A celebratory week

Well, I’ve did it!! At the beginning of the week I turned 40 but have to say it has made no difference whatsoever to me except having a lovely day.

Anyhow prior to celebrating my birthday I headed to the House o Hill Hotel on Saturday night to celebrate that great poet Rabbie Burns with my husband and friends. This is the third year that I’ve managed to get tickets for this fantastic evening and if you are in the area or are a local then I highly recommend going next year. Not only is the food fantastic but so is the company but be warned you will be in tears with laughter!

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Monday was the day that I did indeed turn 40 and as both my husband and I took the day off work, we decided to head out for lunch. I had planned to head somewhere new to eat as there have been a number of new establishments that have opened in the area in the last six months. However when I looked them up I discovered that not a single one was open on a Monday. I was indeed disappointed but not to be beaten we went to one of our favourite places and headed to the Selkirk Arms Hotel. We arrived rather late as joined the A75 at the same time all the traffic appeared from the Irish ferry but we were optimistic and got there with ten minutes to spare. As well as the Selkirk having their normal menu they also had a 2 course lunch for £12. This menu will change on a regular basis as it’s an opportunity to try some new dishes ahead of the next full menu launch in March. Two meals jumped out at me straight away from the 2 course menu which was the  BREAST OF PHEASANT with pomegranate & lemon cous cous, orange & apricot sauce and then the BRAISED OX CHEEK with mashed potatoes, savoy cabbage and red wine jus. I love pheasant but have never had Ox Cheek and I was not disappointed by either. We had a fantastic meal and can’t wait to return to try other dishes on this menu. A great choice for my birthday lunch!

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