When the weather’s cooperating, take a seat outside in the garden around the outdoor fireplace and watch the chefs at work over the Big Green Egg.
Smart denim, sturdy boots and a cashmere jumper will do perfectly in the Stables.
Meals at the Bonnie Badger are served in the Stables (no prizes for guessing what the space used to be) – the soaring ceilings, fur throws and grand fireplace lend a sense of occasion, so you may be confused by the seemingly simple menu. Don’t be. It’s all a clever ruse to make you think you’re getting humble pub grub, then the food arrives and knocks your socks off. For instance, ‘ham, egg and chips’? It’s slow-cooked, flaky ham hock on the bone with buttery scrambled eggs, pineapple salsa and thrice-cooked puffs of potato. The ‘burger’? That’ll be Wagyu beef from the Highlands cooked over a Big Green Egg barbecue. See what we mean? This is passionately sourced, hyper-local and seasonal food hiding behind unassuming ‘this old thing’ monikers.
It may be tough, but save room for breakfast. You’ll be plied with locally sourced cheese, smoked fish, fruit, home-baked bread and petite pastries – but that’s only the beginning. The second course is cooked-to-order: eggs, bacon, sausages or the full Scottish, which comes with a tattie scone.
No dark and dreary pub, the friendly Broc Bar is where locals come to play pool, watch sports and nibble on Tom’s ears – the crispy, salty pigs ears that serve as moreish bar snacks. There’s a changing daily menu of soup, sandwiches and home-baked treats, or order anything from the Stables menu and they’ll happily serve it to you here. Try a whisky flight if you’d like to taste the local drams – they range from £10 to £300 (the latter finishes with an incredibly rare 40 year old single malt from Scotland’s West coast). Classic cocktails, like Southsides and Martinis, sit alongside whiskey concoctions like the Sweet Smoke Peat, made with 16-year-old Lagavulin. Oenophiles will delight in the long wine list, divided into sensory categories like ‘Light & Fruity’ or ‘Earthy & Savoury’.
Breakfast is from 8 to 10.30am; lunch in the Stables is noon–2.30pm; supper is 5pm–9.30pm on weekdays and until 10pm on weekends. The Broc Bar is open 10am to midnight every day.
There’s no room service, but given the extra-generous breakfasts, the surplus of scones at the free afternoon tea, moreish bar snacks, hearty suppers and home-baked treats left by your bed at turndown, we can almost guarantee you’ll never go wanting.