Monday, March 27, 2017

The Tolbooth Restaurant, Stonehaven, Scotland

Stonehaven is one of our favorite places to visit when we're in Scotland. It was a beautiful day, so we took the kids for a stroll on Stonehaven Harbour. We decided to have lunch at Tolbooth Restaurant (a restaurant we visit at least once everytime we're in Scotland).

Our kids love this place!

They offer a 3-course set lunch for £20. We decided to go for 2 set lunches as well a mussel dish from the Specials menu.

First to arrive was the Steamed Shetland mussels with white wine, shallots, garlic and herbs. I went for the starter portion (£7.95) and was pleasantly surprised by the large, generous portion. The mussels were fresh and plump, both mussel lovers (Baby D and I) enjoyed this very much.

From the set lunch menu, I chose the Cullen Skink. The soup was served with chopped chives, croutons and herb oil - delicious and not cloyingly rich. For those interested in trying to make cullen skink at home, you can check out the recipe here.

Hubby had the 'hot smoked' local mackarel fillet for his starters. This was served with baby gem salad, pickled red onions, and orange dressing.

For mains, diners get a choice between Thai prawn curry, grilled fillet of sea bream, and char grilled rib eye. We went for the latter two.

Two pieces of sea bream fillets were grilled, and served with crushed ratte potato, chargrilled courgette and spicy tomato sauce. Simple and good - the skin was crispy and the natural sweetness of the fish can be enjoyed.

Though this is essentially a seafood restaurant, the steak was beautifully done. Tender and juicy, it was cooked to medium rare as requested. The steak was accompanied by hasselback potatoes, glazed carrots, roasted cherry tomatoes and red wine jus.

Dessert was a choice between local Castleton strawberries (with vanilla meringue, chantilly cream and strawberry coulis) or dark chocolate mousse (with honeycomb and salted peanut brittle).

Tolbooth Museum, directly underneath Tolbooth Restaurant - click here to see inside the museum.

Baby C takes a photo with the mangle (vintage hand-cranked clothes dryer)

BabySumoKids with the fishing creels

Click here and here to read about our previous experience at Tolbooth Restaurant.

Opening times: May - Sept Tues- Sun, lunch & dinner;
Oct - April Wed - Sat, lunch & dinner; Sunday, lunch only
Lunch 12 - 2pm; Dinner 6 - 9.30pm; Sunday:Lunch 12 - 3pm

Location: Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, Old Pier, Stonehaven Harbour, AB39 2JU, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 1569 762287


GPS Coordinates: 56.960759, -2.202161

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  1. Love the sky. It's so beautiful!!!

  2. Mmm...delicious food indeed. If only I had known about this place when we visited Stonehaven!


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