Albert & Michel Roux Jr at Crossbasket Castle
- Telephone 01698 829461
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–2pm, 7–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon (restaurant only), lounge menu available 7 days a week noon–10pm, 2.30–4.30pm.
- Average price £30 (set lunch); £35.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.crossbasketcastle.com
Top-notch Albert and Michel Roux Jr restaurant in splendid 14th-century rural setting.
There are no subsidies in the culinary arts: no state-supported primary lessons in preparing julienne carrots; no chefs in residence commissioned to create free street food. Every restaurant is dependant on private patronage for its survival – so it is a great credit to all involved that in the UK we keep producing wonderful and imaginative chefs. Some of the credit for this must surely go to the Roux family, who, in the form of Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jnr, have just opened a restaurant in Crossbasket Castle outside Glasgow. It’s the second in the country for the pairing, while father Albert has five Chez Roux operations dotting the country. Crossbasket is a noble setting in which to showcase the skills of this high calibre stable. Head chef is Mike Matieson who, having worked alongside the family for years, has set the bar very high at the outset with a set taster menu that changes daily (a lounge menu is available elsewhere in the hotel). The seven-course journey opens with canapés in the bar and ends with petits fours on the balcony overlooking the Calder valley. In between are some perfectly executed French classics such as a labour-intensive lobster bisque, dishes that showcase Scotland’s larder (rack of Borders lamb) and exhilarating and joyful combinations (treacle cured salmon in a liquorice consommé served under a smoke-filled cloche) served in the ornate dining room. Of course all this comes at a price: the taster menu is £67 with £30 more for matching wines. But when you consider that more than 30 – sometimes highly complex – elements make up the full menu, it feels like an art form well worth supporting.
The five-year renovation of this 14th-century building into a luxury nine-bedroom hotel and wedding venue also unveiled a restaurant overseen by Albert Roux, son Michel Roux Jr and run by an award-winning executive head chef. The menu changes according to seasonality but expect exquisite, locally sourced options such as seared Orkney scallops, local celeriac, compressed apple and Périgord truffle, loin of Highland venison, braised shoulder en croute, poached Crassane pear and poivrade sauce, or perhaps wild Scottish fillet of halibut, crisp confit of St Brides chicken thigh, sprouting broccoli and chicken jus flavoured with tarragon. Finish your meal with Yorkshire rhubarb and sour cream vacherin or a selection of George Mewes cheeses served with Scottish quince jelly and damon jelly, oatcakes and fruit chutney.
- Private dining: Up to 250 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 9
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Soul and 70s classics
- Capacity: 18
- Largest group: 250
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
- House wine: £26 per bottle
Reviews & features
Albert & Michel Roux Jr at Crossbasket Castle27 Sep 2016
Albert Roux teams up with son Michel Jr to tantalise finediners on Glasgow's outskirts
There are no subsidies in the culinary arts. Every restaurant depends on private patronage to survive – one pretty compelling reason why the industry needs to keep producing top-notch chefs. Some of the credit for the UK's credentials in this are due to…