Restaurant review: The Paper Mill, Lasswade

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TUCKED away on the riverbank in Lasswade, the Paper Mill is a wonderful place to enjoy a quiet meal.

We were seated next to the window with a view over their sizeable beer garden with the burn just beyond. Starting with a large sparkling water (£3), we turned to food whilst we nibbled on delicious homemade bread with butter and a tomato and caper salsa. A huge smoked fish fan, my friend couldn’t resist the Peterhead smoked mackerel terrine (£4.95). This was infused with saffron and chives. My Indian-style salad (£4.95) was a touch less exciting. With spiced chicken which was a touch dry, the beautiful flavour of coriander was seemingly lost along the way in a mountain of leaves. We teamed the starters with a small carafe of Chenin Blanc (£6.80) from the very pleasing wine list.

Next an aromatic cassoulet (£7.95) was served opposite me – large chunks of smoky bacon and small chipolata style sausage swimming in a sea of lentils and outstanding flavours. With a slice of toasted ciabatta on the side, this was a superb dish. I could not resist the combination of steak and haggis in a Scotch pie (£10.95). Pleasingly petite in size, it came mixed and topped with carrots and swede, a winning combination. Homemade beans, with a lovely smoky flavour came in their own mini pan and a mound of chips finished the dish. With this course we had another small carafe, this time of a smooth and light Pinot Noir (£6.70).

After a prolonged break, we simply couldn’t resist the dark chocolate crème brulée with homemade shortbread (£4.95). Unusually made and served in the bowl, it was caramelly chocolaty goodness.

With excellent and courteous service, the staff are happy to help.