Scottish Steakhouse at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa, Cobblers Cross Lane, Tarporley. Tel: 0344 879 9082

IF you're looking to treat yourself, the Scottish Steakhouse at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa in Tarporley is definitely worth a visit.

The restaurant, based in a quality spa and hotel complex, aims to offer great food, service and value.

And while I can't comment on the value - my meal having come as part of a package booked with a stay at the hotel - the restaurant definitely delivers in the first two categories.

Staff members were cheerful, happy to help and very polite. The venue itself, like the rest of the hotel, was of a very high quality and very clean.

There was a nice atmosphere during our early evening meal, with just a small number of other diners seated.

As for the food, the starter I chose was a chorizo croquette with a tomato based sauce which was delicious and absolutely full of flavour. The croquette was crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and the sauce complemented it perfectly.

For the main, we selected a spinach tortellini dish which arrived promptly and was equally tasty.

While the food arrived relatively quickly, everything tasted fresh and crisp. The portions were just right too and were and were presented immaculately on the plate.

Shortly after the main course our desserts arrived - a slice of lemon tart with cream, which was the perfect way to round off the meal.

The restaurant - as the name would suggest - also offers steak and grills with beef from accredited Scottish farms, in addition to a selection of fish and vegetarian dishes.

There was also a wide range of wines to choose from, in addition to an assortment of beers, ciders and soft drinks.

All in all the Scottish Steakhouse definitely impressed and I wouldn't hesitate to return.