On our 7th consecutive trip to Scotland, we discovered the Cluny Bank Hotel and Franklin's Restaurant. Had 4 unbelievable meals while there. All were world class. On our 2nd night, Lloyd prepared freshly caught and butchered (by Lloyd) monk fish in a romesco sauce, a variety of fresh lovely prepared vegetables and the desert. It gets special mention, because we had requested a rhubarb crisp. The presentation and preparation were stunning. The rhubarb cooked and seasoned perfectly served in a small champagne flute, the crumble seasoned with ginger, cinnamon and other spices presented in a small bowl, a small poached pear with a vanilla sauce and bean and finally your choice of creams in a separate flute. In the center of the presentation was a bowl to mix the ingredients as you wished. Just enough, but not too much. We have eaten in most of the best restaurants in the world, including the French Laundry in the U.S. and 3 Chimneys in Scotland and all the other great places around Napa and Yountville. My wife and I agreed, the best meal we have ever had!! We enjoyed it so much we made another overnight visit this year just to eat with Lloyd. (He could be adoptable.) Of course the lovable chef didn't disappoint again.
We would be remiss not to mention the Cluny Bank Hotel also. Julia does a beautiful job with the rooms and keeping them fresh and updated. This is without question one of the best values for the money anywhere!
We also discovered that Shirley and Eddie Spear, owners of 3 Chimneys always stay and dine at Cluny Bank when in the area. That says a lot for the quality of this fine establishment.
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