Auberge is an amazing experience. Uig is one the most remote areas of Lewis, but certainly one of the most beautiful so the scenery of the drive over merely wets the appetite for what's to come!
Auberge is located on a wee tidal inlet which has a sandy bottom. The surrounding landscape is the glorious hills of Uig.
Upon entering the building and going to reception you are immediately greeted by an cosy wee stove surrounded by comfy leather couches..........this was a fantastic place to sit, later on, and enjoy some per-dinner drinks and choose from the menu.
The room we had was fantastic. Spacious, comfy....kind of Scandinavian. There was a couple of comfy seats over by the window where you can sit and enjoy the outstanding view before heading downstairs for dinner.
Sitting in the big leather couches downstairs, beside that wee stove just makes you feel so relaxed and cosy. We sat there until our starters were ready.....then we were shown to our table. The table was right beside the front of the building so we could continue enjoying the same stunning view........there was plenty of room at the table with the spacing between tables making it feel private, which we certainly appreciated.
The menu was utterly fantastic. There was absolutely nothing on that menu that I wouldn't have loved! Very much a French cuisine theme, using local produce where possible - what a perfect blend! I've been extremely fortunate to dine in restaurants around the world so I have no problem in rating the quality of food at Auberge as being amongst the finest. Fantastic selection of wines from around the world as well.
Never once being rushed to leave our table, the table service was fantastic. Some of the staff were new, but they were being coached and mentored by Richard who was constantly guiding them.
Richard, the proprietor and chef deserves a particular mention. Charm personified......friendly, humorous......and highly talented. What he has created at Auberge is fantastic.......fine dining and fine accommodation........it's a recipe for success. Auberge already has a fantastic reputation and I can only see that growing as word spreads. It isn't cheap, but it is easily comparable to other high boutique hotels/guest houses........Auberge can hang its head high in that company.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxurious, relaxed, purpose-built guesthouse in a lovely corner of the Isle of Lewis, with fine dining, an excellent wine list and spectacular views of Uig Sands from your bed, bath and dining table. ... more less