Those of you who know me will know that I love good pub grub. So when my husband and I were invited to review the recently opened Cookhouse and Pub in Kilmarnock I jumped at the chance!
Chris and I have moved to East Ayrshire a few months ago, and have spent a lot of our time sampling the local restaurants and pubs (more reviews coming soon!). At first I was absolutely convinced we’d miss living so close to Glasgow, but we really haven’t. Although if we do it’s only a forty minute bus journey away!
Cookhouse & Pub Kilmarnock
The Cookhouse & Pub tag line is ‘get together’, and they really do go to a lot of effort to make the place as cosy and welcoming as possible. It’s really family friendly and would be a great place to go for a big family Sunday lunch (not least because they do a Sunday roast menu!).
To start, I had the chicken liver pate with bloomer bread and fruit chutney. Chicken liver pate is my all time favourite starter, I am absolutely obsessed with it (and have been known to make my own!). The pate was really delicious, and the perfect portion size.
Chris started with the prawn cocktail (one of his favourites!). He thoroughly enjoyed it, and I had a little taste and thought it was very tasty. The sauce was perfectly tangy.
Chris has been desperate for some chicken in a BBQ sauce lately, and so he went for the smothered chicken for a main course. ‘Grilled chicken breast in BBQ sauce topped with streaky bacon, Cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Comes with garlic bread, chips and a mixed salad’. He loved it, although was really stuffed afterwards, and I managed to finish off the garlic bread (obsessed with garlic bread!).
I had the fish and chips with mushy peas for my main course (great pub classic!). Was a good size, not too big, and the chips were amazing. I ate the lot. No regrets!!
The dessert menu at the Cookhouse & Pub is ENORMOUS. There was so much choice. Chris got the apple crumble and custard (he literally went crazy for it!) and because I am the most indecisive person in the world, I got the trio of mini desserts which included lemon mousse, the chocolate mud pie and a mini apple crumble. Delicious!
I have to also give a special mention to the amazing staff at the restaurant. They were all so friendly and welcoming, especially our server Nicola who was incredibly attentive.
If you are looking for great pub food in a friendly atmosphere I highly recommend the Cookhouse. Chris and I will certainly be going back!