Within a few hours of arriving in Scotland, I learned they are probably not well known for their culinary work. I know we are beyond spoiled here in the pacific northwest with exceptional craft beers, fertile vineyards, and some of the best talent in the culinary industry, but my first experience dining out in Scotland was honestly terrible. I asked some of the locals in Glasgow for advice, but no one had any solid recommendations. I decided to do a little research and find some hidden gems on my own.
As soon as I stumbled upon Fruin Farm, I knew I had to brunch there. Hiking Conic Hill was on my agenda for one of our day trips and Fruin Farm was only a few miles away. Coincidence? I think not. The timing worked out perfectly! We went to Fruin Farm for brunch, walked around the farm, then off we went to hike Conic hill. It was a actually my idea of the perfect day in Scotland! Brunch + hiking... Enough said.
When I saw the menu I knew I wanted multiple items but we were only able to make one trip to this restaurant. Naturally, I ordered 3 items with no shame or regret. We started with a few things to share then ordered individual entrees. We finished our brunch with coffee, tea, and scones. Everything was fresh, handcrafted, and flavorful. The eggs and meat were cooked perfectly and each course was beautifully plated and presented. I think it's also worth noting that the staff was welcoming, friendly, and made our visit even more enjoyable!
What we ate:
For the table to share
- Buttermilk pancakes w/ Smoked Puddledubbacon
- Toasted Homemade Bloomer and butter w/ Homemade Jam, Nutella, Banana
- Eggs Florentine: 2 poached eggs, buttered spinach & hollandaise sauce on toasted bloomer
- The Full Fin: Puddledub bacon, Stornaway black pudding, sausage, egg (as you like), tomato flat cap mushroom & toasted homemade bloomer
Can we take a moment to appreciate this healthy and vibrant egg yolk?! Ya'll know my obsession with eggs...
The animals were extremely friendly and most of them came right up to us. This fluffy sheep followed us up and down the fence and was happy to have six people petting her. I wish I had taken more photos of the farm. There are paths where you can walk around the farm and visit the sheep, goats, alpacas, and several other animals. The farm is wide open and has a view of Loch Lomond. Thankfully the weather was wonderful during our visit!
I'll admit that I had no intention of blogging ANYTHING from this trip. It was strictly a vacation. I didn't pack my big, fancy camera or seek out anything to post here on our website. The picture quality is lacking because of this and honestly most of these photos are saved from my Snapchat! These photos really don't do this quaint and charming farm justice, so you'll have to take my word for it that this place is truly a gem!
If you follow our blog, you know we bought a house a year ago and have been slowly decorating it. We just finished our kitchen remodel and our entire house has a boho-farmhouse inspired look. You can imagine my excitement when I walked into the restaurant and saw my style in every room! I was obsessed with the colors, textures, and every little detail. Even the light fixtures were perfect.
Know Before You Go...
- Check out the menu and hours online before you visit. They have limited brunch hours but it's SO WORTH IT. Reservations required on Friday and Saturday nights... Again, so worth it!
- Schedule a llama/alpaca walk or "Wee farmers farmyard tour" ahead of time if you want a more interactive/educational tour of the farm. We just walked around the farm by ourselves and that was good enough for us. If I were to go back to Scotland with our little kids, I would probably schedule something more interactive.