Friday, 17 May 2013

The Tippling House - Aberdeen

Following on from my last wee blog update, I thought I'd share the rest of our May day weekend. We decided to treat ourselves to a meal at The Tippling House on Aberdeen's Belmont Street. Their dessert menu boasts "PB & J - Peanut butter millionaire shortbread, rhubard jelly & banana ice cream" and seeing as I'm obsessed with peanut butter I was desperate to try it!

Forever 21 dress // Primark shoes & earrings

Last time I was in Glasgow I picked up this dress from Forever 21 and decided it was perfect for a night out with my fave. I wore it with my peace sign earrings from Primark as they matched the gold studs on the dress. In hindsight I should of bought this dress in the smaller size but hey at least there was room for my food baby! I wish I could say that The Tippling House lived up to my hopes but unfortunately not...

We started by ordering drinks - I opted for my usual cosmopolitan (I like to think I'm a Sex & the City girl) but was quite disappointed when it arrived. It tasted fine but was served in what I would call a brandy glass. At £6.95 per cocktail I was expecting the glass to be a little bit bigger than that! Anyway, not a massive deal, like I said it tasted fine so that's all that matters in the end. For his starter Gordon chose the lamb meatloaf which tasted absolutely beautiful!

I chose the woodpigeon for starter and the ribeye steak for my main course. Now it could be my naivety, I've never had woodpigeon before so not sure if it's always served so rare, but I barely touched my starter! It was so rare there was still blood coming from it and was pretty much impossible to even chew. Like I said, maybe I'm naive, but considering I asked for my steak to be "well done", you'd think the waitress might of thought to mention the fact that my starter would still be alive! "Oh you like your steak well done but the woodpigeon is served rare, is that ok or would you like to order something else?" would of done. I'd of been grateful for the tip off and picked something I would actually be able to eat! Oh and even the veg it was served with was solid and inedible!

My steak however was cooked to perfection and I couldn't fault this course! It was served on top of a bed of kale, spinach and shallots, and the most amazing tasting sweet potato hash brown. I asked for the tomato peppercorn sauce, which I wasn't sure of the sound of, but actually really liked!

And then onto pudding. The course I'd been looking forward to. The sole reason we had picked the Tippling House in the 1st place. I was actually excited to try the PB & J! Until the waiter brought the menus back to our table and politely told us they didn't have it. HOLY DEVASTATION. My face must of been a picture. The one thing that could of saved them from eternal damnation in my mind and it was gone! Instead I picked the Chocolate Blondie, hoping that it's white chocolate and fudgey goodness would make up for the PB&J situation. It didn't. Don't get me wrong, it tasted fine, but it was just that. Fine and no more, nothing special. Again I was a bit disappointed in the size - Gordon chose the same and you'd think they'd just sliced one brownie down the middle and given us half each haha.

Overall our experience at The Tippling House was disappointing and I wouldn't rush back any time soon. Last time I was there (just for cocktails) I really liked its unusual ambience & design so it's a real shame that the food didn't quite match up! Have you had a better experience here?


N.B. We've since had much better experiences at The Tippling House, see here and here!

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