Depending on which golf course you play at, you might be looking forward to the post-round meal more than the golf itself! Your swing might let you down, but the meal afterwards most certainly won’t.
Your home club’s burger and fries might be a delight, and the club sandwich isn’t bad either, but these golf club restaurants are that little bit extra special – not unlike the courses themselves. Here are 8 of the best golf restaurants in the UK.
Gleneagles offers some of the best fine dining experiences in Scotland, with Andrew Fairlie being the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars.
Golfers will find themselves in dreamland during their stay at the five-star luxury hotel, spa and golf resort, and picking a restaurant is no easy task. However, Auchterarder 70, named after the hotel’s original phone number, is hard to beat.
Sharing snacks include cod goujons, glazed chicken wings and lamb kebabs. Don’t order until you’ve given the chilli dog serious thought, or the sliders, or – well, have a look for yourself, here…
Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport
Picture the scene: you’ve closed out your round with a birdie on Royal Birkdale’s final hole and you’re heading to the Longhurst Room for the confit duck leg dressed with homemade black pudding.
That would be some finale; and the bread and butter pudding with marmalade sauce and vanilla ice cream would just top it off. What’s more, you can enjoy all this spectacular cuisine while overlooking the iconic 18th hole.
Be sure to check out the Golfers’ Bistro Menu for one or two other mouth-watering favourites. Bookings are required in advance.
Tandridge Golf Club, Surrey
The question is not whether you’ve played this Harry Colt beauty – it’s fantastic by the way – but whether you’ve sampled the club’s lunch? The ‘Tandridge Lunch’ is served in the dining room and offers four courses of traditional British food.
Starters include seafood and fresh soup, before the focus turns to the heavenly main – comprised of three roasted joints and a wide selection of fresh vegetables.
However, the club is immensely proud of its pudding – so leave room, because it’s been a club favourite for over 30 years. Why? Well, it’s a traditional steamed pudding crammed with fruits, spices, brown sugar and golden syrup, served with custard or cream. Sounds good, right?
Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire
The quality of Sunningdale’s bacon sandwich offers a little teaser as to what’s to come later on. However, be sure not to overdo it at the halfway hut, which is surely a contender for Britain’s finest.
The Old and New are two of the best inland courses in the UK and should you combine both in a day, you’ll burn off enough calories to justify treating yourself to a hearty meal.
Sunningdale’s traditional carvery lunch is hard to beat. You can choose to go relaxed, or opt for something more formal. There are plenty more contemporary dishes to sample, too.
Swinley Forest Golf Club, Berkshire
There’s no better place to enjoy a view of Harry Colt’s masterpiece than in the upstairs dining room with a glass of something nice. Go one step further and settle down for a magnificent carvery, before finishing off your day with a delicious dessert.
Visitors are welcome during the week – via prior arrangement and subject to availability – but it’s one for the ‘must play’ list, or put another way, ‘must play and eat’.
Prestwick Golf Club, Ayrshire
Willie Park Sr. and Tom Morris Sr. must have enjoyed many a satisfying meal at Prestwick, as they shared Open Championship victories during the tournament’s early years.
Today, golfers are spoilt with some fine flavours in the Cardinal Lounge, which provides a relaxed setting. Meanwhile, the more formal dining room is where you can sample a hot contender for ‘Golf’s Best Buffet’. Club selection on the course is hard enough; now you have to face some serious questions on the menu…
Bovey Castle, Devon
Smith’s Brasserie uses fresh local ingredients and produce from Devon and Cornwall and has been awarded one Rosette by the AA for its culinary excellence. The fine dining tastes extra special as you sit back next to the roaring fire and take in the views across Dartmoor National Park.
Elsewhere, the Great Western at Bovey Castle is an award-winning, 3 AA Rosette, Art Deco restaurant which echoes of a bygone era. How does the roast loin of Bovey Estate venison sound? Or, poached fillets of Dover sole with chilled grapes and lobster cannelloni? Check out its sample menu, below…
Celtic Manor, Newport
Steak on Six, located on the sixth floor of Celtic Manor’s five-star hotel, is one of a number of excellent restaurants at the 2010 Ryder Cup venue.
The 2AA Rosette restaurant specialises in succulent steaks and offers spectacular views over Coldra Woods from the glass surroundings. It ticks a lot of boxes – certainly for meat lovers.