The Fox and Hounds
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The bar itself is as traditional as can be, with weathered beams, exposed brickwork and wooden floors. Why not pull up a bar stool and enjoy a pint of one of the five ales brewed on site' You never know, you could find yourself sitting alongside Neil Diamond, who has been spotted at The Fox and Hounds on more than one occasion.
After a brisk stroll around the village, we had certainly worked up an appetite. We were shown into the dining room, decorated in reds and greens, our table adorned with thistles. I began with a starter of grilled black pudding, crispy bacon and charred scallop salad, served with a mature Cheddar and chive cream. My companion raved about her steamed West Coast mussels, s e rved with garlic and chardonnay cream. Next I enjoyed the Pa rmesan and herb-baked chicken, served with tomato and basil cream and crispy fried leeks, while my friend chose the fillet of chargrilled Scottish salmon, beautifully cooked and served with crisp salad, new potatoes and a sweet balsamic reduction.
Although we were more than satisfied by this point, we had already spied the desserts at the next table and couldn't resist taking a peek at the menu. I was just a little envious of my companion, who ordered a gooey slice of chocolate fudge cake; that is until I received my shortbread tower, with layers of buttery, crumbly shortbread, fresh cream and juicy strawberries. The Fox and Hounds is renowned for its fine Scottish cuisine and warm, old-fashioned Scottish welcome, and I'm already planning my next visit.