We went with friends for a Saturday night meal, our first time back since its reopening. We ordered a drink at the bar before going to our table and had a bit of a wait though there seemed to be plenty of staff around. It was quite busy but not heaving so not quite sure why the delay.
The restaurant has a nice ambience, nicer than the bar area which is a bit minimalistic. it was busy when we took our table though quietened down as the evening went on but more of that later.
The menu is extensive-it would be very hard to imagine that you couldn't find something you liked from it- and there are also specials written on a blackboard. We had starters of garlic mushrooms with lemon mayo, a wee plate of haggis, with mash, neeps and whisky sauce, and a prawn cocktail, all very nice. Our mains were fish pie, salmon salsa verde and fish and chips and we enjoyed them too. I loved the fish pie and would happily eat it again! We weren't going to bother with a pud as we were all quite full but the waitress, who was very friendly and generally helpful, went away after giving us our mains and forgot to return! We had about a 20 minute wait before she came back and by that time we decided we maybe could manage puds. Method in their madness perhaps?!
We'd ordered wine with our meal and after eating, we intended to sit back and finish it while enjoying a nice chat. However, this wasn't really possible because a disco started up through in the bar which was loud enough to make conversation quite difficult. The weird thing was when one of us went to the loo and had a look through, there wasn't a soul dancing, in fact, the bar had cleared considerably too. It was a bit strange-perhaps if they wanted music, piped music would be sufficient. Anyway, it was enough to make us drink up and head to Platform Three for a drink there instead.
We had gone with an open mind, having heard both good and bad reviews about The Star since its refurbishment and I would say both views are probably fair. Price-wise, it was about average for a pub meal now, the food was nice, the service was very friendly but not really efficient and the disco music was unnecessary and ended our evening early. However, I'd certainly give it another try, perhaps for lunch next time, when the disco wouldn't be in operation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Star and Garter Hotel is located in Linlithgow, West Lothian, a historic Royal Burgh located in the central lowlands of Scotland. We're just 20 miles from Edinburgh and under an hour from Glasgow by train or car. Linlithgow is the birth place of Mary Queen of Scots and the Royal Palace by Linlithgow Loch is only minutes away. The town has many attractions and facilities for visitors - making Linlithgow a great base from which to explore Scotland. Excellent road and rail links offer all of our guests access to our wonderful cities and countrysides. ... more less
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