Turkey or tatties? Whatever your taste, our festive menu tops the Christmas charts

By Colin Milne, head chef

If I was to conduct a straw poll about Christmas Day dinner among the regulars in The Ship Inn’s lounge bar, you’d think they would all give turkey their vote as their favourite festive food.

However, according to a more scientific poll conducted by a national supermarket, a roast bird isn’t top of the pops when it comes to whetting appetites – and nor is it a Christmas pudding.

Apparently, it’s the humble roast potato.

If you enjoy a roaster on your festive dinner table, then you should definitely pull up a seat at The Captain’s Table in December. We’ll be serving our seasonal menu throughout the month and you can be assured there will be plenty of tatties to go around.

The star of our show – roast breast of turkey – comes served with both boiled and roast potatoes, along with sausagemeat, chestnut and apple stuffing, pigs in blankets, skirlie, Brussels sprouts, and honey roasted carrots and parsnips.

But we know that not everyone wants a turkey dinner for fear it will take the shine off the main event on December 25. If you don’t want to spoil yourself ahead of the big day, you’ll also find braised featherblade of beef with Yorkshire pudding, pan roasted sea trout and wild mushroom, tarragon and roasted chestnut wellington.

For starters you’ll find soup of the day, my very own chicken liver pate with fig chutney, smoked haddock and ham hock gratin, and goat’s cheese with clementine and cranberry compote. You better have kept room for pudding – our desserts include Christmas pudding and salted caramel cheesecake, and ice cream from our favourite local shop, E. Giulianotti.

Perhaps the best bit about the menu – which is rounded off with tea, coffee and mints – is that we’re serving it for the incredible price of just £24.95 for the three courses. We also serve the same menu for pensioners – it’s smaller portions but this is reflected in the price of £16.95 for the three courses.

We’ll be serving the festive menu from December 2, right up until Christmas Eve, at lunch and in the evening. We hope to see you at The Captain’s Table.