This was my first time to the Snow Goose Inn, while Kirsty has been a number of times before with family and friends, so we were both looking forward to a meal there.
The Snow Goose Inn is just a mile east of the city centre, and is located on land once known as Stoneyfield Farm. It’s right next to a Holiday Inn Express, so extremely handy if you’ve been travelling far and don’t want to head into town for dinner after you’ve checked in!
It was previously been known as The Coach Inn and was once part of the Raigmore estate owned by the Macintosh family. The Snow Goose Inn itself is deceptively large inside, as the dining areas are adjoining rooms that lead on from one another. The refurbishment now means the Snow Goose Inn sports new furniture, carpets and lighting throughout, with both modern and classic furnishings which does achieve a nice vintage finish. I liked the combination of picture styles in this gallery wall-esque display, and the low hanging lights over some of the tables. In some areas you have the classic cottage ceiling beams and a couple of roaring fires definitely evokes the feeling of warming Highland hospitality.
Despite being mid-week, there was a decent scrowd of festive diners and small groups, alongside locals who had popped in for a pint.
We however were looking forward to perusing the menu – a double sided list of sharers and starters, pizzas, burgers, signature and classic main dishes. There was so much choice, and we had both deliberately had small lunches so that we could enjoy a couple of courses.
Perhaps in hindsight we should have chosen different dishes to get a better overview of the food on offer, but we both opted for burgers.
I chose the Wagyu burger (premium beef, specially bred for its unique texture and mouthwatering flavour, served in a brioche bun with onion chutney and triple-cooked chips. Just behind the burger was horseradish and watercress salad which certainly packed a peppery punch! I feel it’s a bit redundant describing the beef as meaty, as you would hope that would be the case, but it really was a good quality burger.
Kirsty chose the 7oz British beef burger (in a brioche bun with smoked cheddar, ginger-beer glazed thick-cut streaky bacon and triple-cooked chips.
Kirsty rated the sweet potato fries very highly, as well as the bacon, which was more like gammon than bacon, given the thick-cut nature of it!
We both agreed that brioche buns are always a winning choice and the accompanying sweet onion chutney was also really good, so we were both happy with our main courses!
After some breathing space, we perused the dessert menu and made our choices. Kirsty went for a slight twist on the classic- Sticky toffee and apple pudding, surrounded by a bowl of custard. It came out piping hot, and although perfectly nice, didn;’t quite capture that classic ‘Sticky Toffee pud’ character.
I can’t resist carrot cake, so the carrot cake cheesecake was my choice. It definitely was a good hybrid dessert, though I perhaps would have prefered slightly more of a carrot cake base and less cream cheese topping.
That said, we were both happy with our meals generally and it was a relaxing place to spend an evening!
I managed to get a decent shot of one of the fireplaces, complete with wood pile and stag antlers – you can’t get much more Highland than that!
Thanks to the Snow Goose Inn who invited me to have a complimentary meal and for providing the exterior photos. I was happy to post a review on my blog as a thankyou. All opinioins are my own, as well as the interior and food photography.