It is a lengthy period of time since I have dined at The Broadstraik Inn, Westhill, Aberdeenshire. I decided to give this Westhill Pub a try for some pub grub at a lunch time earlier today after hearing it was under new management; and to ‘test run’ whether or not this was “Everything a True Scottish Pub should be!“.
For those of you who are not familiar with The Broadstraik Inn, it is situated in the heart of the North East of Scotland. It is located 8 miles or 20 minutes drive west of Aberdeen on the outskirts of Westhill. The Broadstraik Inn is surrounded by a landscape of rolling hills and forests, and lies midway between the beautiful Royal Deeside & Cairngorms region and the North East coastline.
This is very accessible and google step by step directions can be found by inputting postal code AB32 6TL. If you wish to access from Aberdeen, it is perhaps best to so from the west end of the city passing by Hazlehead Park and Aberdeen Crematorium on the way out to The Broadstraik Inn. It is well sign-posted to Westhill from the west end of Aberdeen.
The new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (bypass), which is currently under construction, will mean The Broadstraik is even more accessible. The Broadstraik is located a short distance from the about to be built Aberdeen Football Club new Kingsford Stadium, which will have a capacity of 21,000 spectators. The construction of the new football stadium could put a lot of business The Broadstraik Inn and The Fourmile House,Kingswell way during and after construction.
Externally, The Broadstraik Inn remains unchanged. The Broadstraik mixes the old with the new, with a modern twist. This includes an open fire for the winter and tartan furnishings which give a ‘Scottish’ feel and look to this Westhill Inn. There is a large lounge, spacious back bar and the restaurant has ample space to cater for a large number of diners at any given time. The toilets could be done with tender loving care and attention.
I arrived at 2pm accompanied by my 4 1/2 year-old daughter, Lillie, and one other. We managed to get a comfortable window seat whereby we could watch the world go by whilst we ordered, awaited and consumed our food and drinks. We were met with a warm welcome and staff had a knowledge of drinks we ordered on the previous occasion we visited “The Broadie“. We were provided with great service in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
The choice of food was extensive to include poultry, meat, sea food, pastas, salads, vegetarian dishes, for example. There is always something on the menu or special board, which caters for all tastes and special requirements. There was ample selection of starters, main course and deserts.
Due to the time of arrival, we could order from the bar menu, daily specials board or from the restaurant menu. In addition, Lillie’s food order was taken off the very reasonably priced kids menu, which offered two courses for £7.50. Lillie order garlic bread and was provided with two large pieces that was accompanied by salad. This was followed by proper chicken fillets and chips; and sticky toffee pudding with ice cream. These were large portions and I am most surprised that Lillie managed to do so, which speaks volumes for how good her food was.
The two adults ordered a combination off the special of the day board and restaurant menu. This consisted of garlic bread, potato and leek soup, tempura prawns and duck with spring onions, cucumber, plum sauce and wraps. This was accompanied by some draught beer and white wine. We also ordered the cheese board, which I feel is one of the best I’ve had in the N.E. of Scotland. The only restaurant to rival this cheese board is No.10 Bar and Restaurant in the west end of Aberdeen.
The bar food at The Broadie was very well presented, of a very good quality and reasonable value for money. We did not have to await too long for our food and staff were very attentive. We had no complaints whatsoever and thoroughly enjoyed this lunchtime dining experience at The Broadstraik Inn, Westhill, Aberdeenshire. The bill came reasonably to around £70 (including tip) for three of us, which included six drinks and a bottle of pinot gregio white wine.
I did not have sufficient time to confirm if The Broadie was “Everything a True Scottish Pub should be!“, but I have no hesitation recommending pub grub at this Inn in Westhill. As for the The Broadstraik Inn Restaurant for fine dining in an evening, this is still very much on my ‘to do’ list. I am optimistic after today’s positive experience, so look out for my Broadstraik Inn Restaurant Review in the weeks ahead.