New Years Eve at the Blythswood Square Hotel (Glasgow) : Review

11 Blythswood Square
Glasgow G2 4AD
UK

T: +44 141 248 8888

W: www.blythswoodsquare.com

I have been to the Blythswood several times, sometimes with family and others with friends or my mum. The last few times I have been for Afternoon Tea, and family events.

The Blythswood Hotel has been done up nicely, and the staff and service has always been very good. Atmosphere the past few times I have been, has always been very hit or miss…I don’t know what it is but every visit there is always a little something missing for me.

Tonight was a family a friends night, I went with my parents and my best friend and his mum and dad. My grandparents were there, and so were my aunt, uncle and two cousins. Some of my Aunt’s friends and cousins friends were also there, so it was a busy and big table.

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Once everyone arrived and introduced themselves we all found out places and sat down.

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We all sat and talked, and also had a look at the menu to see what we wanted.

Starter :

Cream of parsnip and pear velouté
Parmesan wafer, herb oil

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I am not a soup person but I have been trying take a better mixed meal every time I go out, and the soup was a good option for me to start with.

This was very nice, you could taste the parsnip and the honey. The Parmesan wafer was very nice, and added that extra little flavour to the dish.

Main :

Ironbark pumpkin and mascarpone risotto
Grilled artichokes, blue cheese croquette, chive cream sauce

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I love risotto so when I saw it on the menu tonight, it was the dish for me.

This was very nice, very creamy and full of flavour. The blue cheese croquette was very nice, and I could have had more of that with it.

Dessert

Knocraich Farm yoghurt and red berry panna cotta
Spiced honey and clementine macaron, blackcurrant sorbet, fresh red currants and cinder toffee.

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Again another dish where I couldn’t fault it, it again was a perfect portion size and was full of flavour.

Throughout this meal there was a live singer, his name is Henrick Solera. Henrick Solera who is a singer and entertainer came over from the Martinez Hotel France to perform for tonights dinner. If you check out his Facebook page you will see he sings in many different venues.

Henrick Solera Facebook : www.facebook.com/henricksolera/
Twitter : @henricksolera
Website : www.rickysolera.com

Henrick Solera is an international singer, musician & entertainer. Singing Sinatra classics as well as contemporary hits by Josh Groban and Michael Bublé, an evening with Solera is one that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

His passion for the great American songbook, beloved evergreens, retro swing tunes, broadway classics, and unforgettable majestic ballads will move you and speak to your heart.

** Taken from his website

This was the first time I have really heard Henrick perform live, I have seen a few videos as my Aunt Uncle and cousins stay in the south of France and have seen Henrick a few times.

All the songs Henrick sang were perfect for the evening, and the level of music was ok. Yes, you did need to talk a little louder but it wasn’t to the level where you were shouting at the people around you so this was nice.

One part of the evening I was really looking forward to was my little cousin Danni, she got up and sang a few solo songs and a few duets with Henrick.

Danni was really amazing, she has a great voice and I wish she sang more last night. I am a very proud cousin, as she has a gift and was very brave singing to everyone….Something I know I couldn’t do even if I did have a good voice.

Overall :

One issue that everyone at the table wasn’t happy with, was the length of time it took for each course to come out. After we arrived and ordered it took an hour and a half for the first course to come out, and this continued per course.

I don’t know if it was due to the large amount at our table, they waited till every dish was made before bring it out or if they just didn’t have enough kitchen staff or to prolong it to the bells. I wasn’t really to fussed as we weren’t in a rush and it allowed us to have a good chat.

Apart from this delay, the food and night was very nice. Everyone enjoyed the evening and was nice to welcome the New Year with family and friends and I did it sitting close to my parents and my best friend and his parents 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!!!!

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Christmas at the Boclair House Hotel : Review

Boclair House Hotel
100 Milngavie Road,
Bearsden. Glasgow. G61 2TQ.

T : 0141 942 4278
e : enquiries@boclairhousehotel.co.uk

w: www.boclairhousehotel.co.uk

Date Of Visit : Sunday 25th December 2016

Boclair House Hotel Christmas Lights

So this years family Christmas dinner was spent at the Boclair House Hotel, I had only been here just the once and it was for a family members funeral so it was nice to come back and have a nice happy event and meal.

