The run-up to Christmas can feel like you are starring a pantomime. Usually one where you are lost in a wood with just a wicked witch for company.
For this Big Deal, we’ve waved a magic wand with the Marine Hotel in Troon to offer a magical dinner, bed and breakfast getaway.
Handily located at just 30 miles from Glasgow, the Marine Hotel, Troon has long been one of the gems of the Ayrshire coast. It’s particularly popular with golfers who love the fact that its Fairways Restaurant overlooks the 18th hole of the Royal Troon course.
Purpose built in 1894, the hotel was given 4 AA stars in 1912 and has maintained that rating ever since – the only Scottish hotel to have done so.
Available Sunday to Friday, this tranquil Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a relaxing overnight stay in one of The Marine’s standard double or twin rooms.
As well as a full Scottish breakfast in the morning, each guest will enjoy a three course dinner from the table d’hote menu in The Fairways Restaurant at the hotel.
2 AA Rosettes
The proud holder of 2 AA rosettes, The Fairways restaurant at The Marine Hotel serves modern Scottish cuisine. As well as overlooking the Royal Troon, it also has views to Arran – perfect for a clear, moonlit winter’s night.
The menu changes on a daily basis depending on the best produce that the kitchen’s suppliers can offer.
Typical of the menu might be starters such as the chicken, pork, and apricot terrine wrapped in Ayrshire bacon; the honey-whipped goats cheese, which comes with compressed watermelon, asparagus spears and a pea shoot salad with red wine syrup, or the confit of Gressingham duck leg slowly cooked in herbs and spices before being served with a salad of rocket leaves.
Braised feather blade of Scottish beef, slowly cooked in red wine with a pearl onion and thyme jus and buttery mash is a popular main course. Fish fans may prefer something along the lines of the roasted cod on crushed new potatoes with sauce vierge and root vegetables.
The choice of desserts might include a coffee and cinnamon panna cotta or the ever popular sticky toffee pudding served with a butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Supplements will apply to some dishes like the sirloin steak and cheese selection.
Finally, the Deal includes full use of the spa’s soothing facilities including the gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and solarium. Of course, you can also book in to the hotel’s Beauty Rooms to indulge in a spa treatment. Spa treatments are in addition to the offer and will be charged accordingly.
This lip-licking Big Deal would be perfect for a pre-Christmas celebration with a loved one. Valid until the end of February 2013, it would be ideal as a night to look forward to at the beginning of the year.
Naturally, it could be used as a Christmas present. Who wouldn’t want to be surprised by finding a getaway hotel break in their stocking?
The Marine Hotel in Troon has long been a hit with customers. This is what a recent visitor had to say:
‘Excellent break. Stayed at the Marine Hotel for two nights, it was very relaxing, the staff were all nice. We arrived to find our room upgraded and the view was amazing as well as the room being excellent. Breakfast was good with plenty of choice. We also had dinner on our first night which was lovely. Would recommend this hotel.’