After a lovely weekend up on the Moray Coast (more on that later!) we stopped off in Braemar on the way back home. I haven’t been in Braemar in years (about 15 to be precise, when I was doing research for my Masters’ dissertation!) and in general it hasn’t changed, except for one place – The Fife Arms.
It was previously a stopping point for coach parties and wasn’t that appealing, but the renovation has transformed it into a beautifully ornate, art filled, boutique hotel. And on this basis, we stopped for a late lunch.
The Flying Stag is the hotel’s public bar (though at the moment you can only enter via the main hotel door, where your temperature is checked etc… ) and there is a definite love of taxidermy in the room and surroundings. A simple but tasty bar menu awaits.
Food envy was prevalent throughout, but to keep someone happy we had to order the Pork Scratchings for a pre-starter, which according to himself were crispy and well… porky.
For starters we went with the Scotch Egg with homemade piccalilli (which is a favourite of mine, reminds me of my Grandad!) and the Game Sausage Roll which came with beetroot ketchup, unusual but very tasty.
For mains, we had the Highland Beef and Bone Marrow Burger, which came with Tain Fat Cow Cheese and Hand Cut Chips, which you can tell from the picture was beefy and cheesy! The chips were really good, nice and crispy!
The other main was the small Beer Battered Haddock & Chips service with mushy peas and tartare sauce. I caught a glimpse of the large fish from another table, and whilst delicious, the small was more than plenty!
We finished off with the same dessert, a Perthshire Raspberry Cranachan with Royal Lochnagar Whisky and Heather Honey, a really nice end to a tasty lunch!
After quite the lunch, we rolled out into the car and back home – a lovely end to what was a great weekend.
I would definitely recommend popping in to the Fife Arms for some lunch or dinner if you are in the area, a nice relaxing place to enjoy good food maybe after a days walking. I hope the next time I visit will be for a stay in the hotel, must give bigger hints to a certain someone!