Anyone who visits Aberdeen must put dinner at Lairhillock Inn on their itinerary. It’s an atmospheric cozy restaurant in the countryside serving authentic Scottish cuisine. I first ate there 5 years ago when visiting my parents, and I’d been hankering to take Jonathan there ever since we arrived. When our friend Ryan reminded me of just how good their sticky toffee pudding was, I broke down and made a reservation for last Friday.
Since the day was warm by Scottish standards,
I even got to wear a sweater dress without
tights. I even shaved my legs and painted my toenails and everything. It definitely got me excited for a special date night with my
The drive out to dinner was so beautiful that it made my heart hurt.
Every time that we’re in the country, I have renter’s remorse about choosing a
house in the city. I don’t like to be reminded of this by the astounding views
just 3 miles outside of Aberdeen. I just have to keep repeating to myself: Jonathan
gets to walk to work. Jonathan gets to walk to work. Jonathan gets to walk to
work. Which is great for Jonathan, but honestly, for me it means waking up at
6:30 AM every morning to walk with him to work, which I really didn’t think
through very well.
I’d much rather roll out of bed at 8 AM and have a coffee
while overlooking rivers and hills. Sigh. That’s the thing about property in
Aberdeen: you can’t go wrong, which unfortunately means you can’t go right
either. You’ll never been 100% convinced that you made the right decision
because all of your options are so appealing. I’m getting on a tangent, but
suffice to say: my heart hurts a bit every time we visit the countryside.
we arrived at Lairhillock, the restaurant was just as adorable as I remembered
it. We were seated in a dark and cozy room with an enormous fireplace. Jonathan
ordered meat pie and I had chicken stuffed with brie and sun dried tomatoes.
It. was. so. good. My stomach is
growling just thinking about it.
Once we licked our plates clean, the waitress
asked if we’d like to see a dessert menu. I told her there was no need- bring out the Sticky Toffee Pudding please!
Sticky Toffee Pudding is probably the best food to ever come out of the UK.
Better than deep fried Mars Bars. Better than Fish and Chips. Better than Lamb
Stew or Shepherd’s Pie. It’s one of
those rare desserts that is absolutely worth every single calorie. I’d be
perfectly content being morbidly obese as long as I got to eat Sticky Toffee
Pudding for every meal. It’s that good. I’m talking Meche’s donuts good.
Barnaby’s Sweet Potato fries good. Café Du Monde Beignets good.
about learning to make it myself, but I kind of don’t want to know what’s in
it. Ignorance is bliss in the case of Sticky Toffee Pudding and for now I’ll stick
to only ordering it on special date nights with my honey.
Jonathan decided to forgo the traditional Scottish dessert and ordered Dark Chocolate Mousse instead,
figuring that I’d at least give him a bite of my pudding snack. He was wrong.
every. single. calorie.