Pitch­ing up for posh pub grub

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - EATING OUT -

THE dy­ing fizz of my camp stove put paid to my plans to gorge on a fry-up. Worse, I was 10 miles from the near­est town. So I set off on a cy­cle with my back­pack on and an empty stom­ach. And it was with ela­tion that I walked through the doors of the Dou­glas Arms in Ban­chory and sank into a soft, high-backed leather chair. I or­dered a pint of Kel­burn Brew­ery’s Pivo Es­tivo from the range of cask ales and supped the froth off greed­ily. The blue cheese and wal­nut salad I or­dered as a starter was strictly speak­ing a side or­der, but the staff didn’t ar­gue. This pleas­ingly bal­anced dish had let­tuce added, more as a gar­nish to the cheese and nuts than any­thing else. The pork and black pud­ding burger ar­rived with home­made ap­ple chut­ney, chips and salad – and was much posher than I ex­pected. The burger came on what seemed to be rose­mary foc­ca­cia bread and the en­sem­ble was neatly held to­gether with a skewer. If I was nit­pick­ing, I would have pre­ferred less bread to burger and a juicier chut­ney. With at­ten­tive ser­vice in a re­laxed at­mos­phere, this was a tasty and fairly-priced feast.

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