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Hotel Colessio: The Secret of Stirling

It is always nice to escape the city for a day and explore. Phil and I did just that this weekend with a trip to Hotel Colessio in Stirling. Situated in the historical heart of the city, the building is hugely imposing - a gorgeous Victorian mansion offering the finest in food, drink and luxurious breaks.

We were invited along to try their Sunday lunch in their newly refurbished Colessio Grill Restaurant.

The Location

Hotel Colessio is a stones throw from Stirling Castle, The Old Jail, Darnley's House and many of the historical landmarks the city has to offer. That makes it the perfect location for not only tourists, but locals looking to shop or pop for drinks afterwards. If you come from further afield, it is perfectly located between Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands offering you the ideal stay spot to explore.

I am sorry to say that despite its location, the hotel restaurant was empty. It may be because it was a glorious day or because word hasn't got out about the quality of its food. It certainly deserves more.

The Decor

The decor of the Hotel Colessio Grill Restaurant is luxurious. With a mix of tables and booths, I almost wished we had gone later on in the day when the sky as dark and the true beauty of the lights and booths would come to light. Mirrored walls and white drapes adorn the walls and windows, with gorgeous soft furnishings; no expense has been spared in showcasing the hotel's opulent nature.

The Food

I will start by saying the Hotel Colessio Grill Bar offers excellent value for money. With two courses for £16 and three for £20, the portions do no reflect the price - despite trying as hard as I could, I couldn't quite finish the huge plateful of Smoked Applewood Macaroni Cheese.

I chose this, which came with beautifully crispy chips, followed by a Lemon Posset with raspberry coulis and shortbread. Reader, I married it! Isn't Lemon Posset the DREAM?! If anyone has a good recipe, please let me know.

Phil opted for Lentil Soup, the Sunday Roast (beef) and cheeseboard. Both meals were delicious and everything you could want from a Sunday lunch. Coupled with a glass of wine each, we relaxed for a few hours and enjoyed the food. The picture does not do them any justice, but Phil's roast potatoes were THE fluffiest I have ever seen.

We had a sneak peek at the general menu and it was both huge and delicious. You can tell close attention has been paid to the sourcing of ingredients as the menu was laced with seasonal produce; Ham from Ayrshire, Mackrel from the North Sea and Smoked Cheddar from Arran...

The Drink

I was delighted to hear the house wine was Sangiovese which is my absolute favourite. We settled for a glass each along with a cup of Brodies 1867 Coffee. I had to limit myself, however, as the cocktail list was breathtaking; from Irish Old Fashioned, Passionfruit Gin Fizz and Mojitos to Disaronno Sours and Chocolate Martinis. If we had an hour or two more, I would have grabbed a room and set up shop at the bar.

And that really says it all about Hotel Colessio. The range of accommodation, food and drink on offer is impeccable. The luxury of the hotel is astounding. It is a hidden little gem that, when found, will be hugely successful. Just save me a table now and again will you?

With thanks to the Hotel Colessio and Dall Communications for a beautiful Sunday lunch for two.

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