The Crusoe Hotel, Lower Largo, Fife

I don’t normally blog about the same place twice but OH and I had such a good lunch today, I’ve just got to let you know about it.

We had been thinking about places we could go for something to eat that wouldn’t be hard to park at or be stupid busy just because it’s Christmas Eve.  We eventually plumped for The Crusoe as it’s out of the way, has great scenery and we have never had a bad meal there before.

When we arrived in Lower Largo the river, which runs next to the car park of the hotel was almost overflowing on to the car park. The wind whipped my hair around my face as I clambered out the car and the waves were stunning as they crashed against the harbour walls. We ran inside to find it almost empty so getting a table was no touble. It looked like we had chosen well. 2015-12-24 13.55.48As we looked over the menus I also kept an eye on the boat outside, which looked ready to make it’s way on to the car park.

OH chose from the Christmas menu and had the Traditional Roast Turkey with Seasonal Trimmings. Whereas, I went for the day’s menu and had Braised Collar of Pork – buttered cavolo nero, pearl barley, root veg, haggis bon bon. (btw cavolo nero aka black kale ;))

2015-12-24 13.01.42My meal was superb. The pork fell to bits as soon as I cut into it. The barley had bite to it and the root veg were neatly diced up among it. The butter from the kale mixed well with the barley and although the kale was cold, I forgave this small issue as everything else was spot on. I often hate big lumps of meat as I get bored with it but this tasted great and was no effort to eat. In fact, I cleaned the plate and only realised afterwards that there had been string around the collar. Oops.

OH’s only complaint was that he would have enjoyed another slice of turkey on his plate as like me, he cleared his.2015-12-24 13.01.34 I asked him for more specifics but he only said he really enjoyed it. So I pressed – were the sprouts over cooked? No, they were good. What about the pigs-in-blankets? There was only 2 of them so that was fine as I’m not fond of them (heathen). He’s now mentioned the cranberry sauce was a good accompaniment to the turkey. Oh, and he now wants more roast potatoes but has pointed out he’s not complaining at all because ‘as I said I ENJOYED IT’.

2015-12-24 13.31.09OH went on to choose the Vanilla Creme Brulee with Warm Toffee Bananas and Ice cream from the Christmas menu. I wasn’t driving so I ordered another glass of Pinot Grigio ;p.

His dessert arrived looking fabulous. I managed however, to say no to the extra spoon that was politely offered. OH said he also enjoyed this but added, unprovoked, he particularly liked the crunch of the caramelised sugar, there was just the right amount of bananas so they weren’t sickly and the tang of the raspberry and orange slice cut nicely through the sweet toffee. I’m thinking puddings are his forte.

Before we left, I paid a visit to the ladies, which are in the restaurant (we were eating in the bar) and could see the waves almost hitting the windows there. The white froth looked great as it raced up the gap between the hotel and the house next door. It would have be thrilling to sit there (in the restaurant not the loo) sipping a malt whisky whilst waiting to see if the windows would hold up, if you were so inclined.

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1 main, 2 courses from the Christmas menu, a coke and 2 glasses of white wine = £33.60.


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