Marykirk Hotel is perfect place to relax and unwind

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On a cold, dark, blustery and wet winter evening is there anything better than snuggling up to the fire and enjoying a delicious hearty meal?

The Marykirk Hotel is situated in the middle of the charming village, just four miles outside Montrose, and is the perfect place to relax and unwind by a roaring log fire in the colder months on plush leather sofas in the Esk Restaurant.

A former coaching inn, the hotel was built in the mid 1800s and still retains its original charm and character, although it is now tastefully modernised. The Esk Restaurant balances exposed oak beams with warm wall coverings.

The restaurant is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. and can also be booked at other times. For those who prefer a cosy atmosphere, lunch and evening meals are served in the Stables Bar every day.

As well as the warm atmosphere, the staff at the hotel are welcoming and friendly.

The Marykirk Hotel has a great menu with ample sized portions to chose from with something to suit everyone. To start, I picked the sweet, sticky and succulent BBQ chicken wings, which are made with the hotel’s special spicy sauce. My fiancé had the gooey deep fried Brie wedges.

For my main, I went for the salmon steak, which you can have grilled or poached. I chose to have mine grilled. The fish was tender and came with a light flavoursome lemon and cracked black pepper butter.

My fiancé had the juicy roast silverside of local beef, which came with a rich gravy, chips, vegetables and two large homemade Yorkshire puddings. Being from Yorkshire, we’re hard to please when served our native savoury pudding, but these were perfectly cooked - crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

All main courses come with a choice of chips or potatoes and salad or vegetables.

For dessert, I plumbed for the lemon meringue ice cream cake - an airy zesty cake with a crunchy meringue topping. It gave me the hint of sweetness I was looking for to finish my meal without bogging me down. My partner chose the classic sticky toffee pudding, which he said wasn’t too heavy and was one of the best he’d eaten. At the end of the meal, we both said we would be happy to eat here again.