Eat & drink near Windsor

The new menu at Macdonald Windsor Hotel's Scottish Steak Club was appropriately launched to the sound of bagpipes at a special gathering a few days before Burn's Night. Assembled guests were also treated to a tutored whisky tasting before dining on some very tasty prime beef cooked in the AA rosette restaurant's Josper Grill.

Led by Harwood Warrington, the group's Restaurant Operations Director, Scottish Steak Clubs continue to serve simple flavoursome dishes prepared using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Harwood introduced diners to the various cuts of beef and their countries or origin, all of which are now on offer at Macdonald Windsor Hotel's Scottish Steak Club.

True to Macdonald's Scottish heritage, the new menu includes beef from fully accredited Scottish Farms and is supplied by Scotbeef. It's aged for a minimum of 21 days and hand cut by highly skilled butchers using time honoured techniques. But the menu also now features United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) steaks and meat from the Argentinian Black Angus, bred on the Pampas.

All the beef was cooked on the Josper Grill locking in the taste and flavour; guests were able to compare the taste and texture of the different cuts, which were served on large platters with hand cut fries, flat mushrooms and onion rings.

Apart from steak, the menu also features outdoor reared pork and free range chicken, as well as vegetarian options such as a wild mushroom, tomato, thyme and bean casserole. There's also a good choice of fish and seafood dishes, only the finest wild white fish, caught from sustainable sources around the UK is served.

Starters include tempura battered tiger prawns, BBQ ribs with a whisky honey glaze and a cock-a-leekie broth, while if anyone has space for a pudding, there's a choice of dessert shots to mix and match such as banoffee pie, cranachan and chocolate mousse.

Another new addition for parties of four upwards is the 'Sharing Club', which includes a starter board, followed by a range of rare breed cuts and speciality steaks with all the trimmings and dessert shots.

Commenting on the rejuvenated menu, Beverley Molmans, General Manager at Macdonald Windsor said: "As a group we are passionate about adapting to trends and creating dishes and experiences that reflect this, while maintaining exceptional

standards of cuisine. These new changes will heighten the appeal to both our regulars and new customers dining in our signature Scottish Steak Club restaurant."

Part of the Macdonald Hotels' Signature Collection and the group named AA Hotel Group of the Year 2013-2014, the four year old boutique townhouse hotel has 120 bedrooms including ten luxurious suites with views of Windsor Castle.