Perfect eating place near Stirling
The Gargunnock Inn Restaurant and Bar
As part of the experiment that I mentioned in the Isn’t Google Wonderful article I thought I’d recommend a few Stirling eating places and restaurants in Stirling and the surrounding area and I’m starting with the Gargunnock Inn, which is, as the name of the Inn would suggest, is based in Gargunnock, a few miles outside Stirling.
The Gargunnock Inn is in the main street of the town and to be honest, from the outside, the restaurant looks nothing special as it looks like a terraced pub. However, don’t let looks fool you - once inside the Inn, it’s like a tardis, as it opens up into a large, well designed bar and restaurant, with different rooms and bars appearing as you walk through the premises.
Sunday Lunch at the Inn
We discovered it one Sunday lunchtime, when we were out doing a photographic shoot of the Scottish countryside and we couldn’t be bothered heading back to find a place to eat in Stirling. There was a great atmosphere as we walked into the inn and every table was full at 2pm on a Sunday! As Gargunnock is a tiny village - or burgh, to give it it’s proper title - we couldn’t believe that there were so many locals having Sunday lunch out and there weren’t. As we chatted to the other diners, we discovered that there were people that travelled to Gargunnock from as far afield as Glasgow and Perth had travelled specially to enjoy a meal at the inn and when we had our lunch, we could see why.
The pub’s menu featured good fresh produce, with a twist; and the food tasted as good as it sounded. The chef is a master of the art of taking regular fayre and making it special. His Balmoral Chicken - Chicken stuffed with haggis and served with creamy malt whisky sauce, is to die for and I’ve never had a better Aberdeen Angus steak anywhere in the UK - and I’ve eaten in literally hundreds of restaurants, pubs, eating places and diners throughout the country.
Book in advance for Evening Meals
So if you are visiting Central Scotland and you are looking for a quality eating place, restaurant - call it what you like - I can heartily recommend the Gargunnock Inn, near Stirling. The food, service, atmosphere, prices are all excellent - and they even have a beer garden and play area for kids that is open in the Summer. It has always been busy, every time I’ve eaten at the Inn, so it may pay to book in advance, the telephone number for Evening Meals is 01786 860 333.
I’ll recommend other places to eat in Stirling and the Central Scotland area in the next month or so. If you have any eating places in the Stirling area that you would like to recommend, or if you have enjoyed a meal at the Gargunnock Inn, feel free to leave a comment with your experiences.