Lunch At The Golf Course..
Colville Park Country Club (Motherwell, Scotland)
Member Name: angelboouk
Colville Park Country Club (Motherwell, Scotland)
Advantages: prices, location, tasty food, suitable for functions
Disadvantages: could do with a lick of paint, walk in from main road
Colville Park Country Club is located in Jerviston Estate in Motherwell, Lanarkshire. It is surrounded by golf courses and golf outings can be booked. For the purpose of this review, I will be discussing the actual Country Club. There is a different category for the golf course reviews.
~The Essential Information~
Colville Park Country Club
New Jerviston House
The entrance sign to Colville Park is often bypassed. The entrance is located just off Merry Street (a main street in the Motherwell area). Buses stop a short walk from the entrance but there is quite a walk in to the actual club so I would recommend driving or a taxi. The road in to the club has no proper pavements and is shaded due to tall trees. The golf courses are located on either side of the road and span quite a distance.
The club itself can be accessed through a few different entrances. The main entrance takes you to a golf shop and the toilet area. Colville Park cater for various functions including weddings and parties. They offer two function halls with bars. There is also a smaller dining room for lunches and a another bar for those over the age of 18 - no children are permitted. Colville Park also offer dinner dance evenings and Christmas parties.
Colville Park is open 7 days a week from morning through to late depending on events. Car parking is free.
~Layout and General Feel~
The Colville Park website states that the club has been refurbished in recent years. The outside of the building is quite tired. Inside, the building is a little mixed. It certainly doesn't look the country clubs you see at bigger golf courses - it is no where near as fancy and definitely needs a lick of paint as well as requiring modernisation in my opinion. The lobby area is tired and the toilets aren't the nicest but are clean.
The largest hall is well laid out with various seating options, a stage and a large dance floor. It can accommodate quite a lot of people and has a well stocked bar. The other bar is bright and airy in appearance and looks comfortable enough for relaxing with a drink or watching sport on the television provided. We normally dine in the small dining room which is well lit but a little cramped. It has around 12 tables, huge lamps in either corner and a green, tartan carpet - it looks a little unusual but is comfortable enough and clean.
The club has a pleasant ambience and feels quite secluded which is nice. There is a small outdoor area with some benches - perfect for relaxing with a drink during the Summer.There club is set across one level and those in wheelchairs have sufficient room to move around freely.
~Service With A Smile~
We were seated quickly with no need to book. It does get busy so sometimes best to phone ahead and reserve a table. There was only one waitress working and see was friendly and efficient at her job. The girl who served us in the bar was also friendly. Food is brought promptly from the kitchen. One of our tables wasn't set when we arrived but it was understandable given the waitress was on her own.
Colville Park offers bar lunches. A small, paper menu is provided on each table. The menu is very simple and quite limited but there is enough to suit most tastes. Vegetarian and childrens options are on request. Meals are available from midday until around 3pm but I am awaiting confirmation of this from the club.
*Starters include Soup (£1.75), Chicken Pakora with dip (£2.05), Potato Skins with mayo (£2.05) and fruit juice (£1.35).
*Main courses include Steak Pie (£4.95), Haddock (£5.10), Scampi (£5.20), Sweet Chilli Chicken Wrap (£4.95) and Lasagne (£4.85).
*Lighter meals include various burgers (from £2.75), chips, soup and sandwich combo (£2.80), toasties (£2.40) and hot filled rolls (£1.40). Various salads are available.
*Desserts vary but our latest visit offered ice cream (tubs of Haggen Daaz for £1.35), Sticky Toffee Pudding or White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake (£1.80).
Colville Park also have a wide range of alcoholic, soft and hot drinks on offer. Drinks should be purchased in the bar and paid for there. The drinks are very reasonably priced. Four glasses of cordial with water cost just £1.04 (27p each!) and cans were only around £1.00 each. They have lots of beer and spirits on offer priced at no more than £3.00 a time.
~Our Recent Visit~
I grew up a 10 minute walk from Colville Park and we often dined here. My Mum and Gran live a few minutes from the golf course (it is near a residential area) and the area in general is really nice. Colville Park used to host the gala day which has long since finished and it was always fun. I will mainly focus on our most recent visit to the club this week after my Gran decided she was taking 7 of us for lunch (4 adults including herself and 4 children). We arrived by taxi as my Gran is 92 and cannot walk far. My sister and the kids walked in though - quite a nice stroll on a sunny day.
In all the years we have been coming here, we have never had any issues with the quality of the food or standard of service. I have personally attended a few functions in the club including a birthday party and the staff have coped well with a large number of people. The club accommodates children for lunch though it is often busy with older people who are never keen on children given their glares! We arrived around 1.30pm on a Monday afternoon and the club was very quiet indeed. We were seated and ordered some drinks whilst we waited for my sister to arrive. The drinks are very cheap and I was pleased to see that they didn't charge a fortune for some cordial for the children.
The menu may be small but the food is delicious. Our most recent visit saw us ordering 4 childrens meals of chicken nuggets, chips and peas - a good sized portion for £2.80 each and they all enjoyed their meal. The waitress told us that children could also get a child size portion of the main courses too which is good. My sister and I decided to share a starter of pakora. It was nicely presented with a fresh salad. We had 5 fairly small pieces of pakora - beautifully spicy with a complimenting chilli dip. Perfect for grazing on whilst awaiting our main courses.
I normally opt for Steak Pie each time we dine here but spotted Roast Beef as the special of the day so went for that instead. I received a very generous of beef which was cooked to perfection and so tender - it simply fell of the fork. The yorkshire puddings were delicious and I had a few baby potatoes as well though these can be exchanged for chips. My plate had a large portion of peas - I hate peas so these were left. It would have been good to have two types of veg (ie carrots). The gravy was tasty too and overall I enjoyed my meal.
My Mum and sister opted for the classic Steak Pie and received a well presented, generously filled plate consisting of a bowl of beef pieces in gravy, some puff pastry, potatoes and again the horrid (I really do despise them) peas. Mum commented on how tasty her meal was and said the beef was of a good quality - no fatty bits. My Gran isn't a big eater so opted for a ham and tomato toastie. She said it was very tasty and had a fresh tasting side of salad.
Despite being on a diet, I decided to have a dessert and we enquired as to what was available. The previous visit included apple pie with custard. The children all wanted ice cream and the waitress explained they only had Vanilla tubs. The children didn't eat all of their ice cream as Haggen Daaz is a little rich for their tastes in my opinion. The tubs were cheaper than the ones you get from Asda though. My sister shared a Sticky Toffee Pudding with our Mum and said it was quite heavy but deliciously sweet.
Both Granny and myself opted for the cheesecake with cream. Oh my goodness - this was heaven in a bowl! I received a generous sized slice of cheesecake which was absolutely divine and the perfect way to end my meal. The cheesecake was infused with raspberry sauce and had white chocolate blended through it. It was fresh tasting (no soggy biscuit base here) and simply yummy beyond believe.
Overall we highly enjoyed our lunch at the Colville Park Country Club. The menu may be limited but the food is well presented and of a high quality. It is mega cheap compared to a lot of restaurants in the nearby area and there is the option to look out over the golf course whilst you eat. Gran paid but I did catch a look at the bill which came to just under £42 (excl drinks as Mum got them). Not bad for 1 starter, 4 childrens meals, 3 main meals, a toastie, 3 desserts and 4 tubs of ice cream). Gran paid by cash but they also accept debit card.
Colville Park is pleasant setting for functions and weddings are very popular here in the main hall. We can recommend it for lunch.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: we like it here..