Monday night I was supposed to be out and about with some girlfriends in Glasgow, hanging around the bohemian haunts of Glasgow University and quaffing oodles of chilled white wine and inhaling gorgeous food at The Left Bank.
But the weather put paid to all that.
I had been regularly woken during the night by the wind howling in the chimney and the rain lashing against our windows so hard that there was a drip SOMEWHERE on the window frame. I tossed and turned...worrying about whether the ferries would be running in the morning.
And, of course, they weren't.
They didn't run at all on Monday because the weather was so utterly foul.
I had a petted lip and a bad temper that was somewhat assuaged by the fact that the girls cancelled the dinner ANYWAY because they didn't fancy being out and about in it much either.
So, today, to make up for missing out, Tartarus took me to Loch Fyne Osyter Bar. A forty-five minute drive (and a miniscule ferry journey too).
That's the restaurant up there. And the car park is NEVER that empty - not even today when the wind and rain would have blown a hole through you.
And here's a link to find out more about the Nice People At Loch Fyne - if you're in the area and thinking of popping in for a spot of seafood malkarky. I can thoroughly recommend the smoked mussels from the shop *Homer Simpson drool*
We were the first customers through the doors (as ever) and were escorted to a neat little corner table where we watched the weak wintery sun trying to fight its way through the ever-darkening storm clouds over of rose. I pretended that I was in Spain and not Darkest Argyll.
Maybe too much of a slant on this arty photo but that's the bar. It's built like a viking longboat. Neat, eh?
These were six plup grilled oysters served with creamy cheese and pancetta melted over the top.
Yeah, I pretty much inhaled these.
As you can see, I had snaffled two before I remembered to get my camera out of my handbag.
This was a poached smoked haddock fillet - and it was the softest, creamiest, saltiest thing EVER. With potatoes and grated cheese. It was divine.
This is the fairly mollocated remains of Tartarus's salmon risotto. It was damned tasty.
And then we came home and went to the Co-op for our weekly shop *sigh*
It's all high falutin' stuff with me.
Have YOU had any nice lunches out for Christmas yet? Tell me alllllllll about it!