Experiencing A Great British Menu at Osso

After watching local Peebles-based Chef Ally McGrath on Great British Menu last week we decided to treat ourselves to a visit at the weekend to try out his competition dishes which they are currently serving on the menu. The dishes are right up our street and we ended up having one of the best meals we’ve had in a very long time – I think we may have found our new favourite restaurant.


Guts & Glory

To start I had ‘Guts & Glory’ – Rabbit, Haggis and Black Pudding and Science went for ‘Best of British’ – Scallop, Crab & Salmon (the fish course that I couldn’t have due to my shellfish allergy). I’d been seriously excited about this dish as I do like rabbit if it’s on a menu, and this was the tastiest rabbit dish I’ve ever had and loved the fact it was presented in the same way as on the show. Science loves his shellfish and he was thoroughly impressed with his dish, a brilliant beginning.


Best of British

We then both had an off-GBM dish of Crispy Pork, Piccalilli Puree, Apple Puree & Crackling, again, polished off in no time.


Crispy Pork

For me the main event (I’m not called ‘Steak Girl’ for nothing) was ‘Backbone of Britain” – Steak, Bone Marrow, Celeriac & Artichoke – oh my! It was delicious, the beef and the bone marrow were perfectly cooked and the mash was to die for – the best we’ve ever had, anywhere! I would go back based on that alone.

Backbone of Britain

Backbone of Britain

We still managed to have room left for dessert and I went for GBM dish ‘No One Harms Me With Impunity’ – Cherry, Pistachio & Chocolate and S went for a Creamy Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Raspberries dish. Again, really lovely.


Creamy Dark Chocolate

It’s hard to find fault, there’s clearly been some tweaks to the original dishes and they were all superbly presented. Ally is a very talented Chef and has a great personality – was great to see him and the team having such a splendid evening after all the excitement of the previous week. We’ll definitely be going back as the menu itself, outside of the GBM dishes, was very appealing.  We were still talking about it the next day. Can’t recommend it highly enough – now we just need to get a few friends together and make a return visit.

No One Harms Me With Impunity

No One Harms Me With Impunity

They are offering all four Great British Menu Dishes for a very reasonable £50, go try it out if you can!










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