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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Kirkcudbright (Kirr-coo-bree) and the Selkirk Arms

Kirkcudbright is a little fishing town in Dumfries & Galloway.  It is about 30 miles from where I live, it's called the 'artists town' you can read more about the Artists Town HERE.

Each summer they hold an exhibition in the Town Hall which is of national significance.  Last year it was paintings by the 'Glasgow Girls',  this year the 'Glasgow Boys'.  As it is also Mr Farmer's birthday this weekend, we went to see the exhibition with our friend, Avril,  and went out for lunch to the Selkirk Arms.

No lovely pictures of the harbour or sights in the town because it was a bit grey and wet, but I did take photos of our lunch!
Cullen Skink, Chef’s contemporary version of a classic Scottish dish. Sauteed potatoes, Smoked Haddock Fillet, leek compote, poached egg and all topped with hollandaise sauce

 Avril and I chose the Cullen Skink,  it was delicious, the fish cooked to perfection and the cubes of potatoes just soft enough.  Topped with the poached egg and hollandaise sauce, some of my favourite things!

It was served with a really good side salad full of strips of carrot and beetroot and tasty black olives.

Fillet of Scottish Salmon on a spring onion potato cake with a rich lobster cream 
Mr Farmer chose the salmon which he enjoyed, he had seasonal vegetables with his fish rather than the salad.

Baked Alaska – Vanilla ice cream encased in a light meringue served with a blackcurrant compote

There was something odd going on,  Avril and I chose the same dessert as well!  We both fancied the Baked Alaska and it was a good choice. The icecream was good and still frozen under the meringue.  We both enjoyed it very much.

A selection of Scottish Farmhouse Cheese and Biscuits
A selection of local cheeses including Loch Arthur Cheddar, Loch Arthur Criffel and Lanark blue served with marinated grapes and apricot relish

Mr Farmer went for the cheese,  he particularly enjoyed the Lanark Blue which was creamy with a real tang.

Overall it was a very good meal and with drinks came to around £25 per head for lunch.  Service was excellent, the staff friendly and efficient.  So if you happen to get a chance to visit Kirkcudbright I would highly recommend a visit to the Selkirk Arms.  However,  I would recommend that you book as it is very popular!

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At 6 August 2011 at 22:38 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Your lunch looks amazing.......absolutely delicious!

At 6 August 2011 at 22:40 , Blogger Net said...

Oh my that looks delicious Janice. I think I@d have gone for the Cullen Skink too!

At 6 August 2011 at 23:07 , Blogger Hazel said...

Mouthwatering and yummy - glad you enjoyed it - good choices. x

At 6 August 2011 at 23:14 , Blogger chow and chatter said...

wow love this food classics with modern flare

At 7 August 2011 at 07:44 , Blogger tracy said...

very nice janice:) i'd go for the salad :)

At 7 August 2011 at 08:11 , Blogger Chele said...

Happy Birthday Mr Farmer! Lunch looks like it was fit for a king so I am sure he had a great day of it ;0)

At 7 August 2011 at 10:23 , Blogger Angelnorth said...

Mmmm, I'd have had difficulty choosing between those two main courses, I suspect - both look lovely!

At 7 August 2011 at 19:11 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I have been waiting for this post, but as much as I like the desserts, I want pictures of the place and talk of the exhibition :(

At 7 August 2011 at 21:53 , Anonymous Selina said...

I love the presentation of the food, it looks really interesting too!

At 8 August 2011 at 23:03 , Blogger MeLikeyUK said...

Marvellous marvellous Cullen Skink! Makes me homesick ;-(
Sounds like a really enjoyable evening!


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