 

The Menu : 

Christmas Day Menu

STARTERS

  • Trio of Scottish Salmon With a leek terrine, beetroot cured and hot smoked rillette. Served with braised leek and caviar
  • Duck Liver, Orange and Whiskey Parfait : Red onion marmalade, textures of beetroot with ciabatta wafer
  • Twice Baked Lanark Blue Cheese and Walnut Souf é (v) Poached mulled wine baby pear and toasted almond salad
  • Ayrshire Chicken, Pistachio and Foie Gras Terrine Pickled cucumber and apricot chutney

INTERMEDIATE

Parsnip and Honey Soup (v) : Rosemary and garlic crumb

MAIN COURSE

  • Traditional Roast Turkey : Roast potatoes, vegetables, chipolatas with sprouts and turkey jus
  • Lightly Spiced Monk fish Tail : Braised puy lentils, cauliflower fritters with crisp pancetta and citrus dressing
  • Seared Medallions of Prime Scottish Beef Fillet Dauphinoise potato, truffle scented mushrooms and madeira jus
  • Wild Mushroom, Leek and Spinach Wellington (v) Confit new potato, shallot purée and herb dressing

SWEETS

  • Traditional Christmas Pudding : Courvoisier brandy sauce
  • Clementine and Nutmeg Crème Brûlée : Orange scented biscotti biscuits
  • Sugar Coated Brioche Doughnuts : “Jack Daniel’s Honey” chocolate dipping sauce
  • Selection of Scottish Cheese : Grapes, biscuits and celery with winter fruit compote

Freshly brewed tea & coffee with festive mince pies

Adults £85 | Children £29.95

Visit from Santa & free gift for every child

 

Everyone knows that when you go out for Christmas dinner its never going to be perfect, it’s a very busy day for the location and staff so something has to go wrong….well most of the time.

My Starter : 

Duck Liver, Orange and Whiskey Parfait
“Red onion marmalade, textures of beetroot with ciabatta wafer”

Duck Liver, Orange and Whiskey Parfait

For me you can’t really go wrong with pate unless your one of those people who prefer smooth over chunky, I like both so am ok.

This was very nice, the pate was full of flavour and I really enjoyed it.

What I do hate but this applies to every restaurant that does pate is, you always get more pate than what it comes with to spread on.

Intermediate : 

Parsnip and Honey Soup (v) :
“Rosemary and garlic crumb”

Parsnip and Honey Soup

For me the soup was very nice, again you could easily taste the honey and the parsnip. The amount you were given tonight was perfect, as there were still a few courses to follow.

Main : 

Wild Mushroom, Leek and Spinach Wellington (v)
“Confit new potato, shallot purée and herb dressing”

Wild Mushroom, Leek and Spinach Wellington

So recently I have been trying to be a little good and go for a healthier option every now and then, so I decided to try this as the other items didn’t really appeal to me.

This was nice, maybe not as full of flavour as I would have liked but it was nice.

Sweet : 

Sugar Coated Brioche Doughnuts :
“Jack Daniel’s Honey” chocolate dipping sauce

Sugar Coated Brioche Doughnuts

What can I say anything sugarcoated or has chocolate sauce is a winner for me, and yes this was very nice.

Overall :

I had heard this was their first time doing Christmas dinner and unfortunately it did show, the time between courses was just too long. I know we weren’t in any rush, but it was just a little too long.

The reason for this was there was no set time for people to arrive, just turn up at a pre booked time rather than the hotel saying “there are two sittings one at x time and the other at x time”. so this caused a little problem, and the staff were all over the place.

This pre planned sittings would have been better, as all coursers were coming out of the kitchen at different times so some tables would be starting and some would be finishing. This meant that there were delays with some times in getting courses, and we unfortunately were included in the delay area.

Atmosphere this was just ok, there was Christmas music playing in the background and some Christmas decorations. To be honest I don’t know what it was missing, maybe the tables could have had some more decorations, I just don’t know but it was an ok atmosphere but didn’t really feel Christmasy.

Apart from the delays, I can’t really fault the food it was very nicely presented and also tasted nice.

Atmosphere : 3
Service : 2
Food : 4
Overall Score (out of 5) : 3.5

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