The Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar - Review

12 June 2017

Last weekend we went on a little road trip to Scotland and stayed in the picturesque town of Biggar in Lanarkshire. Our first night was spent at the Elphinstone Hotel which is a traditional coaching inn that has a long history and goes back over 400 years. Today it is run by the Allen family who pride themselves on their locals and return customers.


We stayed in a family room which had a king size bed, bunk beds and an en-suite bathroom.  All of the rooms at the Elphinstone have flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access, hair dryer, ironing facilities and a tray with coffee, tea and a kettle so that after a busy day you can still enjoy a non alcoholic drink if you prefer.


The rooms were tastefully furnished with sets of drawers, a large wardrobe, table and two bucket chairs so no need to worry about storage especially if you are like me and always take too many clothes. Cleanliness was really good and all surfaces were spotless. I was also pleasantly surprised how big the room was, even if we had taken Gee there would have been plenty of room for her to play and chill out.


The tea/coffee tray was well equipped with tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits and you are also supplied with a bottle of water and two glasses. Bed and Breakfast comes inclusive with all room rates at the Elphinstone. 


The bathroom was bright, airy and meticulously clean with an overhead shower over the bath. The only slight problem was the toilet seat did not sit straight but this did not prove a problem.


Toiletries were provided in the bathroom and they had a gorgeous smell.


Lunch and Dinner menus are extensive and include lots of Scottish delicacies if you want to enjoy a taste of Scotland. We were so hungry the evening of our arrival. We had a busy day driving from Derbyshire and the lovely aromas coming from the kitchen were mouth watering. For my starter I settled for the Prawn Cocktail, one of my all time old fashioned favourites and it was delicious.


Hubbie chose Chicken Pakora, sliced chicken fillets in a Indian inspired batter which came with a tomato, mint and yoghurt raita.  He said it was so tasty and the raita cooled the spices down perfectly.


For my main course I chose the Roast Scottish Beef which came with a huge Yorkshire Pudding and vegetables. The beef was tender and the vegetables cooked to perfection.


Hubbie decided he wanted to try something with a Scottish theme and so chose the Fillet Rob Roy.  This dish is medallions of fillet steak which come stacked with black pudding and haggis served with a Drambuie and mushroom gravy. Now I am not sure what he was expecting but when he wants steak he really should not order something he knows nothing about. He was not struck on the gravy on his fillet steak but this was down to personal preference and nothing to do with the food.


After a restful nights sleep (the bed was extremely comfy) and a quick shower it was time for my favourite part of the day, breakfast. Once guided to our table we were immediately asked if we would like tea or coffee and this was most welcome.  Juices and cereals were displayed on a table so that you could help yourself.


There was also a breakfast menu on the table which you could choose from and all hot breakfast are cooked to order. Breakfast was delicious and I especially enjoyed the Tatti Scone a welcome addition to any breakfast.

Staff were so welcoming and only to happy to chat about the area. We would definitely visit the Elphinstone Hotel again if in the area, it is perfectly situated to visit places of interest in Lanarkshire and the town of Biggar is delightful.

Our visit was complementary but the opinion is entirely our own.

13 comments:

  1. Oh this looks so nice, but the food looks amazing. I hear so much about about Scottish food as I have scottish friends and I hope one day I get up there to try it for myself... I couldn't be much further away though, being down here in Devon!

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    1. I understand the distance, it was a long way for us but it would take you twice as long. I love Devon it is so beautiful down there x

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  2. I love the towns in The Borders, and their hospitality is always top notch. Looks like a lovely and welcoming hotel, with all that you would expect.

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    1. It most certainly was Jen, it was our first visit to Scotland x

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  3. This looks like a great place to go and visit. Being a massive foodie I'm loving the look of the meals that you had x

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    1. The food was excellent Lynne x

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  4. Looks like you had a great hotel for your trip, the breakfast looks so yummy x

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  5. I really want to explore more of Scotland. I've only been to Aberdeen and Edinburgh. I also love staying in places with a bit of history. This place looks lovely.

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  6. It looks like a fabulous hotel to stay in and the breakfast looks delicious. I really want to explore more of Scotland as fell in love with the country earlier this year

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  7. This sounds lovely. I love the look of the meals too! They look very tasty.

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  8. I've only been to Scotland this year and I loved it. I am looking for more opportunities to return, and Lanarkshire looks like a beautiful place.

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  9. This looks such a lovely hotel - the food looks absolutely delicious. I have never been to Scotland! Kaz

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  10. Looks really nice and comfortable

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