Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Dinner at Titchfield's, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

I’ve been to Titchfield’s a number of times for breakfast/brunch/lunch and had been dying to go back to try out dinner. I wanted to go and do some boring household shopping in Dunelm & I knew I needed to entice Mr EmmaEats to come along, so what better way than the promise of food… So off we went to Titchfield's. If you follow my feed you know that I do love this place and this visit certainly didn’t disappoint (in fact, dare I say it, it even exceeded my expectations).

We arrived around 5.30pm on a Thursday evening and the restaurant wasn’t very busy so we had the pick of seats. We were given both the food and drinks menu and our very friendly waitress went through the nights ‘specials’. Our waitress went into great detail with each dish and the most common word used when describing the food was ‘local’ - they are all about using local produce. I just love the emphasis that they put on this.

Whilst the dinner menu may not be overly extensive, between that menu and the specials you have so much to choose from. And then there is also the market menu which is served Monday - Thursday from 5pm onwards (2 courses £12 and 3 courses £15). Check out the photo below to see how extensive the specials menu is.

As I had done a bit of eating out this week (and have another meal out planned) I just decided to go for a main course. Mr EE went for a starter and a main. So for starter Mr EE went for the Oxtail Slider from the specials menu. This was quite a big portion for a starter. I had a sneaky taste and both Mr EE & I loved it. It was so full of flavour.

For mains I went for the plate of Ayrshire Lamb which is described as a celebration of new season lamb from Jim Nisbet at Sorn Mains Farm, braised lentils, roasted root vegetables, lamb sauce. I also ordered a side of rosemary & smoked paprika hand cut rooster fries. I can certainly confirm that it was a celebration of lamb, the dish was so tasty, everything about it was perfect with just the right amount of sauce, the veg was cooked to perfection as it still had a ‘bite’ to it, the lamb was so tasty and cooked to my liking also. The portion was very generous. My hand cut fries were delicious and tasted just like my mother's homemade chips (and that is a real compliment). Again this portion was very generous - I’d actually say the portion was huge.

Mr EE went for the fish and chips. The fish on the day we visited was haddock. Mr EE loved his dish, like me he can sometimes be funny with fish but he really enjoyed this. I had a little taste of it too and I thought it was delicious. We decided against dessert and just had coffees instead. The coffee here comes with a lovely little square of brownie - which is delicious. Food rating 4.5/5.

Service is exceptional here. There were two waitresses working and both were very helpful. It was so refreshing to have a waitress who was able to talk about the specials, and not only able to talk about it, she was so knowledgeable about it. I felt that the staff had time for their customers, in that I mean there was no running over to a table taking an order and getting away as quick as possible. Neither were they hanging around, they just seemed to have time for us, the customers. Service rating 4.5/5.

I love the look of the place, it’s minimalist, clean and fresh looking. When we first went in there wasn’t many tables full but we were there quite early. However, while we were there a good few people came in which created a great buzz about the place. I really like the atmosphere here, there is such a chilled and relaxed feeling here. Atmosphere rating 4/5.

The total of our meal was £44.10 and this was for 1 starter, 2 mains, 1 side, 1 bottle of sparkling water and 3 coffees. This is amazing value for the quality and quantity of food. Everything is so fresh and tasty and the extra bonus is that where possible it is locally sourced food. Price rating 5/5.

Last Words
WHAT CAN I SAY … I love this place and I think that even if you don’t live in Ayrshire you need to make your way down to Kilmarnock to try out this gem of a place. Everything about this place is practically perfect. Total rating: 18 out of 20.

Date visited: Thursday, 20 October 2016

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Emma mai xx

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