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Kirkcudbright (Kirr-coo-bree) and the Selkirk Arms

Uncategorized | August 6, 2011 | By

Kirkcudbright is a little fishing town in Dumfries & Galloway.  It is about 30 miles from where I live, it’s called the ‘artists town’ you can read more about the Artists Town HERE.

Each summer they hold an exhibition in the Town Hall which is of national significance.  Last year it was paintings by the ‘Glasgow Girls’,  this year the ‘Glasgow Boys’.  As it is also Mr Farmer’s birthday this weekend, we went to see the exhibition with our friend, Avril,  and went out for lunch to the Selkirk Arms.

No lovely pictures of the harbour or sights in the town because it was a bit grey and wet, but I did take photos of our lunch!

Cullen Skink, Chefโ€™s contemporary version of a classic Scottish dish. Sauteed potatoes, Smoked Haddock Fillet, leek compote, poached egg and all topped with hollandaise sauce

 Avril and I chose the Cullen Skink,  it was delicious, the fish cooked to perfection and the cubes of potatoes just soft enough.  Topped with the poached egg and hollandaise sauce, some of my favourite things!

It was served with a really good side salad full of strips of carrot and beetroot and tasty black olives.

Fillet of Scottish Salmon on a spring onion potato cake with a rich lobster cream 
Mr Farmer chose the salmon which he enjoyed, he had seasonal vegetables with his fish rather than the salad.
Baked Alaska โ€“ Vanilla ice cream encased in a light meringue served with a blackcurrant compote
There was something odd going on,  Avril and I chose the same dessert as well!  We both fancied the Baked Alaska and it was a good choice. The icecream was good and still frozen under the meringue.  We both enjoyed it very much.

A selection of Scottish Farmhouse Cheese and Biscuits
A selection of local cheeses including Loch Arthur Cheddar, Loch Arthur Criffel and Lanark blue served with marinated grapes and apricot relish

Mr Farmer went for the cheese,  he particularly enjoyed the Lanark Blue which was creamy with a real tang.

Overall it was a very good meal and with drinks came to around ยฃ25 per head for lunch.  Service was excellent, the staff friendly and efficient.  So if you happen to get a chance to visit Kirkcudbright I would highly recommend a visit to the Selkirk Arms.  However,  I would recommend that you book as it is very popular!


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    August 6, 2011

    Oh my that looks delicious Janice. I think I@d have gone for the Cullen Skink too!

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    August 6, 2011

    Mouthwatering and yummy – glad you enjoyed it – good choices. x

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    August 7, 2011

    Happy Birthday Mr Farmer! Lunch looks like it was fit for a king so I am sure he had a great day of it ;0)

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    August 7, 2011

    Mmmm, I'd have had difficulty choosing between those two main courses, I suspect – both look lovely!

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    August 7, 2011

    I have been waiting for this post, but as much as I like the desserts, I want pictures of the place and talk of the exhibition ๐Ÿ™

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    August 7, 2011

    I love the presentation of the food, it looks really interesting too!

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    August 8, 2011

    Marvellous marvellous Cullen Skink! Makes me homesick ;-(
    Sounds like a really enjoyable evening!

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