Airth Castle Hotel & Spa
Currently undergoing a multi-million pound makeover, No. 1 had to check it out...
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Steeped in history, Airth Castle Hotel & Spa dates back to the 14th century and was once owned by the family of Robert the Bruce. Incredibly, some historical accounts suggest that William Wallace himself fought a battle nearby in an attempt to rescue his uncle who was being held captive. Nestled on the outskirts of Airth village, the castle is now possibly less known for historic battles and better recognised as one of Scotland’s top wedding venues. Indeed, during our one night stay at Airth we encountered not one but two weddings. The hotel is currently undergoing a £4million pound renovation which will see the hotel totally revamped to the highest standard. The rooms, event suites, restaurant and spa are all benefitting from the huge investment.
The castle sits at the end of a winding driveway, while the actual hotel itself is in a separate and rather pretty courtyard building that also houses the restaurant, spa, wedding and event suites. We were quickly checked in and then made our way to our room. Decorated in muted grey tones the overall feeling of the room was one of contemporary opulence, every detail had been thought of, from the beautiful taps in the bathroom to the divine soft furnishings. It would be doing Airth a disservice if we didn’t mention weddings and events as this is what the hotel is best known for. The venue is set up to cope perfectly with parties of any size. And, as mentioned, despite a sizeable wedding being in full swing in a separate area of the hotel, we would have been none the wiser if we hadn’t spotted the wedding party getting pictures taken. We headed down to the restaurant for a quick drink before dinner. The Grill Room is situated within a huge glass pyramid, bright and modern, with huge booths. The cocktail list made for pleasant reading and our very helpful barman was delighted to give us recommendations. After indulging in our delicious cocktails we made our way through to the restaurant. The menu was incredible and a lively debate ensued about what we should order before we decided on the black pudding with crispy poached egg accompanied by truffle bearnaise and the scallops with sticky Bourbon pork jelly. My scallops dish was decadent and moreish. Onto the mains and we decided on steak and the truffle steak burger, which came with truffle aioli, goats cheese and oven roasted tomato. The steak was cooked to absolute perfection on the Spanish grill and was so sizeable I could only manage half, meanwhile the burger was declared a resounding success. By the time the dessert menu arrived I had admitted defeat however my dining companion couldn’t leave without experiencing the sticky toffee Alaska as recommended by our waiter, Calum. A brown sugar meringue with toffee sauce and vanilla pod ice-cream, it was indulgent and decadent, a small taste left me vowing to return for a full portion. After a lovely stay we concluded that the quality of our meal was so high, Airth Castle is definitely worth a visit for the food alone.