This review is just for the food, NOT the hotel itself,
We were staying just outside Campbelltown and this place was recommended as the best place to eat in the area. If this is the best I would hate to see the worst. To be fair two of us ate, one had no complaints the other thought it was pretty mediocre at best. To be honest I thought it was terrible.
This place is in the heart of Kintyre and Scotland has a lot of water so why do they need to buy theirs in from a major national catering wholesaler who has it bottled in Shropshire? Particularly as their menu bangs on about their use of the wonderful local produce. This of course begs the question, what else do they buy in from this same catering wholesaler?
I had a crab salad with a very peculiar taste, quite cheesy, overpowering the flavour of the crab and bitter and quite unpleasant. I asked if the dish had cheese in it and on the third time of asking was told no but the chef added a ‘secret ingredient’ which he was not prepared to divulge! I don’t think the hotel owner was too pleased when I suggested it be taken out as it ruined the dish. Anyway, how did the chef know I was not allergic to this ‘secret ingredient’? He would have looked a bit stupid if I’d foamed at the mouth and died of apoplectic shock. Would he have told the inquest the ingredient was a secret and he would not tell what it was?
The surf and turf looked a good menu choice, rump steak with langoustines and scallops, yummy. Regrettably my shoes were quite new so did not need to be re-soled or I could have made use of the steak. I manfully chewed my way through as much as I could before the muscles of my jaw cried for mercy so I gave the wife a chunk; she had three or four chews and gave up, it landed back on my plate in much the same state that it left it. The langoustines were over cooked and rubbery in contrast to those I had at The Douglas Hotel on Arran the night before, which were cooked to perfection and were soft and almost creamy and to die for. The scallops were OK, nothing to write home about but were at least not ruined.
The hotel boasts three stars from the Scottish Tourist people so should have guessed the food would be only three star at best, I can only assume they eat out when they visit or they don’t rate the food as part of the overall star system.
In contrast and in the interests of balance, my wife had scallops with bacon to start and the sea-food medley as a main and had no complaints at all, an achievement with her as she is a frustrated chef.
It looks as though this place is a case of ‘you pays your money and you takes your chance’.
By the way, be careful on the driveway, the potholes are deep enough to break a cars suspension.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An imposing 1882 Italianate Mansion overlooking Campbeltown Loch on the peaceful and beautiful Kintyre Peninsula. Stunning scenery, wildlife, quiet roads and beaches - and 13 comfortable rooms to come home to, all with bath, shower,huge fluffy towels, Neutrogena toiletries, bathrobes, Free WiFi and satellite TV. Enjoy the informal and intimate atmosphere of the Lochside Restaurant with lovely sea views and wonderful food. We specialise in local seafood, shellfish, meat, produce and game - as well as a comprehensive and welcoming Wine and Malt Whisky list. Classic Links Golf at Machrihanish GC, Machrihanish Dunes and Dunaverty await you. Lori and Roger look forward to welcoming you... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Craigard Hotel Campbeltown
- Craigard House Hotel Campbeltown, Argyll And Bute