Wander a little bit out of the centre of Montrose and you’ll find the Park Hotel, situated on the beautiful Mid Links with stunning floral gardens.
Walking into the hotel we were warmly greeted by all the staff and taken to our table by one of the most polite waiters I’ve ever been served by in any restaurant.
For my starter I had the beautifully presented juicy king prawns with parsley, chilli, a timbale of lemon rice and salad. On the menu this is sautéed with garlic butter, but the staff were happy to oblige and cook it in oil for me due to my dairy intolerance.
My fiancé ordered the nachos - a big bowl of tortilla chips, topped with mixed peppers, jalapenos, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. He said there was a good kick from the chillies without it being too overpowering.
I was initially going to order a salmon and asparagus dish for my main course, but when I spied cod wrapped in parma ham on the special menu, I changed my mind instantly.
When it came it was a generous portion of flaky cod that fell apart with the touch of a fork. The saltiness of the parma ham worked beautifully with the light sweetness of the fish. This is a combo I’m going to have to recreate at home. It was served on a bed of crunchy mangetout and topped with a flavourful tomato sauce.
The chef cooked this in oil rather than butter for me again. If you have an allergy don’t be afraid to ask for small changes to your meals, most restaurants will happily accommodate, and the Park Hotel definitely did.
For his main my fiancé ordered the mixed grill. This was a good-sized portion of lamb, which melted in the mouth; succulent, juicy chicken; thick cut tender gammon; and a steak. He enjoyed the grill but felt the steak, which he had medium-rare, was a little on the chewy side.
Both our main courses came with the option of chips or potatoes and salad or vegetables.
I went for potatoes, which were coated in the most delicious marinade, and vegetables, while my fiancé went for chips and salad. The food was so good we were unable to fit in dessert but both said we would definitely go back again to try the Park’s selection of puddings.