“An elegant castle setting for classic Roux cuisine” - AA Inspector
BLANTYRE, SOUTH LANARKSHIRE
Our Inspector's view
Not far from Glasgow, Crossbasket was conjured out of a much older castle in the 17th century, complete with crenellated façade and spiral turret staircases. An elegant dining room of pale yellow wallpaper, a winter fire and linened tables under an ornate gold-leafed plasterwork ceiling, offering superb views over the gardens, is a refined backdrop for a Roux operation, père et fils, in which the classical French dishes are finished with some innovative touches. Jerusalem artichoke velouté comes with chestnut cream and artichoke crisps, while torchon of duck liver and braised pig’s head is accompanied by Sauternes jelly and truffled brioche. At main course there might be roast fillet of Orkney beef, short rib and cheek with heritage carrots and bone marrow jus, or fillet of wild Scottish halibut with crisp confit chicken thigh. Desserts range from Yorkshire rhubarb with sour cream vacherin to carrot cake with praline cream, blood orange and carrot sorbet.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 30
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 15
- Cuisine style: Classical French
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Discover South Lanarkshire
South Lanarkshire offers some of Scotland’s best days out, with country parks, museums, activity centres, historic sites and walking trails to choose from.
Many of the area’s museums are a window into the county’s industrial heritage, the biggest claim to fame being New Lanark. Glasgow philanthropist David Dale first developed a cotton manufacturing plant and settlement at New Lanark in 1786, harnessing the power of the River Clyde as it roars over spectacular waterfalls. His son-in-law Robert Owen purchased the village in 1799. A pioneer of social reform, over the next two decades he established a Utopian society here – a model community with improved conditions for the workers and their families, complete with a school (with the first day nursery and playground in the world, it’s claimed), institute for adult education and co-operative village store. The site has been restored and added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites for visitors to learn about its history.
You should certainly muster your remaining energy for the walk upstream to the three waterfalls known as the Falls of Clyde. The deep gorge was inaccessible before David Dale saw the potential of the area, and the natural power that the water could provide.
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