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“Excellent food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tor-na-coille

Tor-na-coille
Inchmarlo Road, Banchory, Scotland
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Ranked #11 of 25 restaurants in Banchory
Cuisines: Central European
Description: Hotel, but want to review the food
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Description: Hotel, but want to review the food
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Dined on Friday evening and enjoyed it very much. We were slightly disappointed that it was a set menu for the restaurant as we had looked at the restaurant menu online, however we all happily made our selections relaxed in the cosy lounge over a bottle of wine and complimentary canapés. The food was of an excellent standard with all the added extras expected from a fine dining establishment. Service in the restaurant was good and attentive and it was a very enjoyable evening. We will definitely go back :)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
aberdeen
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179 reviews 179 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Afternoon treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Made another visit to this gem of a hotel on Royal Deeside. To sit at a window table laid with starched linen tablecloth and topped with a wonderful display of cakes,sandwiches and other such delights, winter sun streaming in the large window, heaven. The service was excellent which only added to the pleasure of an afternoon of food indulgence. Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Delicious Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I visited here with 7 other family members for dinner. We were greeted by a waitor at the door and shown into the sitting area, which was very comfortable and cosy. When all our party had arrived we ordered our drinks which came very quickly, and we put in our food order. We sat and chatted for 10 minutes and then were shown to our table. It didn't take long for the food to come out. Most of our party had steaks, which were cooked perfectly and enjoyed all round. We had forgotten to order sauces with our steaks but the waitor brought some for us straight away. The desserts were also very tasty, although not a very wide variety. Our table was positioned just opposite a large window, so was a little drafty. However, the service and the food made up for it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Scotland
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“A really nice Sunday lunch!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Visited this restaurant recently with my wife and two friends for Sunday lunch. From the minute we walked in,there was a warm and friendly welcome and we really enjoyed the overall experience! We sat in the lounge with a drink and chose from the Sunday lunch menu, which had plenty of variety and choice, of both traditional and slightly more adventurous fare!
We didn't wait very long and then through to the dining room, with white linen table cloths and napkins, with plenty of space between the tables - definitely no overcrowding here!
Really nice hot food, with plenty on your plate and we thoroughly enjoyed the three courses and coffee we had - efficiently yet unobtrusively served by the young very friendly staff.
The cost was very reasonable for a full Sunday lunch in a hotel and we felt it was good value for money.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Aberdeen
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“Slow Sunday lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

There was only one other party for Sunday lunch, perhaps we hit a quiet day. Since I'm not a fan of goat's cheese or Scoth Broth I opted for the hot smoked salmon rillettes. When it finally came (they forgot to bring it out and I had to ask for it) it was a very small portion, and was basically shredded hot smoked salmon with a dash of mayonnaise and a few chunks of red onion pressed into a mould and turned out onto a plate. To be fair I suppose that's what rillettes are but it came across as lazy cooking, especially when it included a couple of inedible crunchy fragments. The main course of roast beef was a mixed experience with a small portion of very nice beef served with decent veg and a nice Yorkshire pudding, but woolly roast potatoes and a piped coil of mashed potato resembling intestines. We were left staring at our leftover intestines for almost half an hour before the plates were cleared. I was still hungry but the pud choices didn't inspire so I didn't have one. I missed out on a stodgy looking slab of lemon tart or "Queen of Puddings", a collection of items served cold in a glass tumbler which included granola, fruit compote, sticky caramel at the bottom and a gooey meringue on top. Not really Queen of Puddings in my book but maybe I'm old fashioned! The Ladies toilets were out of order as were the disabled toilets, and female guests were directed upstairs to use the bathroom in one of the bedrooms after collecting a key from reception. Just as well all of our party were able-bodied and strong-bladdered! Not a great experience, the food was passable (just) but the whole experience was let down by the service issue. This is not a reflection on the young people serving, but rather those who are managing them. The search for a decent Sunday lunch with half reasonable service goes on...

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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