While working up in Blair these were the immortal words we would be greeted with on returning to the bar at the end of the day. Very warming words indeed from Gary behind the bar who also worked at a bit of everything to be honest. Plenty of beer including a local ale as well as a plethora of whiskey to choose from, and the bar had Sky Sports which was a bonus for the football. The menu for the restaurant (located at one end of the bar area as well as a separate room called The Glens) looked very appetising and reasonably priced but I did not make use of the restaurant so cannot comment on it.
Breakfast at first was cooked and served by the owners wife, and we soon learnt to put in our orders the night before to save time. While the choice may not have been plenty for some (really? how much food do you need to eat at breakfast?) there was still a choice of cereals, toast, cooked food with juices, tea and coffee available. But most importantly when ordering a cooked breakfast it was great to have an actual hot meal unlike some places where it arrives quite warm. The service was good and continued when the chef took over duties later in the week.
The room was a standard twin with TV, DVD player (but remote didn't work), kettle, tea and coffee. Ample open wardrobe space with plenty of hangers as well as extra duvets and blankets completed the room nicely. Beds were a bit on the short side and a bit narrow but didn't hinder a night's sleep. The bathroom was okay and the shower came with a bottle of shower gel plus towels were replaced daily or as when needed.
Overall I would say that the hotel could do with a little modernisation but as I was using the hotel as purely somewhere to crash in the evenings and get something to eat first thing I was not bothered about that at all, and to be fair the place did have a unique character. The staff were great and service excellent, plus it is nice to stay somewhere you can have a bit of banter with staff rather than being serviced by smiley customer service automotons!
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Blairgowrie, Scotland