It’s been a bit of a pressured time in the Barrie household of late, as both of us are extremely busy in our respective workplaces. Mr B especially has been doing a lot of extra hours, we’ve had a few guests at weekends (which has been lovely), and I’ve been busy with sorting out last minute holiday preparations for our Dutch road trip (which we are currently enjoying – check out my Instagram!), so it’s been all go here. However we did manage to get away for dinner, bed and breakfast for Mr B’s birthday (he’s still the ‘right’ side of 30, but only just!) a couple of weeks ago.
We have been to The Anderson in Fortrose a few times before. Each time I intend to take my camera to get some nice shots, but unfortunately I only managed one shot of our room before I promptly forgot about it, so apologies for the phone snaps in advance. Quirky is definitely the right word for this place, with mismatched furniture, alongside patterned wallpaper, ornaments, random collected books and weird/wonderful wall hangings. I like it though! Our en-suite room was comfortable and included our own coffee maker.
It’s a real experience, and if you’re an ale or whisky aficionado, this is the place for you. We unintentionally booked our stay at the same time as their weekend Belgian Beer Festival, but strangely enough, there were no complaints from Mr B!
The waitress gave us a decent amount of time to choose our dinner. We both needed it as there was so much choice that it was difficult to make decisions. However these tasters of fried tortilla and tomato salsa did a good job of pacifying our appetites.
Mushroom Starter (6) Sauted mushrooms with garlic and sundried tomato, sitting atop a tattie scone
A brief interlude for a top up of Belgian beer….
Amalfi Meringue (6) with lemon curd, lemon sorbet and vanilla icecream
We enjoyed the rest of the evening, nursing our expanded tummies, accompanied by the sounds of the Jukebox and the banter of the host, Jim.
We chose to have a late breakfast and we both chose an American take (alternatively you can choose English or Scottish). Mr B’s burrito went down very well (though wasn’t exactly photogenic due to be being full wrapped in the tortilla) and my soft french toast came accompanied with bacon, potatoes and fried egg. A very indulgent treat for Mr B’s birthday weekend and we didn’t need to eat anything until much later that day.
Unfortunately due to the unpredictable nature of scottish weather, our plans to have a leisurely walk around Fortrose were well and truly scuppered, so we retreated to Inverness for a morning of shopping before Mr B had to return to work.
Fortrose is a 20 minute drive from Inverness, which makes it a great place to have a special meal out, or make a whole night out of it! The Anderson comes very highly recommended, and next time, I’ll take better pictures!