I recently popped North and visited Ayrshire in Scotland where I stayed at the gorgeous luxury Trump Turnberry hotel. As you all know, when visiting a new place or staying at a hotel, I need to find the best places to eat and drink. I’m a food fiend that is always looking for that next amazing place to dine at. Trump Turnberry had lots of amazing places to eat, which meant you didn’t have to go far.
I’m sharing with you all the places I dined at during my two night stay at Trump Turnberry. I can assure you, it will leave you wanting to visit for yourself!
1. The Halfway House
The Halfway House is often used as a stop off point for the golfers, to get a refreshing drink or a quick sandwich in the midst of them playing. However, for the non-golfers it is the perfect spot to have a stroll from the hotel, across the luscious green golf course and have an alfresco experience. Nothing really beats sitting by the water under the sun, having a nibble and an ice-cold drink for lunch.
I was so hungry by the time we got to the Halfway House, I actually forgot to capture what we ate. However, it was one of the nicest ‘toasties’ I have eaten. It was made with beef, caramelised onions, cheddar and mustard served in crusty yet soft brown bread. Deeeeelish!
2. Duel In The Sun
The Duel in the Sun is the restaurant based in the Club House of Trump Turnberry. It’s suited opposite the hotel at the bottom of the hill. It’s where all the golfers go to get set up for a day of golfing, but on the top floor is the casual steak and grill restaurant. Of course as it faces on to the golf course, it makes for the most idealistic sunset views.
Zoe and I started with a light starters of tomato and red pepper soup for myself and salt and chilli squid for Zoe. The soup was fresh and flavoursome, which was rather warming after a some what chilly day. Zoe gave me a double thumbs up regarding her squid, but as i’m not much of a seafood I declined her offer to try it.
Zoe and I both love steak, so we already knew what each other would be ordering for our mains. The sirloin steak was cooked perfectly, even with it cooked well done for me, it rather delicate still. It was served with a handful of greens and some slow roasted tomatoes. As much as we love having the odd naughty chip from time to time, we ordered an extra side salad to share between the two of us.
Understandably after such a big steak and having had a starter too, we were both too full to have any dessert but they looked really good, especially the Oreo cheesecake.
3. The Grand Tea Lounge
Afternoon tea is something I have a lot of in London, so I don’t often opt to have it when I travel. However, when you are having a relaxing trip as apposed to a adventure filled one, there is nothing wrong in a bit of down time over afternoon tea. It was also great to see the Scot’s take on the quintessential afternoon experience.
We kicked things off with a glass of Trump’s sparkling wine, blanc de blanc to be specific. I mean, an afternoon tea isn’t complete with a touch of bubbles to start. Am I right? 😉
Trump Turnberry know how to add theatrics to the experience, which definitely excited us. The tea selection is brought over on a trolley with a large silver tea pot that held liners of hot water. How unique!
Zoe and I were both intrigued about the Nutty Chocolate Assam that had chocolate, vanilla and creamy hazelnut flavours. It was described to taste like a praline truffle and it tasted just like it too! It was by far their uniquest tea blend and it was throughly enjoyable too.
On the bottom tier were the savouries. I had the fish and pork sandwiches replaced for chicken and tomato with pickle sandwiches. Zoe had the salmon brioche and crab bun which was replaced for me. There was also an egg and mayo bun with oats on top and a cheese and onion pasty.
On the second tier there was the sweet treats. There was a raspberry and chocolate bomb, that had a delicious cream inside. A salted caramel eclair, a double layered chocolate cake, a single macaron and a quad of nutty and spiced tarts. The tarts reminded me of the festive season and were rather delectable and moreish.
The top tier presented a delicious slice of fruit cake and carrot cake, which is traditional to Scotland. Just perfect!
At the very end, out came the fluffy plain and raisin scones that were served with clotted cream and fruit preserve. Just the ideal way to wrap up the afternoon.
The final dining experience I am sharing with you was that 1906, Trump Turnberry’s fine dining restaurant in the heart of the hotel. The concept behind 1906 is bringing the land, sea and sky around us together and present classic, flavoursome and divine dishes.
The interiors are elegant and were dressed with crisp white table clothes, with a full layed out placing on each table. My favourite part of the setting was the branded wine glasses. A real classic!
After the bread arrived, we popped open a bottle of prosecco and clinked glasses to what had been a fantastic trip to Trump Turnberry.
We were ready to order our starters. Zoe ordered the ‘Sound of Kilbrannan Scallops’ with were made with watercress pureé, chicken crackling and wild peas. The scallops were confited in butter instead of being seared. I had one of Zoe’s scallops and I was really impressed by how fresh they were and not fishy at all.
I ordered the poached British asparagus which was served with confit duck egg, hazelnut and truffle vinaigrette. The asparagus were cooked perfectly and complimented the duck egg so well. The truffle provided a light smell but with intense flavour.
We started things light again, before going in for a meaty main course. I ordered the fillet of Scotch beef, which was served with potato Boulangere (similar to Dauphinoise potatoes, but lighter), tender stem broccoli and Madeira sauce. The beef was cooked perfectly and the Madeira sauce brought the whole dish together adding flavour to both the broccoli and potato Boulangere.
Zoe went for the roasted wood pigeon which was served with beetroot pureé, game pie and pomegranate jus gras. I know Zoe is a huge lover of game, so this was right up her street. The meat was cooked rare but it melted in your mouth along with a burst of many delicious flavours from the added garnishes.
Good food, amazing service, divine views and delicious beverages makes for a happy duo of luxury travel bloggers.
Zoe and I were both immensely full, but we just couldn’t say no to dessert. We wanted to enjoy it without feeling full, so we kindly asked our waitress if we could have the desserts come out 20 minutes later than normal. She happily agreed. This meant we got to savour and enjoy our desserts, without leaving on extremely full stomachs. Great service 1906!
I tucked into a chocolate log filled with delicious cream, served with vanilla ice-cream and fresh passionfruit seeds. Indulgent, but not heavy and incredibly satisfying.
I got extreme dessert envy when Zoe ordered the tiramisu, as it is one of my favourite desserts. Luckily, I did get to try some. It was light, fluffy and oh so good. The sponge was so soft, the mousse was silky and the chocolate was rich and decadent. I wish I could go back to Trump Turnberry for the food alone!
Overall, we had four amazing dining experiences at Trump Turnberry. It was more than I ever expected it would be in terms of the food, but i’m really glad it surpassed my expectations in a very, very positive way.
Until next time…
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