As you walk in to the George Hotel in Montrose you’re greeted with a smile as you’re seated to a comfy cosy booth.
If you’re looking for home-cooked food made to order at reasonable prices, then the hotel on George Street is the place to go.
Walking in from a cold drizzly night into a warm friendly lounge is pleasant and homely. And for a Wednesday night, there were very few tables that were not full.
Their produce is locally sourced, and on the menu are firm favourites including burgers, curry and steaks, to the more interesting haggis bhajis.
For starters my partner tried the bhajis. Considering we only moved to Scotland recently and were haggis virgins, they were delicious; meaty, but not heavy. And it was a generous portion for the price of two large bhajis.
I had the soup of the day, a bowl of cream of spinach with cumin, which came with a warm soft white roll. It was flavoursome with a good kick and was seasoned perfectly.
For my main course, I had the supreme Maryland of chicken - a tender chicken escalope with a crunchy crumb, served with banana fritters, battered pineapple and a pile of fluffy chips. The pineapple discs may look like onion rings but were so sweet and juicy.
My only criticism is it maybe could have done with a sauce on the side, a chilli or mango mayonnaise perhaps. But maybe that is a personal preference, as I like to drench my meals with a sauce.
For his main, my partner took on the challenge of the Fat Boy burger a three-tiered meat feast of cajun chicken, bacon and a beef burger, smothered with a delicious tangy relish, soft onions and gooey cheese. There were no complaints from him as he happily chomped his way through it.
The majority of the desserts are made by the chefs and we shared the passionfruit and mango Eton mess from the specials menu. Soft sweet cream with exotic passionfruit, juicy mango and chewy meringue pieces. It was one of the best desserts I’ve had in a while.
The staff at the George Hotel are very attentive, making sure your wine glass is full before you finish your first. The Shiraz was gorgeous, fruity with a hint of berries and a subtle spiciness.