Anyone who leaves the Townhouse Hotel still hungry is either a champion eating machine or in serious need of medical attention.
In fact, such is the quality and quantity of the food that most people could probably forego any further meals for the rest of the day.
The Townhouse is a friendly establishment on Arbroath High Street with a well-trained and attentive staff who always seemed only too happy to help and were very on the ball.
As it should be, our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and after asking his recommendation from the extensive options, my lunch companion and I went for two of his selections, the Creamy Peppercorn Chicken and the Highlander Chicken.
The restaurant is very pleasantly laid out, with comfortable booths and attractive window tables.
Our food arrived promptly, but not worryingly so, and a cynic might have thought that with such an expansive menu there was a lot of defrosting going on, but this does not appear to be the case here.
The Highlander, as you might have guessed, was a substantial portion of char-grilled chicken sitting atop a round of haggis on a bed of mashed potato in a rich and creamy pepper sauce.
The chicken was tender and succulent and the carrots and broccoli were just right. The sauce had a nice peppery kick but deftly sidestepped being too overpowering.
My friend’s Creamy Peppercorn Chicken was a similar proposition, but what it lacked in haggis it made up for in extra chicken.
The chicken had a melt-in-the-mouth texture and again the sauce was pitched just right and there was plenty to mop up with accompanying chips.
Hot chocolate fudge cake followed for my friend and she described it as not too rich. Well, I think that’s what she said as the dessert disappeared rapidly.
For myself I opted for the cheesecake made with Nestle Crunch and although this vanished a good deal slower, that had more to do with the lack of space in my stomach than any slight on its full flavour.
We were both well satisfied by our meal, although frankly it would be wise not to schedule any vigorous activity after gorging on the fine fare on offer.