For the 2nd week running, we ate in Stonehaven. The Tolbooth last week and this week, the Carron – a remarkable Art Deco restaurant. Be careful not to mix this up with the other Carron Restaurant in Stonehaven – the fish and chip shop that invented the deep-fried Mars Bar.
Reflecting Stonehaven’s deep-frying tradition, we started with an unusual deep-fried dish – Beetroot in Rosemary batter. It was absolutely delicious – very light batter and soft flavoursome beetroot. We had a little bit too much but took the leftovers home and reheated them for lunch the next day.
Next course was local lobster. The menu was ‘Lobster Mornay’ – with a cheese sauce but the restaurant offered it plain with garlic and butter. I stuck with the menu choice which I think was a mistake – the sauce was rather cloying (and the nasturtium flower just pretentious). But the lobster was fresh and tasty – I think plain with butter would have been just right.
No pudding – we were too full.
The food in the Carron was very good – outstanding beetroot but overall perhaps the Tolbooth just has the edge. It’s a bit cheaper than the Tolbooth – even with expensive lobster, it worked out at just over £30 each. with a bottle of Picpoul de Pinet between 3 of us.