Douglas Arms Hotel
206 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DB
Castle Douglas is a specially designated Food Town, famed for its four independent butchers' shops and numerous other artisan food outlets. The Douglas Arms Hotel sits squarely on the crossroads by the town clock, providing the town's many visitors with a broad selection of home-cooked meals at its Wallace Restaurant. Seated in the spacious dining room, visitors can enjoy choosing their meal in front of the huge Dalbeattie granite fireplace. For a traditional starter, there's always a heart-warming soup on offer, alongside other offerings like tender smoked duck breast on a salad dressed with orange and honey and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts. There are four good fish dishes on the main menu: wholetail scampi, beer-battered haddock, smoked salmon and prawn salad and grilled sea bass with Cullen Skink. Courtesy of those famous butchers, wonderful meat dishes are created - the medallions of Galloway beef with glazed shallots in a mushroom and red wine sauce is delicious. Dedicated carnivores should try the straight sirloin steak with all the trimmings; the chips are crisp, the vegetables served al dente and the sauces flavoursome. The desserts are comfort food par excellence - traditional pies and puddings arrive with buttery shortbread or creamy ice cream, and all provide the perfect finish to a dining experience that's made all the better by the friendliness of the staff.