Upon arrival (at 4pm): I was instantaneously hit with a homely Scottish feel. The fire was burning, the room felt cosy and welcoming, the tartan carpets made the place feel snug and traditional. The staff gave us our key, informed us of where our room was located, and rhymed off the times for dinner, breakfast etc. (this was also displayed in our rooms with a menu attached for us to browse at our leisure beforehand).
We spent a few hours enjoying the room before heading down for dinner. Our room was extra spacious, with a great big double bed, and even a bunk-bed. We had two televisions; a kettle (and all the necessities) for making tea/coffee; a telephone (which could communicate with staff in the restaurant/reception); a hairdryer; free WiFi; fresh towels; Arran Aromatics lotions and potions; books and board games available on our room floor and so much more. The place was faultless.
We went down for dinner at 6pm and were treated spectacularly; the girls serving us could not have done anything more for us if they tried. They were attentive, friendly and always welcoming – making us feel right at home. We had already decided what we were having to eat (after lusting over the menu in our room); for starters Alastair had Haggis Croquettes with a red onion relish and I had Fried Brie in a cranberry sauce. Both of these were deliciously fresh and undoubtedly the perfect appetisers.For our mains: I went for a beef burger in a brioche bun with chips and a generous side of coleslaw. It was a monster of a meal. A real hearty-filling burger full of flavour and lightly salted; oh I devoured it. My boyfriend was majorly impressed with my efforts as usually sizeable burgers like this one destroy me but I was determined to finish this one: I wouldn’t waste a bite. My boyfriend opted for the Haddock and Chips and all I can say is: the portion size!! He ate the whole lot, claiming it was the best fish he had ever had, I couldn’t believe he managed to put the whole thing away. We had desert (I’m still surprised we had room right enough); my boyfriend went for an eton mess with fresh raspberries and locally sourced ice-cream and I went for a warm sticky toffee pudding. They were both lush. The perfect ending to a fulfilling meal.
We showed face in The Elphinstone Hotel’s bar/lounge which they also use as a function suite. We had a couple of alcoholic beverages before calling it a night – we were just too stuffed – and wanted to go back to our room and make the most of our overnight stay. We couldn’t stop lusting over and discussing our dinner. What a mighty meal!
The atmosphere in the bar was lively yet chilled. There was live football on, a darts board, a pool table and various inspirational (and drink-related) quotes aesthetically sprinkled across various walls in the room. It was a smashing wee place. The drink was very reasonably priced, the staff behind the bar could not have been more welcoming, we were immediately made to feel right at home. A trait that the hotel prides itself on, too!
We had the most magnificent sleep, the bed was super-duper cosy, and upon checking my FitBit – I had the soundest deep sleep I have had for a long time. Breakfast in the morning was absolutely spot on, so many options, there was something there for everyone. It was a wonderful, refreshing, overnight stay and I would 100% visit this gem of a place again for sure (did I mention it is a dog/cat friendly hotel? You can take your fur babies with you). It was my first time in Biggar, and there were lots of shops and places I wished to explore, but time was of the essence. This hotel is so comfortable and accommodating, it’s definitely somewhere you could stay for a few nights, an overnight stay just wasn’t enough. I wanted to stay another week!
It was great to get away from normality, resting my head in a hotel I wouldn’t traditionally go for when booking a night away, I’ve made some wonderful memories. I love that The Elphinstone is family run, and prides itself on being accommodating and welcoming to all, I definitely felt right at home from the moment I walked in to the moment I checked out. Thank you for having us!
Have you ever been to Biggar? Would you visit The Elphinstone? What did you think of our dinner in the restaurant? Let me know in the comments below.
*I was sent to the Elphinstone Hotel, gifted an overnight stay, dinner and breakfast in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions and content are my own*.