The Bieldside Inn: North Deeside Road, Bieldside
MY ONGOING quest to find a pub in the North-east that does an outstanding Sunday lunch took me to the Bieldside Inn.
It’s been a pretty joyless quest so far, considering pubs’ propensity for serving over-cooked roast beef, rubbery Yorkies and cook-from-frozen roast potatoes.
To start I had the farmhouse pate with oatcakes (£4.95) and, as per usual, there wasn’t nearly enough oatcakes to go with the Parma ham-wrapped wedge of pate. Am I weird for not wanting to eat the majority of it with a fork?
My wife plumped for peppery haggis bon bons (£5.95), which were lifted up a notch thanks to the imaginative addition of neeps to the potato salad.
But you don’t want to hear about starters. How was the roast beef (£10.95)?
It was everything I wanted it to be. Moist and tender sliced rolled sirloin, homemade Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes with a golden crust and fluffy centre, perfectly cooked veg and rich gravy. The only fault I could find was that they didn’t have any horseradish to go with it.
My wife’s steak and Guinness pie (£9.95), which had hunks of beef shin and a buttery puff pasty lid so light that it was in danger of floating off into space, was delicious too but she was kicking herself for not going for the roast.
It looks like my Sunday lunch quest has come to an end.