A meal with an Ochil view

The Springkerse View
The Springkerse View
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Before visiting The Springkerse View I didn’t ponder much about its name.

The view, however, is one I definitely approve of and so is the food.

The skyline above the Forth Valley is one I could look at all day long and being so close to the Ochil hills while enjoying a nice meal is an added bonus for one who likes to spend hours exploring them.

Indeed, I took my seven-year-old daughter hillwalking up the Alva Glen the day before until she got bored and demanded we descend immediately after our picnic.

She was only too happy, however, to follow her uncle Martin and myself into somewhere there is lots of food, drinks and desserts and a big play area she could run around in with other children without needing hiking boots.

The family restaurant/bar is part of the EatingInn chain and is one of the better ones I’ve eaten in recently.

As anyone with kids will know, finding somewhere for dinner and keeping them amused at the same time isn’t easy so the play area is a Godsend when they get fed up with the colouring in sheet that comes free with the kids’ menu.

We were seated at the window looking right on to the start of the Ochils which only seemed like a stone’s throw away. Lovely. The decor inside is very modern with a traditional feel thanks to rustic and pastel colours and, if my visit is anything to go by, it’s a popular place for families.

The restaurant’s location is perfect as, in addition to the view, there’s a nearby retail park and I spotted a few hungry shoppers coming in with bags full of newly purchased goodies.

There’s a lot of choice on the menu but I was in the mood for something homely in keeping with the surroundings so I opted for the lentil soup, while Martin chose haggis fritters. The soup was hot and tasty accompanied by a big chunk of bread, which I had to eat in a posh manner due to its size. It was just too big for dunking.

The fritters were also crispy, tasty and not too spicy with their sauce I was assured.

Steak pie with chips was my choice of main course and I was delighted when the tender meat crinkled apart when prodded by my fork, while Martin’s medium steak Balmoral was cooked to 
order.

The chips were lovely and crispy and while the vegetables were fine, I’d like to see these types of places be a bit more adventurous with the presentation.

Louisa chose her favourite fish fingers and beans and they were shoved down with military precision so she could dash back into the play area to find her new pal Caitlin.

Martin wolfed down a large Eton mess without breathing for his sweet but I struggled to conquer a chocolate fudge sundae as I was full to the brim.

I have to compliment the service which was welcoming and, crucially, efficient.

Lived up to expectations.

The Springkerse View, Springkerse Business Park, Stirling. FK7 7XH. Telephone (01786) 446092 or log on to

ww.eating-inn.co.uk for bookings.

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