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The Orangery at Balbirnie House Hotel
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Balbirnie House
Balbirnie House Hotel,
Markinch Village,
By Gelnrothes,
Fife,
KY7 6NE
01592 610066

Last year Mrs Bite was sent a book ‘The Old Stones - A Field Guide to the Megalithic sites of Britain and Ireland’ and a visit to Balbirnie House gave Mr Bite and a chance to visit one of the listed sites. The Druid’s Circle is on a woodland walk from the hotel, past the golf club and near Balfarg Henge.   A pleasant after breakfast walk.

Balbirne House Hotel is an A listed Georgian country house set in 400 acres of Parkland. Inside it is plush and comfortable. Plump sofas invite you to relax in front of the fire and admire the Scottish colourist artworks. Vases of flowers and earthy colours reflect the Scottish landscape.  Our bedroom retains some original features.

The 'Orangery' restaurant is decorated in shades of silver, copper and chocolate. 
Its menu lists classic dishes which at first, glance looks unadventurous.

Mushroom Tart had a crispy pastry case and pungent flavour while distinctive. Perfumed truffle oil was a drizzled to add finesse. Mr Bite had Smoked Salmon Roulade with delicate, sweet curried crab, pickled fennel and apple and coriander salad. These starters both used great local produce cooked with skill.

The main course for me was Peterhead Cod with shellfish bouillabaisse, broth and bak choi. Mr Bite had the rump steak with peppercorn sauce.  It came medium-rare rather than as requested (rare) and the sauce needed more oomph but note the price £15.95 is hard to beat.

The fish stew needed some Provencal warmth from a bit of chilli. Cod skin was flabby. The stock had depth and cabbage was wilted al dente to retain flavour.

Valhrona Chocolate Tart with caramel mousse, gingerbread ice cream was well-presented and had all the deep, decadence you want from such a pudding.  The cheese plate comprises exclusively Scottish Cheeses.

The Orangery is a beautiful restaurant in stunning surroundings great value and well worth a trip for lunch or dinner. (S. Wilson)


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