I had heard good things about The Shore so we decided that’s where we would drop anchor last Friday night.
First impressions were favourable – it’s lively, warm and welcoming with classic cream and deep red wall colours to go with the expensive-looking oak furnishings, the centrepiece being a large fireplace, above which sits memorabilia from golfer Stephen Gallacher - he’s old friends with owners Ian and Marilyn Murtagh.
We were seated in a comfortable window booth and soon feasting our eyes over an impressive menu so full of tempting dishes that it was hard to choose just one.
So while we did that Karen took up Marilyn’s recommendation of a glass of Malbec - a beautiful, soft Argentinian red. If I wasn’t driving I could easily have ordered a bottle.
Starters for me were the king scallops on Islay black pudding, warm tomato jam and a pea puree with a strip of crispy pancetta – it tasted as good as it sounds.
There were four each of the scallops and black pudding and it was very filling, but there was no problem whatsoever stuffing it down.
I chose the pulled pork burger for my main and while it’s a messy eat, it’s well worth the mild inconvenience. It’s a tall fella stacked with 4oz of grilled pork loin topped with BBQ pulled pork, lettuce, tomato, onion rings, relish and coleslaw with a side of hand cut chips.
The pork was melt-in-the-mouth, the BBQ sauce beautiful and the rest of the combo accompanies it perfectly.
After two generous portions, I really swithered over dessert but eventually plucked for the chocolate fudge cake.
Despite being another sizeable portion, it was lovely and light with plenty of rich chocolate sauce to soak up the sponge and a sublimely-rounded dollop of white vanilla ice cream that Ben & Jerry would have been proud of.
Karen and my daughter Louisa had garlic bread, chicken liver pate, fish and chips, chilli and lemon king prawns and mint choc chip ice cream.
I was most impressed with the pate. It’s one of the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s deliciously soft and the onion chutney that comes with it is fruity and sweet.
You’re paying city prices for some of the dishes in The Shore - but it’s definitely city quality you’re getting on your plate.
I’ve no hesitation in recommending you visit.
195 Carronshore Road, Carron