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“Good food, slow service, occasional microwave use” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Lade Inn

The Lade Inn
Route A821 off A84, Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK17 8HD, Scotland
+44 1877 330152
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Ranked #10 of 36 Restaurants in Callander
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $45
Cuisines: Bar, Family Fare, British, Scottish
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Family owned pub/restaurant offering local fresh produce in the beautiful surroundings of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Disabled accessible and family/dog friendly.
Dunblane, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good food, slow service, occasional microwave use”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Visited on Saturday night with some visiting American friends, mostly because music was on offer after 9pm. Restaurant wasn't particularly busy when we arrived at the back of 7pm. We were offered drinks straight away and they very quickly wanted to take the food order before we'd even opened the menus! Anyway, I had a very delicious sweet potato, chilli and coconut soup with some lovely crusty bread followed by a very generous and tasty plate of steak pie and chips. There was plenty to fill me up and it took a good while to eat. My friend had fish and chips which was also huge, well-cooked and good quality. It was just as well, then, that nobody cleared our plates for a good 25 minutes after we'd finished our main courses, as we wouldn't have felt ready for dessert. Maybe that's part of the strategy!?

My friend who'd just ordered a coffee while we ate the main course had her plate which still had the big lump of fudge truffle on it (which I was eyeing up!) removed before she could eat it, which I thought was slightly poor form.

Anyway, four of us had sticky toffee pudding for dessert and although it was better than I've had in other places, it had no fruit in it and had clearly been microwaved, which is always a disappointment. When we'd finished, we were again ignored for quite a while, I think because the music had started in the next room. It was a request night, it seems - lots of old American favourites, which wasn't quite what I expected from a band called 'Pure Malt' - anyway.

Overall, good quality food from a limited but sufficient menu. Service was slow and bit impersonal, though. The food made up for it, of course!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Frankiechelsea, Owner at The Lade Inn, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
I am glad you enjoyed our food and disappointed our service did not meet your expectations. Our staff try to judge the pace a table wants to be served at so they are not too quick or too slow with service, we achieved a first by failing on both counts with you. Our staff try to interact with our diners and provide a friendly welcome, I was behind the bar up until close and would have welcomed any feedback. Pure Malt are a terrific band and pitch their act to suit the audience hence they invite requests, we have our Lade Inn song book which contains 150 Scottish / Irish Folk songs and any of these can be requested. The music is provided at our expense there is no entrance fee on the door, it is our way of thanking our customers. We are one of the few restaurants providing live music at this time of year and we do it all year. So please visit us again and get your requests in so the band play the music you want to hear, they will happily play Scottish as both their CDs contain Scottish songs only and they are for sale.
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“Dick Turpin at least wore a mask !”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Decided to go out for a wee run from denny on this dreich February day and ventured to the Lade inn ,. After negotiating the quagmire that passed for a car park we thought. as were parked anyway we would wade our way through the mud . Inside the copy fire looked welcoming and we ordered a pint of Guinness and a small merlot. Nearly fell off the bar stool when charged £8.25 for this. Our local and far more maintained pubs charge between £6.30 and £6.45 for a pint and a small BOTTLE of merlot!

No wonder the tourist to Scotland feels robbed.

Unlikely to be back unless we win the lottery!

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Frankiechelsea, Owner at The Lade Inn, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
If you had visited us a couple of days before you would have experienced 6 inches of snow followed by a similar depth of slush as the snow thawed out, freezing conditions at night are doing little to help the situation.Once the winter weather is over we will lay fresh whin chip on the car park. Our maintenance record is pretty good as we have redecorated the entire inside of the restaurant over the winter and we will address the outside in the Spring. With regard to our pricing all our brands are premium brands, which is why we retain Guiness even though it is our least profitable beer and our most expensive. Our wines are from Justerini and Brooks and we offer nine wines by the glass, our House Red is a French wine based on a Merlot grape, however if you asked for a Merlot this would have been served our superb Chilean Merlot. Comparing different prices across restaurants can be tricky, as you may be comparing apples & pears. Restaurants normally serve two sizes of glass which can be either 125ml and 250ml or alternatively 175ml and 250ml. We have opted for the latter, many restaurants choose the 125ml as it tends to increase wine sales, as a diner often requires a second glass, and it also means the restaurant achieves nearly 6 measures from a bottle rather than the 4 we achieve. So although the price can appear a lot better check out the glass size and the wine qualiity. When we took over 8 years ago all our beers were priced at less than £3 per pint, now most are over £3. Prices will continue to escalate as the UK Tory Government have adopted the previous Labour Government beer tax escalator which adds 2% above the rate of inflation to the beer tax each year. Very soon we will be faced with the £4 or even £5 pint or even worse many fewer pubs to visit as more and more close their doors. If you want to address the beer price issue have you signed up to the CAMRA petition against the beer tax see http://www.camra.org.uk/beertax also please campaign with your MP.
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“Exelent traditional pub. Great service, great food and love the shop! Ale, ale, ale.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Myself and my wife traveled from edinburgh for a week in a log cabin near kilmahog. Visited the pub three times in a week and have to say that the staff were fantastic. Food was excelent and portions that could satisfy the largest appetite! I am a big fan of real ale and I was over the moon to see they have there own recipe ales on sale. Personal favourate being lade out dark ale! Amazing! Will finish by saying for an amazing selection of ales the real ale shop attached to the pub. Is a must visit. Thanks and will be back.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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tiger2812, Manager at The Lade Inn, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you very much for your recent review of The Lade Inn, Kilmahog. I am very happy to hear that you visited us a few time while you were staying in the area and that you enjoyed the food and the beer and that you felt the staff were welcoming. Thank you for taking the time out to review us and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.
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“Top Quality Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Stopped here for lunch on the way home at new year after very poor experience at another local hotel. I am delighted to say that the food, home brewed ale & service restored our faith in scottish food & hospitality. The fish & chips we had were possibly the best we could remember, beautiful fluffy fish coated in a light, non greasy batter accompanied by freshly cooked homemade chips & peas, washed down with a pint of ladeback homebrewed ale.
Top notch!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“Dog friendly in bar to left. Hearty food and log fire”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

2km walk from Callendar along the old railway line - only drawback is the price of parking from there! Dogs welcome in the bar with water bowl and a few treats available. Great ales, depending whether you want to get WayLade, LadeBack or LadeOut! Check out the beer shop next door - amazing range of stuff you'd best bring the car to the door!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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