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[Thurso, Caithness] Park Hotel

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[Thurso, Caithness] Park Hotel

smtucker | May 29, 2008 08:35 AM

We ended up eating three meals at the Park Hotel: two breakfasts and one dinner. The food at this hotel is all locally sourced, and the providers are listed on the menus.

My DC and I each had the same breakfast each day. The first day was good, the second day was exceptional. The hot portion of the meal is cooked to order. There is a table with cereals of all kinds, yogurt, bread with a toaster and four types of juices and guests helped themselves.

For my breakfast, I chose the smoked haddock with poached egg. The first day the haddock sat in the runoff water of the egg, so the second day I asked to have the egg in separate bowl. The haddock was wonderful. What a great breakfast protein! The DC chose the scrambled eggs with bacon and tomato. Her plate must have had four of the fresh eggs, and the danish bacon, though salty, was very good. The bread selection was a little pedestrian, brown or white, but the cereals included a porridge and mueselix mixes.

We opted to eat at the hotel on the final night, tired from a full day of walking beaches and town trails. I chose the fried haddock, breaded not battered [you had a choice] while the DC chose the grilled lamb steak special. The fish was extremely fresh and well treated by the chef. Simple and delicious. The accompanying chips were acceptable, not as crispy as I like. There was no way to finish all of them though since the portion size was absolutely huge. The salad was a totally bland bowl of white lettuce, and did not match the quality of the rest of the meal

The lamb was delicious. I have never seen lamb served this way. Two 1 inch slabs of meat, grilled quickly and then served with a wine reduction sauce with herbs. The meat rested on simple mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Due to the cooking method, the lamb was still a little chewy, but the flavor was amazing. This was an unexpected dish and worth having again.

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