The owners of The Woodside are the same company behind the very popular Riverside in Dunblane and The Allan Park in Stirling.
On the main road from Stirling to Callander and beyond to Glencoe and the north, The Woodside is the perfect place for a pitstop for those on a Highland road trip.
The Woodside was once a hotel that had seen better days, so stepping into the recently refurbished lobby is a welcome surprise. The interior is bright and warm, with real wood flooring, furniture and accessorised with natural materials.
The new Woodside has proven very popular but despite the rush of guests, the staff are attentive and nothing is too much hassle. We were fortunate to be taken care of by the manager, who was thoroughly charming and helpful. He added positively to the experience and is a credit to the venue.
Traditional gastro pub-style cuisine is given an extra layer of taste and sophistication here. From sourdough bread starters to truffle oil on the fries and a hint of marscapone in the king prawn risotto. The dishes hit the mark every time.
We ordered Isle of Skye king scallops to start and they came on a bed of black pudding. They were soft, salty and perfectly cooked while the black pudding added a perfect peppery kick. The slow-cooked beef featherblade was melt in the mouth and came with truffled mash and was very moreish, while the king prawn risotto was not only delicious but could have fed at least four people.
The place was packed but didn’t feel overcrowded, but was very warm and inviting on a dark night.
Portions are sizeable and for two people with three course plus soft drinks, the bill came to £80, which felt pretty reasonable.
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