We visited the ewe bar - part of the fortingall hotel. The hotel looked very nice and the staff were immaculately presented. Even the feel of the bar was cosy - hard not too as its so small. The little wood and peat fire burned beautifully. The romance ended about there to be honest. The staff have to run between the bar and the hotel so long periods without staff in the bar, no music either so atmosphere gets a bit eerie. However the service when they were in the bar was excellent, polite and welcoming. Its a pity about the food. I hoped for local produce and perhaps some wild foods but it was usual fare, F&C, lasagne, mushroom ravioli, sausage and mash. Having been to a butchers in pitlochry and sampled his sausages i assumed these would be of the same quality. We ordered Fish and chips and sausage and mash with a prawn cocktail for the little one. The oil wasn't hot enough for the fish and the batter was in tatters, bits of fish open and exposed to the frier. To be fair the portion was good and it presented well had the batter been up to scratch - but if batter makes up a third of a dish, fish, batter and chips then it needs to be right. The fish itself was still succulent in places protected by the batter but the deluge of oil took away from its redeeming features. The sausages were grey, not a single sign of any direct heating in any way - they were akin to boil in the bag. Devoid of any caramelisation the flavour was further removed by the lack of seasoning in the actual sausage mix - the texture was there but the flavour wasnt. The mash was ok, no lumps and looked fresh but lacked key elements of butter and seasoning. The uninspiring gravy was starchy like a packet brand but it did have the flavourless texture of one - plus little flavouring other than a hint of red wine. It lacked any depth and would have been the dishes saving grace. The prawn cocktail was as to be expected - average. I would have sent both mains back but our son was close to bed time and getting restless - plus considering how long the bill took, a complaint would have had us there all night. Perhaps a little unfair but in normal circumstances i wouldnt have paid for anything other than the starter. At £45 for this a wine and a whisky its a little on the pricey side. Judging by the other reviews this place is worth another visit by everyone - not sure it will be by us, but as its a small local business i would urge people to maybe think about trying it.
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