My wife and I went to this hotel for our 20th wedding anniversary. We have lived in Northern Ireland all our lives and are to keen to explore' door step treasures'. We researched and came up with quite a few contenders but as we had never been to this hotel we decided to find out what all the hype was about. On arrival we thought that the roadside of the hotel was quite basic but as we went around to the side entrance we were pleasantly surprised. This area opens up nicely and is very well done using authentic local stone....very pretty. On entering we found the reception area to be basic and functional, no more, no less. The staff were efficient and friendly, A+. When we got to our room, one of the original old ones, we found it to be.... mmm...... and I mean NO OFFENCE by this, but, geared towards the American visitors. Old and quirky....NO, sorry, just old! With squeaky doors, lose taps, dirty and worn carpet and unfortunately someone else's hair in the sink, this is not what we expected from a 4 star hotel. Perhaps the food would be better.
At dinner we were escorted to an old wooden booth, a bit like an old pub from 40 years ago. 'Quaint but detached' we suggested to each other, 'the food is supposed to be great!'. My wife and I both ordered steaks, one medium one medium rare. When they came my plate, medium, was swimming in blood and it was quite visibly still oozing from the top of my meat. We also ordered garlic chips which consisted of the frozen sliced potatoes you would get in a supermarket with some garlic crushed over the top. My wife's champ was micro waved and had obviously been reheated as it was stiff, dry and had a yellowy appearance. The meat was ok to eat but nothing special.
Overall the meal including starter and dessert was edible but decidedly AVERAGE but at top hotel prices. We have eaten in many hotels throughout Northern Ireland over the years and have to say that this meal was one of our biggest disappointments. Prices for food and drink are high and not good value as there are many other places around with lesser reputations than the Bushmills Hotel but with much higher standards of food and accommodation. Obviously geared for foreign visitors and being sold as traditionally irish I would suggest that quite a few holiday makers may agree with my comments. On the plus side, our breakfast was delightful. It was cooked fresh and you could tell, but not enough to make us go back. Not the 'door step treasure' we thought we were going to get...sorry!
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