Having visited the Tullie Inn previously for drinks, my two companions and I decided to try some food yesterday (27/06/14). I have previously had poor experiences in the neighbouring Balloch House Hotel and so I was keen to try somewhere else.
As always, the Tullie Inn is very nice aesthetically. My friends and I decided to eat inside but in the more relaxed area outwith the restaurant. At first there was some confusion amongst us if this was possible as there doesn't appear to be any menus on these tables - only a drinks list and World Cup snacks leaflet.
As a result, I headed towards the restaurant to try and locate a member of staff who advised that this would be fine. As I look at the Inn's website just now, I see that there is a value menu available all day Monday-Friday but unfortunately we weren't made aware of this which is a pity because it actually looks like it offers a good choice of dishes for the money. My only guess is that this value menu is only available to guests opting to dine in the restaurant which seems rather mean all things considered.
First impressions of the Garden Menu were that it offers a good choice but in my opinion, isn't the cheapest for mains with prices ranging from £8.50 for a three egg omelette to £11.50 for pulled pork. It's not very often you find somewhere that offers brunch and as a result, all three of us chose the Scottish Breakfast which, again looking at the menu, I see should have come with toast. Unfortunately, we never received our toast which has resulted in me reducing this review to 4 stars and has made me a tad miffed.
That said, what was served was tasty enough and the female member of staff (perhaps a manager given her attire) was very pleasant indeed. Priced at £7 and including tea or coffee, I would say it represented pretty good value for money. To make it exceptional, I would add black pudding, a link sausage and of course, ensure that what should be served, is served. A mention also to the barman who offered us a 'cheers' as we left to cycle back home to Glasgow.
Being the party animal that I am, I also had a nice pint of Guinness - £3.70 I believe.
All in all then a positive experience with a point or two to note. Will I be back? More than likely but I'm also keen to see what other eateries are in the area.
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