REVIEW Fork and Field Mac Mondays

It’s a Monday. It’s that day of the week we all dread and wish it didn’t exist. It’s the day we want time to fly past so quickly just to help the weekend arrive earlier.

But Mondays needed be all doom and gloom especially if you know that Mondays bring you cheesy goodness in the form of Mac Mondays at Fork and Field in West Lothian.

Fork and Field in West Lothian is about 30 minutes drive from Edinburgh city centre, less than 10 minutes drive from Livingston Designer Outlet Village and less than 20 minutes from Edinburgh Airport, so it’s not that far to go for some mac n cheese. (but then again, I am happy to travel for food!)

Mac Mondays cost £10 and include a mac n cheese with a side salad and a soft drink. There are also sides available for an additional £3.50.

The Mac Menu is:

Viva la Mexico – chilli con carne, tortillas, jalapenos, chilli creme fraiche and coriander.

Flying Scotsman – haggis, red onion and whisky sauce.

Make Mac Great Again – buttermilk fried chicken, streaky bacon and maple syrup.

Italiano – mozzarella balls, green pesto, fresh basil, sundried tomato, crisp pancetta with parmesan shavings.

Classic – herb and crumb crust.

Super Mario – mushrooms, garlic and truffle oil with parmesan shavings.

We chose the Flying Scotsman.

Served in bowls, the pasta was large elbow macaroni which was el dente, well seasoned and coated in their mozzarella and cheddar cheese sauce. The crumbly bit is crumbled on the top in a pile underneath a bundle of crispy onions. The haggis is mixed throughout the dish. Although the cheese sauce coated the mac, this macaroni and cheese dish was certainly drier than the other one purely because the haggis had absorbed much of the cheesy sauce. Very tasty dish though.

The other mac was the Make Mac Great Again with Buttermilk fried chicken, bacon and maple syrup. This was most certainly cheesier than the haggis one. The buttermilk chicken was really nice – fresh, crumbed and succulent (although I’d rather they halved the chicken breast, cooked and served it rather than cooking it and serving half a chicken breast that looks very visibly cut in half).

There were nice gnarly bits where the crumbs had been grilled and formed clusters with the cheese, the bacon was sweet and smokey and overall it was a yummy plate of mac n cheese. I did finish it!

There are a choice of three sides : Mac n Cheese bites, parmesan and herb skinny fries and garlic bread, with out without the cheese.

Chips and cheesy garlic bread where our chosen sides, just because we were going to be eating mac n cheese, we didn’t want more mac n cheese balls.

Chips were thin and crispy and quite heavily flavoured with rosemary. Bread was lovely and garlicky. Our spread, two mains and two sides was ample to feed two hungry foodies and we had to leave some bread and fries – there just wasn’t room left.

We were both driving and as it was a dreich Monday night, so a cuppa tea seemed most appropriate.

Fork and Field, previously Torphichen Inn, underwent a massive refurbishment in 2016 increasing its covers to over 90 and really opening up the space. It has a lovely warm welcoming vibe and the staff are very friendly and attentive.

They also have a great looking A la Carte menu too; plus every Thursday is Burger night and their Sunday Carvery’s sound delicious with a Sharing Chateaubriand Roast on the menu.

BUT if Mac n Cheese is your ‘thang’, then definitely book a table at Fork and Field, I guarantee you wont be disappointed.

Fork and Field, 36A Bank St, Mid Calder, Livingston, EH53 0AR. Tel :01506 880677

My Spoon Award : Silver Spoon (food and service are very good. Equivalent to 8/10)


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