twice Baked Lanark Blue Cheese and Walnut Souf é (v) Poached mulled wine baby pear and toasted almond salad
  • Ayrshire Chicken, Pistachio and Foie Gras Terrine Pickled cucumber and apricot chutney

INTERMEDIATE

Parsnip and Honey Soup (v) : Rosemary and garlic crumb

MAIN COURSE

  • Traditional Roast Turkey : Roast potatoes, vegetables, chipolatas with sprouts and turkey jus
  • Lightly Spiced Monk fish Tail : Braised puy lentils, cauliflower fritters with crisp pancetta and citrus dressing
  • Seared Medallions of Prime Scottish Beef Fillet Dauphinoise potato, truffle scented mushrooms and madeira jus
  • Wild Mushroom, Leek and Spinach Wellington (v) Confit new potato, shallot purée and herb dressing

SWEETS

  • Traditional Christmas Pudding : Courvoisier brandy sauce
  • Clementine and Nutmeg Crème Brûlée : Orange scented biscotti biscuits
  • Sugar Coated Brioche Doughnuts : “Jack Daniel’s Honey” chocolate dipping sauce
  • Selection of Scottish Cheese : Grapes, biscuits and celery with winter fruit compote

Freshly brewed tea & coffee with festive mince pies

Adults £85 | Children £29.95

Visit from Santa & free gift for every child

 

Everyone knows that when you go out for Christmas dinner its never going to be perfect, it’s a very busy day for the location and staff so something has to go wrong….well most of the time.

My Starter : 

Duck Liver, Orange and Whiskey Parfait
“Red onion marmalade, textures of beetroot with ciabatta wafer”

Duck Liver, Orange and Whiskey Parfait

For me you can’t really go wrong with pate unless your one of those people who prefer smooth over chunky, I like both so am ok.

This was very nice, the pate was full of flavour and I really enjoyed it.

What I do hate but this applies to every restaurant that does pate is, you always get more pate than what it comes with to spread on.

Intermediate : 

Parsnip and Honey Soup (v) :
“Rosemary and garlic crumb”

Parsnip and Honey Soup

For me the soup was very nice, again you could easily taste the honey and the parsnip. The amount you were given tonight was perfect, as there were still a few courses to follow.

Main : 

Wild Mushroom, Leek and Spinach Wellington (v)
“Confit new potato, shallot purée and herb dressing”

Wild Mushroom, Leek and Spinach Wellington

So recently I have been trying to be a little good and go for a healthier option every now and then, so I decided to try this as the other items didn’t really appeal to me.

This was nice, maybe not as full of flavour as I would have liked but it was nice.

Sweet : 

Sugar Coated Brioche Doughnuts :
“Jack Daniel’s Honey” chocolate dipping sauce

Sugar Coated Brioche Doughnuts

What can I say anything sugarcoated or has chocolate sauce is a winner for me, and yes this was very nice.

Overall :

I had heard this was their first time doing Christmas dinner and unfortunately it did show, the time between courses was just too long. I know we weren’t in any rush, but it was just a little too long.

The reason for this was there was no set time for people to arrive, just turn up at a pre booked time rather than the hotel saying “there are two sittings one at x time and the other at x time”. so this caused a little problem, and the staff were all over the place.

This pre planned sittings would have been better, as all coursers were coming out of the kitchen at different times so some tables would be starting and some would be finishing. This meant that there were delays with some times in getting courses, and we unfortunately were included in the delay area.

Atmosphere this was just ok, there was Christmas music playing in the background and some Christmas decorations. To be honest I don’t know what it was missing, maybe the tables could have had some more decorations, I just don’t know but it was an ok atmosphere but didn’t really feel Christmasy.

Apart from the delays, I can’t really fault the food it was very nicely presented and also tasted nice.

Atmosphere : 3
Service : 2
Food : 4
Overall Score (out of 5) : 3.5

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Edinburgh Christmas Market 2016

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Visit Date : Friday 25th November

For the past few years I have always made a point, of going to Edinburgh to see the Christmas Market.

In my opinion the Edinburgh Christmas market is always 100% better, why? There are more stalls, better layout, the stalls are a lot more varied, and it looks and feels like a proper European Christmas Market.

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The layout this year was a lot better, everything just flowed and helped make it look just that little better.

This year Edinburgh have the ice rink, as I have heard Glasgow and Edinburgh take turns. The ice rink can be found at St Andrews Square, the last time it was here there were a few stalls but this time round its just the ice rink.

Some items for sale are expensive, but if you do look about you will find some that are ok priced. I recommend the hot mulled wine while you walk about, keeps you warm and is very nice.

If you have only ever seen the Glasgow Christmas market, please do check out the Edinburgh one it’s a lot better and has a more festive feel and atmosphere.