If you have not been in a while, the Copthorne Hotel was recently refurbished and looks modern and exciting. The restaurant area, next to the hotel bar, is clean and spacious, despite being quite busy on the night. We were served by Jack and he really put himself about to look after us from the drinks on arrival to the end of the meal. He was clearly having to work hard but never gave us the impression that we were anything apart from very welcome guests. The tables were big and there was enough space between them to give you a sense of privacy but still to feel the atmosphere of a night out.
The Copthorne made their full menu available for Aberdeen Restaurant Week, with supplements for anything over £16 on the main course list. This meant there was fantastic variety and choice available across the menu with supplements only applying to the more expensive steak dishes. Choices included burgers, steaks, salads, fish and chicken. The menu is well worth a look online and there is something for every taste.
Our starters were the Pill-Pill which was nicely seasoned and served on a bun with salad. A substantial and tasty start. Laura had the Halloumi sticks cooked in batter with a chilli sauce, again tasty and lots of it.
My main course was the 8oz Aberdeen Angus Burger in a Brioche Bum cooked with cheese and salad and served with fries. There was a tasty salsa garnish as well. It was well cooked and enough there to satisfy a big appetite. Laura ordered the salmon but when this ran out the staff were attentive and had the kitchen put together the same dish with chicken. The taste was a bit ‘different’ but not unpleasant and showed that the hotel was flexible and keen to give the guests what they want.
Pudding is Laura’s department and she loved the crème brulee, which was tasty and had a firm glaze on top. I enjoyed the ice cream selection and finished the night feeling that I have enjoyed a big meal at a great price. Drinks were reasonably priced for a hotel.
Overall, I thought the Copthorne really went the extra mile for Aberdeen Restaurant Week with a big selection and excellent food and a newly refurbished hotel to relax in. A great night out at a really good price (three course meal with two rounds of drinks for £47). I would recommend it.