A nice find, very conveniently situated just off J10 on the M9 motorway so a much better choice for a pit stop than any motorway services.
The building actually resembles an upmarket motorway services on the outside, complete with water feature and duck pond; fortunately the inside is rather more lavishly furnished with comfy sofas and cushions and is pretty upmarket in appearance.
We'd clearly picked a bad day to visit as the place was absolutely heaving at 1.30, but the manageress was very apologetic that we would have to wait 10 minutes for a table, explaining that they had a large private function going on in one of the rear dining areas. She ushered us to a soft sofa in the bar area and took a drinks order before returning with menus to peruse while we waited.
We didn't wait that long before a table became available, by which time we were ready to order the food (in other words, ravenous!). I had salmon fishcake to start, my friend the Poet chose a butternut squash with panacetta and olive tapenade; we both opted for the catch of the day main course, which turned out to be sea bass. All dishes were absolutely yummy, and we almost forgave them for making us wait nearly 45 minutes for them to arrive.
The portions weren't huge, but this was the lunch 2-course deal for £7.95 and seemed very good value, given the high quality of the food.
I'm rating it 4-stars mainly as it took so long for the food to arrive, but it was certainly worth the wait and I've already added this place as a favourite in my sat-nav. Well worth visiting again.
Situated in a business park, the River House is an elegant restaurant with space with a wide menu of dinner food.
They also offer a much more limited brunch menu, but in comparison to their dinner menu, both options and presentation leave a lot to be desired on this front.
The decor is a very modern take on fine dining, and while the first impressions are of a very grand space, the decor can be a bit intrusive, as the bright colours are a little over the top and are somewhat inconsistent in the way they are put together, leaving the room feeling a little unfinished.
The dinner I had here was a fantastic affair, with steak and a catharsis of extras and side dishes, the presentation was consistent, but a little bland, and could with a little thought looked outstanding as opposed to looking, "nice".
The brunch I had here was, acceptable but nothing in comparison to the dinner experience. This is a big thing I look for when reviewing, the consistency between the dinner menu and the breakfast menu, and unfortunately the high standard of the dinner team was not matched by the breakfast team.
Any business which deals with food, must, have a consistent team of people working their kitchens, each service be it breakfast lunch or dinner, should be as good as the best dishes you can put out, and I'm sorry to say this is just not the case here.
A good try though, and I look forward to eating here again, and hopefully changing my opinion, I would be more than happy to eat my words, as long as I enjoy eating your food first.
The River House was this month's destination for Stirling Brunch Club. I was reluctant because the breakfast menu was very limited and also because my gluten free friend had decided not to come based on the fact that there was nothing suitable on the menu. There is no mention of GF options or anything to suggest that the kitchen could offer something alternative. In this sense, it is pretty basic from the onset. - There is only one vegetarian option (a veggie full breakfast) and there are no egg-based choices, other than the full breakfast which come with a fried egg. So no eggs benedict-style dishes; a popular choice for Sunday brunch, of course!
But, alas, we headed here as it's one of the most reviewed restaurants in Stirling on Yelp. When I called ahead to book, I was told that they don't take breakfast bookings but could take a note that we'd be coming. When we turned up, they didn't ask if I had a booking but said that we could sit at any table bar one, which was reserved. It was only after we sat down that we realised the table was for us. They hasn't asked us if we'd made a reservation and I'd forgotten all about it since the arrangement on the phone seemed so very loose. So, the booking rules are a little strange. They'll say they don't take breakfast bookings but they will reserve a table for you. Onwards and upwards, the welcome was alright. Although, we weren't shown to a table, rather just pointed in the general direction and left to pick one.
Food-wise, as I said, the menu is basic. Most of us opted for full breakfasts which were decent. The haggis and black pudding were a little dry but everything else was pleasant and we all agreed that the herby-flavoursome sausages were a hit. Other than that, brunch here wasn't exceptional. £4.50 for a full breakfast is really very decent but it was lacking in something.
It's spacious but there's a little too much going on. The music, the decor, the service. It was a bit haphazard and we didn't really feel attended to. No one came to check that everything was alright and it did feel like the staff were a little distant and preoccupied. It wasn't terrible but it just wasn't great and there's far better places to have brunch or breakfast in town.
Brunch was just alright and nothing more, and service was disappointing this time round! Perhaps come nightfall, the River House excels.
I recently enjoyed lunch at The River House for my grandmother-in-law's birthday. The food was good, the service was quite slow but generally good, and the sticky toffee pudding was yummy.
The location offers nice views if you're seated in the middle or main part of the restaurant. Unfortunately, even with long-standing reservations, we got a view of the parked cars and a full-sun window. Not ideal. We did enjoy a walk outside and a gander at the geese & swans after our meal, however.
Very enjoyable Sunday lunch. Not a terrific choice on menu but what was served was tasty. Would definitely try again
Great staff, very friendly. Appearance of place was very nice. walked right in and asked for a table for four. They said all of their tables were reserved but they had one available for an hour so we agreed. Ordered the Fajita special ( I forgot what it was called) , very delicious. Overall , a great place to stop by before doing a journey around Stirling. very Cozy
the riverhouse stirling is an excellent venue beautifull located at the bottom of the rock to the west of stirling castle and as its name suggests. right beside the river !
apart from being a nice little restaurant they do really good catering for smallish events and the location is easily found beside the business park - so ideal for meetings
We used to love coming here, but recently the food's not been THAT great. A tad overpriced too, but the locations' handy and depending on what way you're looking, quite picturesque.
Slightly disappointed by the whole experience. Well laid out and pleasantly furnished dining area and the menu seems comprehensive. The dishes look nice but the cooking isn't quite up to the price-tag. Drinks quite expensive.
This is a nice restaurant, in a nice location on the river, although it is accessed through a business park. The interior is very pleasant and belies the cheap prices. They are currently running a starter and main promotion(£6.95) with some supplements for chicken and steak. There is a homemade soup of the day and a good selection of starters. Mains are pasta, steak, fish etc. The desserts are priced a £3.95 and are great, with a good selection to choose from. The staff are very polite and attentive.
Nice resaurant with nice decore and nice view, I find the food to be very overpriced but of a high quality, has an extensive wine list, Based just off the motorway which isnt the best location considering it is out the way of the town centre. Waiting times on food is average
Very good if you go for the early evening menu, staff are very knowledgeable about the menu.
Steak is always good and the Creme Brulee is divine.
It sometimes lets itself down by garnishing with Coriander, when it isn't mentioned on the menu. Not everyone likes this herb which gives everything a taste of soap.
I always ask now to be sure.
Last time the rollmop herring starter had an 'out of a tin' taste to it, but generally very good.
Located near to the office the River House is somewhat too close to prevent temptation creeping in for a lunch out. At the edge of Castle Business Park just off the M9 motorway this is ideally located for the surrounding area and judging by the cars in the car park at all times during the day it is a favourite for many - not just for business users. The timber building overlooking a pond is warm and inviting and the inside provides much the same feeling. I usually use the business menu which has a good varied selection and changes on a weekly basis so there is always something new to try at a reasonable price. At all times staff have been pleasant, courteous and helpful and I would recommend a visit next time you are in the area
I haven't been to the Riverhouse for a while and it was somewhere where we went all of the time. The setting is gorgeous and atmosphere is great. However I was really disappointed with the food. The menu seems to have changed and it tries to do posh pub alongside fancy food and for me it just doesn't work. My starter was terrible, a bland terrine with hardly any flavour, my lamb main course was lovely but the vegetables were over done and the bread that was served to our table was stale. Really disappointing, dare I say in terms of the posh pub grub it was overpriced.
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