19 restaurants in Dumfries
Restaurants in Dumfries:
Annan Road, Collin, nr Dumfries, DG1 3JX [Map]
Part of the Whitbread family, Table Table restaurants aim to bring great value tasty pub food to an ever increasing eating-out public who like well prepared and genuine food served by friendly staff in relaxing surroundings. If that sounds too much like a dream come true be assured that at Table Table they also walk the talk, and are pleased to have the chance to prove it.
Their well located restaurants are spread across a wide range of decors and styles, and all of them share a determination to provide comfort, warmth and relaxation. Their buffet menus for special occasions are remarkable value.
In keeping with modern trends they provide dishes to nibble or share as guests consider the spread of options on a menu that could be described as British with welcome incursions. So as you share long Italian flatbread, and dough balls and dips, or a sharing platter with an imaginative range of finger food starting with garlic and breaded mushrooms, it's time to think about the relative merits of aromatic duck parcels, a prawn cocktail, breaded Camembert or sticky chicken goujons to name but a few.
Many an innocent dish from the past has been hi-jacked in the best possible sense into becoming what is now called a 'pub classic'. Wiltshire cure ham with eggs is served with chunky chips and beef, mushroom and ale pie, or chicken and chips are all familiar with British tables, be they in the dining room or the kitchen. Now they have been added to by chicken fajitas, a sweet red pepper, crème fraiche and fennel tart, a leg of duck slowly cooked and served with a Bramley apple and cider sauce, or chilli con carne with basmati rice, sour cream and guacamole and nachos. So is the humble burger with six enticing toppings.
The point is they, and others, are all here at Table Table, well prepared with quality ingredients, and presented in a way that makes you hungry even if you thought you weren't.
Getting down to the more serious side of the table keep an eye open for the seafood pie, a delightful assembly of things fishy including crayfish, red snapper, prawns and clams. Many of their steaks are 28 days matured, including a 7oz fillet. All steaks are served with watercress, roasted cherry tomatoes, a flat mushroom and chunky chips. A choice from 4 sauces adds the final touch of enjoyment.
Pastas and salads embrace some well known and loved names, but for sheer enjoyment the hot smoked salmon salad takes some beating - flakes of hot smoked salmon mixed with a house salad and soy and ginger sauce. A real winner.
Snacks aplenty cover hot baguettes with the like of grilled pork loin and Bramley apple sauce, sandwiches filled with Cheddar cheese, or prawns and Marie Rose sauce, and jacket potatoes with such temptations as chilli con carne. Add a bowl of chips for only a little extra.
A well travelled wine list offers helpful advice for the uninitiated and there's an impressive choice of draught and bottled beers and lagers. All in all it would appear that Table Table are more than achieving their aims, providing the opportunity for people to eat out enjoyably, with excellent value for money. Long may they continue to do so.
For completely up to date information on menu changes and special offers do make a regular check on their lively Website.
Family, Pub, Traditional
Best Western Hetland Hall Hotel, Carrutherstown, Dumfries, DG1 4JX [Map]
A selection of menus are available at The Copper Beech Restaurant at Hetland Hall, that highlight their growing reputation for creating fine Scottish cuisine. A la Carte and table d'hote menus are served in the tranquil Copper Beech Restaurant, using only the freshest locally sourced produce. A stimulating list of wines from around the globe is available for the more discerning, and head barman Ken will be happy to share his personal whisky recommendations to all.
Whitecroft Mansion, Carrutherstown, Dumfries, DG1 4LF [Map]
Whitecroft Mansion is an elegant Georgian Country House, set in three acres of its own grounds, with a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, this, hand in hand with high standards of hospitality, ensures that it is a haven of peace and tranquility. Located in the breathtaking Dumfriesshire countryside and enjoying views of the Solway Coast, the mansion has been lovingly restored and beautifully decorated.
The Armouries restaurant continues in the same vein, with a menu that entices with straightforward, well-prepared dishes, making use, a lot of the time, of the wealth of quality local produce almost on their front doorstep, with starters like Loch Fyne tiger prawns laced with sweet chilli jam and set on wok noodles or smoked Rannoch red deer with a honeyed peppercorn dressing.
A similar theme follows with the mains, such as seared fillet of Tay salmon on wok vegetables with a lemon basil velouté; seared medallions of Rannoch venison laced with a game reduction or an 8oz tender fillet of Buccleuch beef with chunky chips with a skewered garni.
Desserts are very much following the traditional line with crème brûlée with stewed rhubarb and homemade shortbread or sticky toffee pudding with crème anglaise and a rich butterscotch sauce.
Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4ZZ [Map]
95A High Street, Annan, Dumfries, DG12 6DJ [Map]
The atmosphere at Del Amitri in Annan is that of cosy elegance, a dining experience that allows you to savour every minute of your time spent in the company of family and friends. The decor sets the tone for the meal with its rich plum coloured walls and furnishings and gleaming hardwood floors but the real star of the show would undoubtedly be the food, as it should rightly be. Only the finest local and seasonal produce from Southern Scotland is used to create dishes of the highest standard, a fact that is proved in the increasing popularity of this restaurant.
A look at the menu, which changes on a weekly basis, might reveal a ballontine of confit duck with caramelised apple, wrapped in Parma ham with smoked bacon and puy lentil amongst the starters. To follow, the pan roasted crown of partridge on bubble and squeak, with braised celery, Madeira and pearl barley jus is excellent, finally ending with the enticing rich dark chocolate, coffee and pistachio delice. The wine list at Del Amitri is notably global featuring numerous choices.
Gourmet, Modern British
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