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Another Aberdeenshire pub – the Bieldside has a modern dining area and is very busy at week-ends.  Fairly conventional pub food – nothing very adventurous – I had tomato soup, which was fine followed by salmon ravioli and king prawn in a sun-dried tomato sauce. Ravioli was obviously not home made but it was OK. With a bottle of South African Sauv Blanc, about £22 each. General verdict is OK for a casual evening meal but don’t expect top-class cooking.

Visited, April 2010.

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The Cock and Bull in Balmedie (north of Aberdeen, great beach) is getting a good reputation for its food and we went for Sunday lunch. On Sundays they do a carvery, with a selection of roasts – not my favourite so I settled for the limited menu of alternatives. Starter was excellent Cullen Skink (smoked fish soup) followed by fish and chips. Fish was super in a light crispy batter but chips were disappointing – just cooked and a bit flabby. Worth revisiting, I think, when there is a regular menu. About £14 for 2 courses.

Visited, April 2010.

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The Broadstraik Inn in Westhills was the first of 3 pubs in the north-east that we visited. We had an evening meal there with friends – starter was goats cheese and beetroot salad – good but rather too much followed by calves liver and bacon, which I asked for very rare. To my surprise it was. House wine was awful though and their cash register was buggy and replicated things on the bill. Good atmosphere and OK food but stick to beer.

Visited, March 2010

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