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“Overpriced and underwhelmed” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Muckrach Lodge Hotel & Restaurant

Muckrach Lodge Hotel & Restaurant
| Dulnain Bridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland
+44 (0) 1479 851 257
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Overpriced and underwhelmed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I've reviewed the Restaurant separately from the hotel because I didn't want it to detract from the Hotel which is great.

What a crying shame the Restaurant is, it really lets the place down. We paid £21 each for Chicken in a brie and bacon sauce with veg, way way way too much for what was delivered. The sauce tasted entirely of butter and nothing else, the Chicken was overcooked and veg had celery in it, which overpowered the rest of the vegetables. We ate it because we were hungry and had had a drink so driving out was not an option. Also my wife had the 'Cheese board' for £10, again very overpriced, you got 3 cheeses and some grapes and some stale oat biscuits. She left most of it and threw the biscuits to the birds. The starter I had was lovely though, which was a Black pudding/haggis/poached egg stack with a mustard whisky sauce, delicious but again for £7 a pound or two overpriced. We spoke with the waitress and she did apologise for the mains and explained that the cook what attempting to make the veg have a more summer feel, by adding celery.

The Breakfast buffet was fantastic and you could help yourself to 3 different breads and lots of cereals and juices as well as coffee and tea. The cooked breakfast though was spoilt by the sausages. They smelt, looked and tasted like something Italian, not British at all.

When we were leaving I again talked with the girls about the meal the night before and the breakfast sausage, I was surprised to hear they agreed and remarked they hear this a lot from customers of late. I think the management could take heed of this and look at their pricing and product, because its a massive chink in their armour.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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diabolo666, Owner at Muckrach Lodge Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Italians in the sausage? Whatever next!!
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Sublime Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Excellent food-beautifully cooked local produce and lovely setting. Service was also very food and attentive. Good wine selection and whisky too.

The Spiced Fruit Compote with porrdge is delicious-only wished we could have brought some home

Visited February 2013
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Liverpool
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Eating at Muckrach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

The overall experience was lovely. Staff really friendly and helpful. The food was absolutely brill! Would definately recommend people to stop and have a meal!

Lovely place and lovely people!!!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bristol
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“Dinner at Muckrach Lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Four of us went for dinner to Muckrach. The food was excellent, chef sent us out a free sample of soup which was delicious. Staff were so friendly and helpful a great night. It was expensive but worth it. Thank You.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“not recommended”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

We went here as an event organised by the Whisky festival. The whisky speaker was good but dinner was extremely slow in coming. The menu was fixed and they should have known numbers so it seemed just very badly organised. The starters and desert were nice, but the main was a roast dinner and a carvery for a £5 would have been better and much much quicker!! Coffee and petit fours were on the menu to finish, but the coffee came out much earlier than the petit fours and in fact a lot of the guests had left before the petit fours came! I later heard in the village that the restaurant is on the market and this might explain the terrible service if the owners have lost interest.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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