Just a half hour drive outside of Edinburgh city centre, in the small village of Pathhead, is one of the most charming Scottish hotels I’ve ever had the luxury of staying in.
My sister and I, were invited along to The Stair Arms Hotel after work last Friday for a girly overnight trip. Situated along the main road, the hotel has a very cosy, country feel to it which makes for the most idyllic and peaceful setting. The ideal stop for passing travelers and locals.
Family run, The Stair Arms has recently been refurbished, staying true to its Scottish heritage in the capital with chic tartans and grand chandeliers, the rooms have a real luxurious feel to them. Upon arrival we were greeted with the roaring warmth from the log fire and the friendliest staff, who just couldn’t do enough for us.
Once checked in, we quickly threw our bags into the room and headed straight down for dinner.
The food in particular was outstanding. The menu was bursting with creative and elegant dishes, using only fresh local ingredients. The home made bread rolls and dip in particular were a highlight and there was a whole other menu just for vegetarians and vegans – which did not disappoint.
The cauliflower steak with mushroom potatoes, carmalised onions and carrot puree was heavenly and the mac n’ cheese with vine tomatoes and garlic bread was the perfect hearty, comfort food. We decided to share the chocolate brownie sundae for dessert – only because we brought our entire weight combined in snacks for a Halloween movie night in.
The interiors are nothing short of fabulous – traditional meets modern. The Stair Arms have a range of rooms available, all very spacious and cosy. Check out the next day is at 11 am, perfect for those who enjoy a long lie.
Packed up, we headed down for a glorious traditional scottish breaky (vege options available also) and a wander around the grounds, a peaceful awakening to our day.
The Stair Arms also cater for weddings and with the experience of their wedding coordinators, can cater to any type of wedding.
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