Before we climed the 246 steps of The Wallace Monument I had a more important mission to accomplish... breakfast! The most important meal of the day! I will never ever skip breakfast, no matter what the circumstances. It kick starts your metabolism and fuels you up for the day. With a little bit of research (trip advisor) I decided we should stop off at The Riverhouse Restaurant, which is on the way to the monument.
It was a good choice if I say so myself! The front conservatory where we were seated was a cosy and cheerful setting. The sun was pouring in and the tulip displays brightened up the room even more. It wasn't all that busy but those that were there seemed to be on business. There's also a few tables outside so you can dine out in the sun if you fancy it.
I had my usual porridge with berries and green tea, while this guy fueled up with an epic Scottish breakfast. It had the full works - bacon, sausage, black pudding, haggis, eggs, tomato and tattie scones. He couldn't even wait for me to take a picture before he got stuck in!
The building itself looks like a series of conservatories all joined together... I can't think of a better way to describe it haha! It's set by a loch, with a view of Stirling castle and a myriad of wildlife living on the water/in the grass surrounding it. It's a pretty special location! You know you've made an excellent restaurant choice when you're greeted at the entrance by this...
It was also the perfect location to snap a few outfit pics of my new ASOS summer dress with the castle in the background! I fell in love with the sunflower print on this cami dress and ordered it asap. The swing shape is actually not that flattering on my erm... top heavy... frame, but I used an old belt to give it a bit more shape. A cropped jacket is also a good way to create the illusion of an hour glass figure so I added my denim version to the mix. Some simple black sandals and my beautiful baby Prada and I was good to go! Ready for a day of exploring (and eating.... ok, mostly eating...)!
ASOS dress // New Look denim jacket // H&M sandals // Prada Saffiano Tote // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses
The rest of the day was packed with activities (God I sound like a Step Brothers character!) - we visited the Wallace Monument, shopped and lunched in Bridge of Allen and had a little roadtrip to Loch Lomond and back. Gordon and I were so impressed with the Riverhouse Restaurant that we ended our day back where it began...
Well we had spied the dessert specials board in the morning! This time we were seated at the opposite end of the restaurant, with a gorgeous view of the loch glistening in the sunshine. No green tea for me this time, it was officially cocktail o'clock!
I had a yummy mango mojito which perfectly complimented my main dish. It was so long ago now that I can't even remember exactly what this was - some sort of Thai green curry with a trio of fish (monk, sword and...haddock, maybe?) and a mountain of tasty summer veg. Whatever it was it was beautiful! The fresh nutritious vegetables were a welcome sight after a couple of days of burgers, pulled pork and afternoon teas!
Predictably as ever Gordon had the fillet steak with chips and onion rings, sans sauce! Hey if it keeps him happy...
...and what makes him happier than a good old sticky toffee pudding?
I really don't get the fascination. It's just a sponge with toffee sauce! Anyway, I indulged my sweet tooth with a thick slab of sickly sweet yet moreish white chocolate cheesecake.
Heaven on a plate!
It turns out that the Riverhouse is actually a sister of the Glass House, Dolls House and Grills House restaurants in St Andrews! Places I've never been but they've been on my radar for a while now and I hope to visit soon, especially after such a good experience here on the outskirts of Stirling. If you're in the area you can find the Riverhouse Restaurant at The Castle Business Park FK9 4TW. We didn't book ahead for either visit but it was a Tuesday. I imagine they get pretty busy at the weekends!