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[John O'Groats] The Old Schoolhouse

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[John O'Groats] The Old Schoolhouse

smtucker | May 29, 2008 07:52 AM

The final night of wedding celebrations was spent as a family at the Old Schoolhouse. The entire restaurant had been reserved, and a special buffet meal was prepared for the evening.

The owners of the restaurant warmly greeted the 60 people as they arrived, telling stories about the food and themselves. The woman who purchased the building was originally from Staffordshire, and was planning to retire to France. Searching the internet, she found a house she wanted to buy and was off to take a look. Well, this house was in John O'Groats, not France. She was quick to acknowledge that she is geography challenged.

Though this was a banquet style dinner, many of the items are on their regular menu. They were particularly proud of the chicken stuffed with duck and the pork stuffed with venison. Cold side salads had ample mayo, as is the style in this part of Scotland. The roast beef was from Mey, a nearby town.

The cooking at this restaurant is simple and honest. Sauces are made with pan dripping, and the flavors are of the principal ingredient [mostly the protein.] Though not prepared for this meal, the owner's son is very proud of the soups he makes for most meals. They are collecting old recipes from the area, and using the ones that they think will work for the modern palate.

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