Dinner at Butchers Steak & Grill
Sumptuous meats aplenty are available at an award-winning Elderslie restaurant. Paul Dickson and some very special guests sampled its wares for your delectation.
When I told Paul, our vegetarian editor, that I wanted to review the Butchers Steak & Grill, he understandably chose to sit this one out. Instead, I decided to take my stepson Andy, 17, a steak aficionado and champion eater. Hearing I was taking Andy out for dinner, my seven-year-old son Evan insisted he joined us, which meant we could try the kids’ menu too.
Widely recognised as one of the best on the west coast of Scotland, Elderslie Butchers has won many awards for quality, service and creativity, including the 2018 Diamond Award for their burgers. The prized meat is shipped in from a few doors along and served in their award-winning restaurant.
The restaurant is modern with vintage touches. Our warm booth had plenty of space. A glass-fronted walk-in fridge resembling a butcher’s trophy cabinet displays various cuts of meat. The sirloin, ribeye and T-bone steaks are dry-aged in-house for a minimum of 45 days and served on the bone.
Evan went for the 5oz rump steak and chips on the kids’ menu; great value with two courses for £6.95 and three courses for £8.95. Andy loves his steaks, he cooks them to perfection at home and lets us try a wee bit. He picked the 12oz ribeye (£23.95) which was served with chunky triple-cooked chips, onion rings, roast vine tomatoes and a flat cap mushroom. The look on Andy’s face as he took the first bite said it all – pure food heaven. I find it hard to resist a burger, so I chose the Butchers beef burger (£10.95) and added cheese and bacon. Without doubt one of the finest burgers I’ve tasted.
Naturally, we then had to look at the dessert menu. Evan picked the ice cream sundae from the kids’ menu and polished it off with a bit of my help. Andy went for the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream (£5.95) and claimed it was the best sweet he’d ever had. I chose the seasonal (pear and apple) crumble with vanilla ice cream (£5.95) which was delicious.
The food at Butchers is of the finest quality, the ambience is perfect and the staff make you feel at home. Every dish we picked was excellent value. Lad’s night was a roaring success.
Butchers Steak & Grill, 133 Main Road, Elderslie, PA5 9ES, 01505 336 710. This review was published in Mill issue 3, January/February 2019.