Scotland’s natural beauty doesn’t always have to involve a long trip north or west. Some of the finest spots are within easy reach of the city.
That’s the case with today’s Big Deal, offering an afternoon tea or two course meal with wine at the Lomond Park Hotel in Balloch, a mere hop and a skip (OK, a brief train journey) out of Glasgow.
With summer approaching, this Big Deal would make an ideal day out.
Dinner or afternoon tea
This Big Deal has five options. Option one is for a two course meal for two people at Raffles restaurant within Lomond Park Hotel with a glass of wine.
The following four options are various afternoon teas to enjoy. Option two is for a traditional afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes for two served with Larios Gin or Larios Rose with tonic or lemonade.
Option three is for a savoury afternoon tea for two which includes sausage rolls, pakora, chicken bites, onion rings and mozzarella bites in addition to the traditional afternoon tea offerings.
Option four is a traditional afternoon tea for two served with Larios Gin or Larios Rose with tonic or lemonade plus a bottle of Prosecco to share.
Option five is a savoury afternoon tea for two with a bottle of Prosecco to share.
The first option of this Big Deal, the two course meal with wine, will be served in Raffles Lounge within Lomond Park Hotel.
The menu combines contemporary cuisine with some traditional pub classics, using seasonal and locally-sourced produce where possible.
Dishes on the menu include chicken enchilada, macaroni cheese, steak pie and beef or veggie burger.
Balloch summer day out
Located on the banks of Loch Lomond, Balloch is a scenic spot for a day out and easy to get to from Glasgow.
It is a versatile base that should tick most of the boxes for a satisfying break. Shopping at the Lomond Shores and Loch Lomond Factory Outlets is perennially popular, and nearby Antartex Village offers a host of shoes, clothes, fabrics and Scottish souvenirs.
Sightseeing cruises on the loch are available from Balloch, and local attractions include the Aquarium Sea-life Centre and Balloch Country Park.
For the big city connection, trains into central Glasgow leave every half hour, taking just 45 minutes.
Many happy guests have passed through the doors of Lomond Park Hotel.
Recent reviews on their TripAdvisor and Facebook page (edited for length) say:
‘Quantity and quality was great. We had one coffee and one tea, both good and plentiful, 4 cups of tea in the pot. Each had prosecco, given glass and prosecco was opened at the bar and poured into teapots, for ease of topping up, and it works, two full glasses each. Food was served on a large square plate instead of a tiered rack but you won’t leave hungry, there was plenty.’
‘Had a delicious meal with friends on Friday. I had the prawn tempura with sweet chilli dip for starter & the chilli burrito. Both were delicious! The service was fab as were the cocktails! Very reasonable! Keep up the good work.’
Available all week
Valid seven days a week until the end of July, there’s plenty of opportunity to take advantage of today’s Big Deal.
Enjoy a meal or afternoon tea in the summer sun in bonny Balloch.