I recently stayed here with my partner and in-laws and was very impressed to say the least. I understand that they recently went through a change of management and that the hotel is going through a period of renovation. (These things do not happen overnight). The hotel is perfectly located for those wishing to visit The Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site (Maes Howe, the Ring o' Brodgar and the Stones of Stennes are visible from the hotel and only a short walk away - although be aware of traffic as the road does not always have a pavement).
Rooms were comfortable (mum-in-law reckoned that it was the most comfortable hotel bed she'd ever had) and had nice views across the loch. The bathrooms have decent, easy to regulate showers.
What made my stay (apart from the location) was the food. To be more specific, the a la carte menu. My group enjoyed a haggis and Highland Park pate with black pudding and oatcakes and a plate of scallops, black pudding and peppered rhubarb (it actually works really well believe it not) for starters followed by a lovely big seafood platter (there really was a lot of it and was beautifully presented) whilst I tucked in a pork steak with roasted veg. Local Orkney Brewery beer (try the "Dark Island") was accompanied by a very acceptable Chenin Blanc.
We were so impressed we asked to meet the kitchen crew. The head was away that evening and so we spoke to the two young Sous chef's who were on. I suggested that if they were not going for AA Rosettes that they seriously consider it...this restaurant is going places.
Waiting and reception staff very friendly.... very impressed and we will be coming back at some point. The same can not be said of the Ferry Inn in Stromness but that is another story.
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