Biggar is located in the Scottish Borders in South Lanarkshire. It is home to a historic town and The Elphinstone Hotel.
When we arrived the bar and restaurant were busy. After we ventured up and down the high street for a stroll after our drive it was clear it was a popular place. There was even a birthday party in the function room upstairs.
Biggar is a popular spot for country lovers and walkers. It’s not hard to see why. the drive from Newcastle was roughly 2 hours and a beautiful drive up through the borders.
The Family Room
The hotel has 11 rooms. Three of which are family rooms. It looks relatively small from the front however there is a large extension on the back of the building and the rooms look onto the terrace.
We stayed in the family room with a kingsize bed ad set of bunk beds. The room was very large and comfortable. There is plenty of space and storage to accommodate a family of 4. The on-suite bathroom was very large and the whole room was brilliantly clean. The room also has a bonus of 2 TV’s. Although it would be difficult to have them both on at the same time, I guess the kids can bring their Playstations and plug it in.
The Elphinstone is a proud owner of the 3 star Scottish Tourist Board award.
Breakfast at The Elphinstone
All rooms come with breakfast within the rate. We had a lovely breakfast. With a choice of fresh fruit, cereals, cooked breakfast. The best part of any Scottish breakfast is the potato scones. It was fresh and got us ready for the drive on our way back home.
The Elphinstone is known for its food. I was super excited to try it out. We had a beautiful spot in front of the log fire in the lunge however there is a more formal restaurant area at the back that can sit large bookings too.
The restaurant was really busy. We discovered after a short walk that it was the busiest place in the town.
The menu changes on a weekly basis however the staples of the menu stay the same. There are lots to choose from and I noticed a brilliant selection of homemade traditional meals and fish.
For starters, I had the king prawns and they were big and fresh and in garlic butter. My favourite way. My partner had deep-fried brie with cranberry and I have to admit I was a little jealous but I had to keep room.
For mains, I picked a meal on the specials menu. I opted for the Chicken Howtowdie. Chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese and leek, breaded with a white wine sauce. And Yes, it was as delicious as it sounds. As much as I was full I ate it all. Adam opted for a more traditional fish pie and the pastry and fish were light and fresh. Both dishes were full of flavour and the smells were delicious.
The menu for the desserts was fun.
With a selection of sundaes, it was as if they KNEW me! Again, I opted for tablet sundae because it’s my absolute favourite ice cream and it did not disappoint. The Ice cream is from a local ice cream shop a few doors down. I wanted to purchase some to take home but it would have melted by the time I did.
Overall the food was really well prices with dishes ranging from £13.00 for specials to £10.00.
If you want to visit then I would recommend you book a table for your evening meal, you won’t want to go anywhere else and it does get busy.
For a full room tour and look inside the hotel then watch my Youtube Video HERE:
*Gifted stay but all opinions are my own