With a one-year-old who drops off to sleep at 7.30 p.m. prompt wherever he is, dinners out have become a thing of the past for me.
So I’ve became a lady who lunches – albeit lunches that involve chasing after a cheeky wee boy – and last week managed to notch up three lunches out in five days.
Friday’s dining was at Lauries Bar in Laurieston with my good friend Adele. The long established bar and restaurant closed two years ago but has been bought over by Janet McAlpine and son Eoghann.
On our visit, despite only opening last month, the restaurant was busy with patrons taking advantage of the two courses for £7 lunch offer.
The menus change daily and all the food is home cooked, the type your mum would have made you.
Some mums that is – my mum struggles to heat beans.
We opted for the steak pie and macaroni cheese and both were fantastic. The macaroni was accompanied by salad and homemade chunky chips, while the steak pie, made from the meat of Wm Holleran & Sons down the road, arrived with chips and seasonal vegetables from Polmont suppliers W. Wilson & Son.
Clearly Lauries Bar hold using local produce in high regard and the proof is in the pudding. Literally. Even the puds are local – no bought in frozen rubbish here.
I’d usually opt for a starter and main when getting a two- course lunch, but we were tempted by the speciality cheesecake desserts from Sorocha’s in Grangemouth.
The delicious bite-sized cakes, served with ice cream and sauce, were available in Drumstick lolly, Mars Bar or bourbon flavour and were a delight. The Drumstick and Mars cakes were incredible, and the bite-size the ideal end to a lovely lunch.
Manager Eoghann explains: “We know there are a few places that offer two- course deals but we want to stand out and give customers top quality and real value.
“We get as much locally as possible – our chips arrive here as a bag of dirty spuds.”
I was surprised at the quality for the money, with fish and chips, homemade burger and full Scottish breakfast also on offer that day.
The evening menu also changes daily and last week included starters of haggis parcels, breaded mushrooms and Chicken Balmoral, seafood pasta and sirloin mains.
The service was friendly, no-one seemed to mind me wearing out their carpet chasing after my son, and the food fantastic. Lauries Bar has definitely been added to my lunches out repertoire.