Tuesday 1 November 2016

Dinner at The Newmarket, Ayr, Ayrshire

I had visited the Newmarket shortly after they opened, I think they had only been open around 3 weeks and thought it was lovely. So when friends suggested that we meet for dinner in Ayr I immediately suggested that we go to the Newmarket. We were once again given a lovely warm and friendly welcome and shown to our table. Once seated we were given the drinks and food menu.

The first thing I noticed was that the menu was different from the last time, with a few new additions and some dishes taken off the menu. It is still a very extensive menu and takes some time to look over. For starter three of us went for the BBQ beef with chorizo crisps & chorizo crumbs and one went for the roasted red pepper and coconut filo tart, tomato coulis. I had the BBQ beef and what really sold the dish for me when I was looking at the menu was the amount of times chorizo was mentioned, for me, this wasn’t the case, there was probably too much beef on my plate and not enough chorizo. However the beef was melt in your mouth and delicious.

For mains we went for the slow roast lamb shank with dauphinoise potatoes & red currant & rosemary jus; pan seared sea bream with bombay potatoes, curried cauliflower, crispy kale & raita; 8oz Sorn Mains ribeye steak with creamy mash & peppercorn sauce, the boys had the steak and had asked for fries instead of mash. We didn't go for any side dishes and I'm glad that we didn't as the portions were very generous. The boys really loved their steak and they were cooked to their preferences (med/rare & med/well done). The sea bream got thumbs up. I had the lamb shank and I thought it was nice, I don't think I was particularly blown away by it, but it was still nice all the same.

We decided to be really bold and have dessert, well three of us decided on dessert (& clearly I was one of the three). Two of us went for the homemade banana marshmallows with profiteroles, chocolate & toffee sauce and then there was one for apple, cinnamon & raisin crumble with custard. I had the banana marshmallow for two reasons, firstly it sounded so unusual and secondly I just love marshmallows and I can tell you the dessert did not disappoint - it was the winner of the night for me. It was so tasty - everything worked really well together. The crumble also went down a treat. To top it all off we had a number of coffees. Food rating: 3.5/5.

Service here is very friendly. Food is brought out promptly but not too quickly either. I think we were there for nearly three hours and didn't feel rushed to get out. Service rating: 4.5/5.

As I’ve said before, this place is lovely, really warm and welcoming. It was a cold, miserable Sunday night but it was lovely and cozy inside the Newmarket. I really love the interior of the restaurant, it is really well decorated. There was a number of other tables occupied which created a lovely buzz about the place. Atmosphere rating: 4/5.

The total cost of of meal was £135.05 and this was for a sparkling water, a glass of wine, a bottle of cider, 4 coffees, 4 starters, 4 mains & 3 desserts. I thought this was great value for the food. Price rating: 4/5.

Last Words
I really like this place and as I’ve said before it is certainly a welcome addition to Ayr. The staff and the restaurant in general has such a welcoming feeling about it. It is somewhere that I definitely think you should visit. Total rating: 16 out of 20.

Date visited: Sunday, 23 October 2016

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Emma mai xx

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