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The Orangery Restaurant, Seamill Hydro, 39 Ardrossan Road, Seamill, West Kilbride, Scotland

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It is not often that my husband and I can go out for dinner with friends and walk to and from the event, so it was rather nice when we met with Jill and Paul who had suggested we go to dinner at The Orangery restaurant in Seamill Hydro. The hotel has recently undergone a major extension and refurbishment, so we walked down and arrived a little early to have a drink before dinner in the well appointed pub where I had a fine choice of gins.

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When we met up with our friends in The Orangery we were seated with them in a booth where we studied all three menus: the regular menu, the vegetarian/vegan menu and the wine menu. The fellows each had a beer, Jill chose a small house wine and I went with a soda water and lime after my earlier gin.Orangery 1

For our meals, we all chose different things. Jill and Paul shared a mixed fish starter while my husband chose a haggis starter and I had the temura vegetables. For our mains, My husband went with a steak, unfortunately this was a bit cooler and more cooked than he had ordered. Jill chose chicken, Paul had a vegetable pasta and I ordered the asparagus and mushroom risotto. My meal was delicious, but very filling. orangery out

Only my husband chose a pudding, a chocolate and icecream desert. The rest of us all had coffee. It was a lovely meal, except for my husband’s steak: the environment was fine, although the service was a big slow. Still, I would give The Orangery another try.

Val Penny

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The Waterside, Ardrossan Road, Seamill, Ayrshire, Scotland,KA23 9NG

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I went to the  restaurant the Waterside, Ardrossan Road, Seamill, Ayrshire, Scotland for lunch with friends today.  I had previously been for coffee when it opened in 2011 and had been disappointed.  However, I had been told it had improved.  It had need.

The interior of the restaurant is beautifully designed.  From the moment you walk through the door at the Waterside there is an immediate wow factor at this stunning, bar and restaurant.  It also has a wonderful water’s edge location with panoramic views out to the Isle of Arran in the River Clyde and extensive menu choice to suit every palate.  However, as a vegetarian, I have to say the choice is sparse, although the quality of the food is good.

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The design is based on stunning Cape Cod, New England, style and makes for an interesting place to dine out or simply relax and unwind after a busy day at the office. When the sun is shining there is no better place than the private garden and covered veranda area where a delicious alfresco food is available throughout the day.

Today I had the vegetarian fajitas followed by a chocolate fudge sundae.  My friends had a variety of beef and chicken dishes followed by lemon meringue pie and warm chocolate pudding.  We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals.  The service was courteous and timely.  All in all it was a lovely afternoon and I will go there again.  The cost for lunch was above average for this area, being £22.50 per head, including drinks.  However, the Waterside experience affords customers the chance to watch meals being prepared through the kitchen’s open pass.  Other culinary features include the Robata grill and fresh fish ice display.

It is lovely to have somewhere special to dine locally. I look forward to using the Waterside again and highly recommend it.

Valerie Penny

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