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“Overpriced and Basic” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Old Inn

The Old Inn
Wester Ross, Gairloch IV21 2BD, Scotland
0800 542 5444
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Ranked #11 of 17 Restaurants in Gairloch
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Forres, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Overpriced and Basic”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

At first the Old Inn seemed like a good option as it boasts a rustic appearance in a fine location along with some friendly staff and a promising menu. However the food served did not match expectations and of the starters served the goats cheese was nothing that couldn't be done at home and the langoustines were embarrassingly small and verging on insulting. The mains produced a marked improvement with the seafood platter representing the best dish on our table but from the others the scallops were inconsistent with some over cooked and ruined by a burnt flavouring from the searing. In addition the monkfish was very basic and simply served with a poor quality sauce, salty mash, and soggy boiled green beans.

Desert was probably the highlight of the meal but due to there being no vanilla ice cream available it was a little odd sharing a plate with strawberry ice-cream and creme brulee. A final negative being that a couple of wines we wanted were not available and the Australian Sauvignon that we opted for turned out to be from New Zealand - not a bad thing but maybe gives and idea of the attention to detail at the Old Inn.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Brighton
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Best place to eat in Gairloch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Food was freshly cooked to order. The fish and chips were enormous and the fish soup, (a local dish) was a dish that my wife had never tried before but has said that this would be the reason for going back to Scotland.

Visited July 2013
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South Cumbria
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great meals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

We ate here over 2 evenings and the meals were delicious. Would definitely go again if back in the area

Visited July 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice location, shame about MTV”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Having read some great reviews of the Old Inn, we stopped there for a late lunch and at first glance, everything was just as expected; the old world charm of the exterior, the lovely setting by the river, bus loads of tourists just finishing up, friendly staff who allowed us to take our dog into the bar. We settled in the bigger of the 2 bars which must be a lovely cosy place in winter with the log burning stove. I liked the atmosphere, apart from the fact that there were 3 big screen TVs playing MTV in quite a small space. It didn't seem right somehow and did nothing for the setting. My Cullen skink soup was very good; my only reservation being that it came with sliced pan bread when a couple of slices of homemade would have been perfect. My husband ordered the Ploughman's and that was a disappointment. We were expecting local bread, cheeses, ham and pickles but got half a French stick, cheddar and brie (in the Highlands?!), some not very nice ham and the sauces presented in those little plastic cups. A shame because the potential was there for a great meal but we won't be rushing back there when we're next in the area.

Visited July 2013
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
“Good choices, good food, good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We dined in the Old Inn at Gairloch regularly during our recent stay there and consistently had very good food. We are primarily vegetarian and the vegetable lasgne is extremely good. Other meals were of similar good quality. Aside from the regular menu there are 'specials' which include interesting fish dishes. Service is very efficient and friendly and the inn is delightfully situated in the harbour area of Gairloch with lovely countryside and loch views. Outside seating is available. This is a superb place for lunch, dinner or simply a drink in the pleasant surroundings.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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