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“birthday dinner” 5 of 5 stars
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Lion & Unicorn Country House Hotel
Main St, Thornhill FK8 3PJ, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Thornhill B&B and Inns
Stirling
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“birthday dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We just had a fantastic meal at the Lion and Unicorn. The baked camembert and wafer thin croutons to share stuck to our lips and were a delight to our taste buds. Local Scottish mussels in white wine and garlic were immaculately prepared for my fussy son. Our mains were oven baked skate in caper and lemon butter sauce, chicken breast stuffed with haggis and served in a creamy whisky sauce which were cooked to perfection and very tasty. My son rated his home made steak burger an 8/10 due to his suspicion of vegetables! in the home made tomato sauce which I finished off my chips with. I just managed to finish my knickerbocker glory with amaretto cherries and fresh peaches and the cranachan and chocolate brownie were met with gusto by my family. I live close to this pub/ restaurant and regularly eat here. I have always enjoyed the food thoroughly and have met many happy tourists and locals who would rate their experience as absolutely top notch.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Visited the Lion and Unicorn for a bite to eat whilst on our way to doune. We only had about an hour to have lunch which we thought would be plenty of time. Turns out we only had time for a starter. There only seemed to be one waitress serving tables, even though there were 3-4 memebrs of staff walking around. We were seated and got a drink and ordered a small starter each. This took 20 minutes to arrive. We did both really enjoyed it but thought this was very slow for what it was (one bowl of soup with a roll and a small chicken salad.) We then sat with empty plates for 10 minutes before they were cleared and asked if we would like a dessert - which we did. But it wasnt until 15 minutes later the waitress came back with the menu. By this time we didnt have time for a dessert so asked for the bill instead. 10 minutes later we still hadnt had our bill so we had to go to the bar to pay for it there. So all in all we were in for 50-55 minutes and only managed one course. It's a shame because it is a very nice little pub with nice decor and nice food, just wish we had had the chance to try more of the food!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Food was ok, good sized portions and wide menu choice. I ordered the steak pie which looked lovely but I found it to be very salty, vegetables were nicely coooked and the chocolate brownie was very nice. Two of my party ordered the fish in batter which was very large but the batter looked pale as if it needed to be cooked for longer. The service was very slow indeed and the hotel was not very busy. It took 2 hours 20minutes to have 2 courses and that was with us reminding the waitress that we hadnt placed our dessert order. It had been difficult to even locate a waitress. When dessert did finally arrive one of he sweets was mising so we had to chase this too. A little disappointing given other reviews.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the wigwams nearby and visited here for both breakfast and dinner. The food was lovely on each occasion. Massive portions as well, very impressed! The staff were friendly and the owner was lovely. Very chatty and attentive. Would definitely come here again.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rainford Uk
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the nearby wigwams and ate lunch here one day and dinner the next. Good value for prices. Food was excellent. Staff were friendly and v good with kids. Veg freshly cooked which is nice and puddings very good. Lunchtime jacket potato was huge. Sandwich and soup option was also good - small soup portion but large sandwich and very filling.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Dalry, Scotland, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We stayed in the Wigwams and had dinner here on the first night.
Very good welcome from all the staff and food was lovely.
Only downside was the one toilet! It was clean though!
Dinner was a bit slow in arriving but a few people had arrived at the same time.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dumbarton
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed locally in the yurts and ate here on our first night for dinner and our last day for breakfast. It was incredibly welcoming, child friendly and the food was delicious. Service was excellent, attentive and not intrusive. Definitely to be recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lion & Unicorn Country House Hotel

Address: Main St, Thornhill FK8 3PJ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Stirlingshire > Thornhill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Thornhill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional family owned country house hotel, pub & restaurant tucked away near Thornhill just outside Stirling, serving the finest food & ale since 1635. For the homely touch, we have 3 log burning fires, including a huge open fireplace in one of the dining rooms. The accommodation upstairs is of an excellent standard and the views from the windows capture the essence of being in the heart of Scotland with the magnificent scenery on its doorstep. The Lion and Unicorn is the perfect place to spend a few days soaking up the true Scottish hospitality that we all want to discover. Full of friendly locals, it is one of the few Free Houses left in Scotland, with reasonable prices on beer. ... more   less 
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