I’ve briefly mentioned The Grandtully before. We Stayed at Ballintaggart East End Cottage last year and ventured there for dinner. Ballintaggart Farm was was high on our places to go back to list, but it was fully booked so we went with The Grandtully. It’s all part of the same thing so you really weren’t gonna go wrong. Check out my previous post here. Be warned this is mostly going to be dedicated to all the incredible food because it really is the star of the show and the heart of what they do.
The Grandtully Hotel by Ballintaggart, boutique hotel in the beautiful Pethshire countryside. Rooms start from around £150 per night, some have roll top baths some don’t. It’s family run, with home grown food and local Scottish produce. We had a standard room without a bath (they had all been snapped up) Lovely comfy beds, spacious and all the amenities you need.
The food is what brought us back, that and the need to escape to the Scottish countryside for a short relaxing break. There isn’t a dish we didn’t like and believe me we ate more than I would like to admit. Everything was so good we just couldn’t help ourselves.
Breakfast is included in your stay, start with a choice of porridge or granola. Then move onto a full scottish or the breakfast special. The star of the breakfasts was the porridge, I realise how boring that sounds but it’s the best you’ve ever eaten. Each day the toppings change but generally they are a fruit compote and a complimentary nut. The granola is also delicious, so much so we purchased a few bags to take home.
There is also home made sourdough toast with home made jam and marmalade. The marmalade again was so good a jar made its way home with us. All their breakfast bits like jams, granola etc are home made and sold in the shop.
Cooked choices were great too, did you really need a second course, no. It was all just too good not to.
Nibbles and small plates can be eaten through out the day or along side your meal. We tended to sit outside in the sunshine sampling the gin and working our way through the delicious selection of snacks. There was everything from olives and sourdough to haddock scotched egg, charcuterie and salt and pepper squid. My favourite starter was beetroot with blue cheese, hazelnuts and creme fraiche, literally incredible.
Throughout our stay we tried everything from fish to burgers and the freshest langoustine. Everything was perfect and I loved that you could build your dish with delicious sides. We opted to share sides. A firm favourite was baked cauliflower with maple, almonds and crispy kale. It was so good we asked for the recipe.
We without a doubt love the Ballintaggart experience. The Grand Tulley Hotel is comfy and so relaxed and friendly. They can’t do enough for you and the food is just incredible. You’ll want to try everything and you’ll want to go back. Due to COVID everything isn’t quite back to normal, e.g. the farm and cooking classes, that said we didn’t feel like we were missing out in anyway and still had the best stay. I am certain Ballintaggart will be that place we will continue to return to.