We took a trip out to Ellon earlier in the month to try out The Cornkist Restaurant at The New Inn Hotel for my mum’s birthday.
We went on a Monday night so expected it to be quite a quiet evening but much to our surprise, the restaurant was filled with customers which, in my opinion, is always a good indicator if the food and service of an establishment is up to par.
The restaurant interior had a country pub, old fashioned feel to it, with stain glassed windows and wooden décor. The atmosphere felt relaxed, civil and perfect for families to enjoy a lovely meal.
The menu was extensive and much more sophisticated than your usual pub grub and catered to everyone.
I started off the evening by treating myself to a Raspberry Edinburgh gin, one of my favourite alcoholic beverages, to help unwind after a busy day at work.
For my starter, I opted for the Cajun Steak & Onion Bruschetta, topped with melted cheddar cheese for £6.55. Bruschetta is an absolute staple starter for me but having the added extra of Cajun steak on top was magical. You are given two pieces, with a side of fresh salad which is more than enough as the portions in this restaurant are certainly on the large side – another factor I liked about New Inn. I like food. The starter was flavoursome and delicious. My mum and sister chose this also and they both loved it!
Next, I delved into a main of Smoked Haddock on a Bacon and Leek Risotto, served with crispy black pudding and topped with a poached egg. This was priced at £12.50, which again for the size of portion, I think is a great price. The meal was exquisitely appetising. The risotto was creamy with lots of flavour – the hint of smoked fish with the meaty taste of bacon was something I was very intrigued about with this dish and surprisingly works very well together. The poached egg was exactly how I like them – soft with a perfectly runny yolk, that just melted in your mouth.
The dessert menu also looked right up my street but their certainty no room in my stomach to find out!
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at The Cornkist restaurant and would recommend if you are in the area to try it out. Like I’ve previously mentioned, the portions are large – so much so that even my dad couldn’t finish his main and that’s definitely a first – and the food tasted wonderful. I think this is a perfect place to spend some quality time with your family.
Have you been to The Cornkist before? Would you consider going?
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