We were looking for an over night stay around the Forres area as it is only a little over an hour drive from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. After perusing trip advisor and looking at reviews, we decided we would book the Cluny Bank due to the fantastic reviews. Well all I can say is WOW!!!!! What an amazing find!!!! The grandeur of the building is something else! Julia was so welcoming on our arrival and took us to our room. we stayed in the Cavanagh suite which was beautiful and elegant and very comfortable, the additional lovely touches was the home made fudge which was delicious and being brought up fresh milk for tea and coffee which was very welcoming.
We had booked in to have dinner, and had the pigeon starter and the carrot and coriander fritter which was beautiful. A surprise followed by being given small glass of hollandaise sauce with asparagus and a small spoon of salmon fillet, a lovely additional surprise and amazing flavours.
We both had the fillet steak and it was cooked to absolute perfection, the vegetables were perfectly seasoned and crisp and the dauphinois potato (Lloyd style!) were sublime.
Again another lovely touch was a piña colada palette cleanser arrived after our main course, again that we were not expecting!
Lloyd (chef and owner) then arrived at our table to explain the deserts that were available, and the ingredients used and how he makes them was such a wonderful touch! We had the rhubarb dessert which was heavenly and the chocolate and rosemary pot which was equally Devine!
The bed was so comfortable and the room was peaceful and quiet, no outside nose at all.
breakfast literally most fruits you can think of, yogurts, pastries, types of breads, croissants, you. Name it and it was pretty much there!
We had full breakfasts which again were cooked to perfection!
Such a lovely night away and the attentiveness of Julia and Lloyd made it so perfect!
We eat out regular and we both feel that the foods we ate last evening was the best meal we have EVER had !
thank you so much Lloyd and Julia we will be back soon !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Small Hotel (Restaurant with Rooms, really) set in the best residential area of Forres, Moray. There are lots of activities within easy reach of the hotel such as golf, the world famous Malt Whisky Trail, castles, beaches and much more. Inverness is only 30 miles (airport 25 miles) away and there are many places of interest which can be reached. We have an extremely good reputation for food as you will see from the reviews. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cluny Bank Hotel
- The Cluny Bank Hotel Forres, Scotland