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The Most North Down of all Meals

It was Christmas eve and while the ham was slowly cooking and the sprouts were preparing for their yearly outing we decided that we would head to Cultra Inn for a wee pre Christmas treat. 

Cultra Inn is in the grounds of the five star Culloden Hotel, I'm not 100% of it's origins but it's definitely a period building. There's a warm welcoming feel to Cultra Inn, the exposed low beams and open fire create a cottage feel. The staff are all decked out it traditional Harris Tweet from head to toe - all in keeping with the theme. 

We arrived around 12:30pm and were immediately informed that there was a wedding taking place at 3:30pm so we had better eat and run - we were happy enough with this as after all it was Christmas Eve. There was a festive set menu that included Christmas favourites as well as some other usual dishes. I decided that because over the next few days I'd probably be sick of looking at turkey and ham I would go for something a little different. I opted for a starter of bruschetta with Fivemiletown Goats Cheese and an 8oz steak served as an open sandwich.

The starter came quite quickly (I think they were trying to get us moving). My bruschetta was served on the most annoying plate ever. Thin and long not giving me enough space to cut the bruschetta and if I picked it up the tomato topping fell straight on to the table. Maybe something for them to think about changing. The food itself was great. The Fivemiletown Goats Cheese with strong and the bread was nice and soft. We waited a long time for them to clear their starters to the point where one of our party had to grab a waitress. Anyway, on to the main, I ordered my steak medium rare and it came perfectly cooked accompanied by a basket of chips and a small ramekin of peppered sauce. One thing to note is the portion sizes are huge. I like my food and I had to have a few breaks before I finally polished it off. The beer battered thick chips were beautiful. The peppered sauce in contrast seemed to lack a kick.

The meal overall was good but not amazing. I would definitely go back for the ambiance and surroundings but the food was typical pub food. There was a special kids area with toys, games and DVDs playing on loop so if you want to go somewhere where the kids can be entertained this could be a good shout. 

Price wise it was grand - not over the top but what you'd expect for the standard and quality of the food. Soooo North Down!

Stevie McIntyre