This was not my first visit to The Scran & Scallie. Back in 2013 when the sister restaurant of Chef Tom Kitchin opened I enjoyed a fabulous gastro pub meal. Since then I have returned on many occasions and every time I find this place getting better and better.
I was very surprised to find out that this establishment is also dog friendly and this gave me an excuse to go again with my pampered pooch!
Straight away we were welcomed and shown to our table where a bowl of water was provided for the dog. At lunch time you can opt to have a very reasonable 3 courses for just £15 or the full selection of the a la carte. Whilst choosing we were served some pork scratchings & vegetable crisps which were deliciously salty and crunchy. A fabulous nibble to have whilst debating which delights to choose from the main menu.
To start with I chose the Summer Vegetable and goats cheese Salad as part of the lunch deal. This was a light, fresh dish but the flavours of each and every one of the vibrant, green ingredients on the plate really packed a punch. The vegetables were still crunchy and the soft salty cheese was not overpowering but complemented the veg perfectly.
The other starter of Ham Hock terrine was also well received, and was hailed as “the best terrine I have had” by my fellow diner. I never feel like you quite know what you are going to get with a terrine. Sometimes you are served a paste-like pate or a slab consisting of 50% jelly. However, this terrine was packed full of delicious chunks of meat, presented wonderfully and had interesting accompaniment in a pigs ear salad which was also delicious.
Between our starter and main course we were served an unexpected Mackerel dish which was also on the lunch menu. This was exquisite. The fish was cooked to perfection with a nice crispy skin. It was accompanied by a smooth fennel puree which was creamy and Moreish. Charred fennel added texture but also added a lot to the dish visually against the creamy fennel background.
To follow I had Pot-au-feu. This is a French dish of stew which honours the tables of the rich and poor alike. There were several different cuts of pork, some more unusual than others but all very tasty. These were in a light almost broth like light sauce. Along with crunchy seasonal vegetables. Like my starter, the dish was light but the big, bold flavours contradicted this (in a good way).
On the side I opted for a portion of Roasted Chorizo Potatoes which were so tasty. The chorizo was slightly crispy on the outside but soft and juicy in the middle with the oil from the chorizo coating the fluffy roast potatoes.
On the opposite side of the table was a main from the a la carte menu of Monkfish, Pancetta, Wild Garlic and Mussels. This was another knock out dish. The flavours all complimented each other wonderfully and the lemony sauce was simply outstanding.
For dessert I had Strawberry Fool. The in-season strawberries were juicy, the cream was sweetened, the meringues were chewy and the strawberry sauce had a slight zing to balance the sweetness. A great end to the meal.
I can safely say the service and knowledge of the staff at The Scran & Scallie was outstanding. We were so well looked after but they were never overpowering. The knowledge of the extensive drink list and food was superb, and they even brought out a bone for the dog.
The Scran & Scallie may not be all about fine dining like its sister restaurants, The Kitchin and Castle Terrace but the food really packs a punch and is presented beautifully. There is a real friendly, family atmosphere in here, and although the food is fantastic you really can’t put a price on great staff. At the Scran & Scallie they really elevated the whole experience to another level and I can’t wait to go back.
- Food - 9/109/10
- Atmosphere - 9/109/10
- Service - 10/1010/10
- Value for Money - 8/108/10