Reviewed by Lorna Templeton
Only an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh and on the cusp of Border country, the Elphinstone Hotel in Biggar serves a wide variety of audiences with friendliness and class.
Whether you’re on a weekend getaway from the city, or a business guest taking advantage of its strategic location, you’ll find everything you need for a memorable and uplifting stay.
Although it’s slap bang in the middle of the High Street, stepping into the Elphinstone still feels like a retreat. A traditional bar and snug lead into an intimate dining area, where the only problem you’ll encounter is narrowing down what you’re going to pick from the extensive lunch and evening menu.
The pork medallion and black pudding stack certainly come recommended, as do the fajitas, but make sure to leave room for one of the hotel’s vast array of diet-busting sundaes. The hotel has a reputation for excellent food and certainly lived up to it! The service was extremely friendly with no unnecessary delays between courses, much appreciated with a toddler in the party!
The rooms are nicely set back from the bustle of the bar. We stayed in one of the family rooms, which was well proportioned and thoughtfully laid out, with a pair of bunk beds positioned in their own cosy corner in such a way that the adults could continue reading and watching TV after toddler bedtime. No lights to distract the little one, and no little one to distract Mum and Dad.
Breakfast was also impressive. Hearty portions of traditional cooked fayre along with plenty of lighter bites and fruit. Big thanks to the waitresses who braved the rain to buy some strawberry yoghurt’s from the local shop on request from a choosy little lady.
Welcoming, professional, enjoyable – an excellent experience all round. We’d be delighted to return and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others.
For more information or to make a booking visit www.elphinstonehotel.co.uk or call 01899 220044.