Lunch at Rhubarb, Prestonfield House

We were lucky enough to get a voucher for a champagne lunch at Rhubarb when we got married last year so decided it was about time we put it to use. I’d only ever been to Prestonfield for events in The Stables before so it was a real treat to finally get to try out the restaurant.

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We were dining from the light lunch menu (£20 for 2 courses, £25 for 3) and it was an easy selection for me – I chose Perthshire rabbit and shiitake mushroom pressing, smoked bacon, pineapple, tarragon aioli and Amontillado sherry and Science went for Prestonfield’s own cured Shetland salmon, horseradish set cream, saffron-pickled onions and nibbed oats to start. We both went for the Roast rump and slow-cooked shin of Scottish Borders beef, roast potatoes and carrots, braised celery and pickled walnuts for our main course.

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Love the sumptuously baroque restaurant – we had a window seat looking out over the golf course and on to Arthurs Seat. A glass of champagne was quaffed as we settled in and I ordered  a glass of what turned out to be the most delicious Chilean red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cuvee Alexandre, Casa Lapostolle, Colchagua Valley).

For dessert, we went for a signature Rhubarb and Custard (rhubarb crumble, apple crumble ice cream and custard) and a dark chocolate and caramel fondant with blood orange sorbet. Followed by tea, coffee and petit fours.

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What a thoroughly relaxing and pleasant couple of hours. The food was beautifully presented and full of flavour. The wine was outstanding, the staff were excellent and a really lovely treat. I now need to try and acquire some of that wine, just divine. If we hadn’t had to do other things I’d have happily sat there quaffing it all afternoon.

I’d definitely go back, and if it was a really big celebration go all out for the A La Carte menu which looked amazing! I know who we’ll be gifting this experience to come Christmas.

 

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