Perched regally along King’s Gate, the stately Atholl Hotel immediately impresses. Inside it looks, and tastes, just as good.
Boasting an extensive menu of delectable traditional dishes, the classy and homely Atholl offers something for every discerning palate. Meat lover? Fantastic. Vegetarian? No problem. Gluten free? Of course! You’ll literally have to use your gut instinct when ordering your meal in the Atholl, there is so much to choose from.
For starters, my friend opted for the watermelon,feta cheese and red onion salad. What arrived was a bowl of Spring, fresh and lush, with the black pepper giving it that extra little kick. Before I could get food envy, I tucked into my own tasty game terrine. Embellished with cranberries and topped with a side salad, the accompanying sweet chilli compote gave the dish a subtle but zesty spice.
After our plates were cleared by the attentive waitress, we were pleasantly surprised by the generous portions for our main courses. My roast rib of beef was a rich undertaking of prime Scotch beef with vegetables, roast potatoes, and the lightest and fluffiest of Yorkshire puddings, which I couldn’t finish (I had my eye on dessert). My friend’s chorizo stuffed chicken breast was likewise a feast for the eyes and the belly. Served wrapped in bacon, the chicken with its tomato and red pepper puree combo was a winning mix.
The best however, was truly left till last. My friend’s crème brûlée gave a satisfying crack as she delved into the lemony goodness, summing it up neatly with the word ‘amazing’. My own dessert of strawberry and vanilla ice cream with kiwi sorbet tasted entirely of Summer. It was positively delicious and as I heartily tucked in, the old adage came to mind: ‘Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first’. Wise words I’ll remember for my next visit to the Atholl Hotel!
54 King’s Gate, Aberdeen AB15 4YN
Tel: 01224 323505 www.atholl-aberdeen.co.uk