Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Restaurant Review: The Bothy, Perth

Readers, my dinner out with fellow foodie (and blogger) Nikki from Couthie Cantie turned into an impromptu restaurant review.   It’s not something I do regularly, however, as we were meeting up to talk all things foodie, it made sense (as it probably does to most bloggers) to turn our dinner into a post.
The Bothy Perth

We booked the pre-theatre menu through an internet site, with the offer of 2 courses for £14.95 or 3 courses for £16.95.  Seemed reasonable.

I’ve been passed The Bothy in Perth many a time, but never popped in.  Although the wine bottle candlestick holders in the window always intrigued me.  Grandma WhatClaireBaked, who has a better social life than me, as well as extremely good taste, had been at Christmas time and thoroughly enjoyed her visit. She normally always knows a good thing when she sees it as well.

Firstly I was impressed by the overall look and feel of The Bothy.  Its leather sofas, tartan cushions and stag heads on the walls made for a very welcoming Scottish experience.  The wallpapered pillars depicting Scottish landscapes and dark wooden cellar style shelving around the walls made the venue feel like we were in a shooting lodge in the Highlands… not a damp Kinoull Street in Perth.

The Bothy Perth
The view from our table - bar to the left
Our waitress was incredibly friendly (and dressed to kill in a tartan skirt, continuing the theme).  She very gently tried to up-sell us some bread and olives to start, but genuinely didn’t seem too offended when we declined.  We were given both the Market Menu and A La Carte, to choose from, but decided to go with the Market Menu, as part of the deal we’d booked.
The Bothy Perth
Wine bottle candles in the window
Nikki and I both went for the Chicken and Black Pudding Terrine to start. It arrived and we were both impressed by the portion size for a starter.  The triangles of melba toast were perfect for spreading onto, as was the lovely touch of chutney on the side.   The dish also came with a small dressed salad.
The Bothy Perth
Delicious starter
We enjoyed the fact that despite ordering a pre-theatre menu, the staff were keen to make sure we enjoyed our dining experience and there was no rush to send us on our way, to make room for the evening diners.   There were a number of tables booked when we arrived at 5.15pm, meaning there was a bit of background noise and atmosphere. 

We opted for different main courses – Nikki having a Beetroot and Goats’ Cheese Salad with Crostinis whereas I went for the chicken supreme, which was served with a selection of vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes and a gorgeous sauce.   
The Bothy Perth
My Chicken Supreme main course
Again, I was suitably impressed by the portion sizes, quality of food, speed of service and also the attentive service we received from the staff.  We were offered dessert, which would only have cost and additional £2.00, however, we were so full from rounds one and two that we opted out!

So, in short, if you are in the Perth area, I’d highly recommend a trip to The Bothy. It’s ideal for tourists who are looking for a little Scottish gem in Perth, which is reasonably priced and has a bit of atmosphere. The restaurant is great for a celebration dinner with friends or for a cozy catch up for two, as we did.

For more information visit: http://www.bothyperth.co.uk/

The Bothy
33 Kinnoull Street

Tel: 0845 659 5907

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