I stayed here on a 2 day DBB deal with 5 pm. I had always heard about this hotel, and had wished to stay and enjoy its ambience and outstanding cooking. The 2 red rosettes for cooking awarded should be removed. The meal on the 1st night was mediocre - I had a starter of a quail egg with 2 tea spoons of salmon mouse on a roof slate. My partner had an uninspiring vegetable lasagne of peppers, cucumber and carrot, covered by a tired insipid piece of pasta. The rolls which accompanied this were cold and undigestible. The main of lamb was tasty but too small a portion to enjoy. The desert I had was of the 3 cheeses, though interesting, were certainly not worth the £3.50 supplement. A disappointing start to our stay, and the price of £39.50 for 3courses very pricey. The next morning breakfast was ordinary. I had the porridge which was very watery, and my partner had a selection of the limited fruits on the buffet table. I had a piece of smoked haddock with a poached egg. (The fish repeated on me all day). My partner had the cooked breakfast, bacon and egg etc. - not tasty at all. That evening we had our second meal. It looked according to the menu, more inspirational, than on the previous night - tonight there were a choice of 5 starters and mains, compared with the previous evenings' 3 starters and mains. Again, the rolls were mediocre, but they were accompanied by 2 small pieces of bread, which were tasty. I asked for more. They did not have any - at 8 pm! The duck confit was good, but tiny in quantity. The main of venison was tasty but portion quite small. We both had this. I had the Sticky toffee pudding which was ok and my partner a desert with coconut icecream and cake. Breakfast the next day was more of the same. I asked for 3 boiled eggs, which were very small. My partner had what was indicated as scrambled egg with bacon, but tasted of neither.
I know that I am overtly critical of the cooking at this hotel, but I feel let down that a hotel with 2red rosettes for its standard of cuisine, should be serving such food. Ican say that I have dined in many of the red rosetted restaurants and hotels in Scotland over the last few years, but the food quality displayed by the Rufflets was wanting. I feel the restaurant is relying on past laurels. I would recommend the chef and the management look at the exceptional talent of the BBC Masterchef contestants for inspiration and panache!
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