The Plumpy Duck at Bow field Ho­tel

No.1’ s Emma tries out the new­est restau­rant in How­wood

No. 1 Magazine - - INTERIORS & LIFESTYLE -

Head­ing out for a nice meal used to be a weekly oc­cur­rence for me, then came baby and sud­denly spon­ta­neous af­ter work din­ner and drinks went out the win­dow to be re­placed by Cbee­bies marathons with dippy eggs and sol­diers for sup­per. So now, man­ag­ing to se­cure a babysit­ter and have a few hours free to put on some make-up and a nice dress and head out to din­ner is a spe­cial treat. It was on a rare Satur­day night sans baby that my­self and the other half took a drive into the coun­try­side to try out The Plumpy Duck restau­rant at Bow­field Ho­tel. Be­ing that the ho­tel is only a 20-minute drive out of Glas­gow (close enough to be able to dash home if we had to, far enough that it felt like we had es­caped the hus­tle and bus­tle of city life), the scenery en route is stun­ning – you could be smack bang in the mid­dle of nowhere if you didn’t know bet­ter. Bow­field Ho­tel it­self has re­cently un­der­gone £1.5 mil­lion worth of re­fur­bish­ments which in­cludes ex­tend­ing the pop­u­lar spa and the ad­di­tion of a brand new restau­rant, the pre­vi­ously men­tioned Plumpy Duck. The restau­rant has been won­der­fully de­signed to feel in­ti­mate yet wel­com­ing, full of dark wood, ex­posed brick walls and warm cop­per light­ing. We were shown to one of the big booths which only added to the in­ti­mate vibe, once sat it felt like we were in our own lit­tle world, per­fect for our first date night in months. Whilst check­ing out the food op­tions I or­dered from the tempt­ing cock­tail menu, the de­scrip­tion of the Mid­town Mar­tini was too good to re­sist; a vanilla vodka shaken with a lime and pas­sion fruit mix served with a side shot of pros­ecco... sold! The staff were fault­less and my cock­tail was brought to me within min­utes of or­der­ing. The food was quick too – and this was on a Satur­day night at 8pm, too many times have I sat in restau­rants and waited at least half an hour be­tween cour­ses. To start we opted for the prawn and chorizo risotto and the crab­cakes, both were fresh, flavour­ful and just the right size. By this point I’d fin­ished my de­li­cious cock­tail and de­cided what the heck, may as well have an­other. Next up were mains, siz­zling prawn fa­ji­tas for me and the veal T-bone for the hubby. I asked how his was but all I got out of him was a com­bi­na­tion of ap­pre­cia­tive noises and the odd “So, so good”. So I used the lack of de­scrip­tion as an ex­cuse to try it for my­self. On do­ing so I could see what he meant, so, so good! Ten­der, per­fectly cooked meaty good­ness. My prawn fa­ji­tas were also tasty – suc­cu­lent and plen­ti­ful. I was de­ter­mined to fit in pud­ding so had to con­cede and pass the rest of my mor­eish triple cooked chips across the ta­ble but my sac­ri­fice was all worth it when my oozy, gooey warm choco­late brownie ar­rived. Serv­ing it with berry sor­bet in­stead of the usual vanilla ice cream was a great touch, es­pe­cially when the choco­late was so rich – they com­ple­mented each other per­fectly. The other half had the peanut but­ter mousse topped with crunchy hon­eyed oats which I also had a sneaky spoon­ful of – all for re­search pur­poses of course! And I can say that both desserts were equally yummy and rounded off the meal per­fectly, well, those and my fi­nal shot of pros­ecco of course! Full, merry and sat­is­fied, we left whilst dis­cussing dates for when we could next slot in a babysit­ter and head back for more of the same, a sign of a good restau­rant if ever there was one. The Plumpy Duck at Bow­field Ho­tel Bow­field Road, How­wood, Ren­frew­shire PA9 1DZ Tel: 01505 705225 Web: www.the­p­lumpy­duck.co.uk

“The Mid­town Mar­tini was too good to re­sist, vanilla vodka, pas­sion fruit and a side shot of pros­ecco!”

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