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“Good food, nice people, what more do you want” 4 of 5 stars
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Cromarty Arms Inn
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Church Street, Cromarty IV11 8XA, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cromarty
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good food, nice people, what more do you want”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We went to the Cromarty Arms because we had done the touristy bit in that area. It was close to a lot of sites. My son had a steak done to perfection. He is a gormet cook, as a hobby, and he thought it was done to perfection. I had the scampi and enjoyed it, but what did I love? The friendly banter with the barmaid/ owner. It was fun. The pub was very quiet, but nice.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We were a bit apprehensive about visiting this pub due to the wide range of reviews it has been given. We like to make up our own minds anyway.
We arrived before 6pm and there was quite a few locals already there. Several of them left with carry-out meals. It's always a good sign when local people eat in pubs like this. The bar is spacious with loads of decent sized tables throughout. No trouble finding a seat here. There are more outside too if you prefer. Everything was lovely and clean. They had a locally brewed Real Ale called Happy Chappie. I drank it all night. A very decent brew. The total for our two drinks was 55p cheaper than .at the only other pub in the village, The Royal Hotel. Price isn't everything, I know. Unless we particularly wanted to impress a VIP, we'd choose the Cromarty Arms most of the time.
We were pleased to see "Mince & Tatties" on the Specials board. The owners wife told me that they sell lots of it. There is a lot to be said for a decent plate of Mince & Tatties. I fancied Fish & Chips and got a superb locally caught haddock done in a crisp beer batter. Exactly how is should be. LIz had the Half Chicken. She was unable to finish it and was pleasantly surprised when she was offered a doggie-bag because "it would be a shame to waste it".. We need more establishments to adopt the same policy.
The owner noticed a flickering light near our table and came across and changed it. "We can't have you sitting in a disco", he said.
One big TV showing a football game at one end of the bar, whilst another one at the far end was showing normal TV programmes you'd watch at home. Everybody is happy.
We'll certainly be back to the Cromarty Arms.. The entire village is wonderful. I promise you'll love it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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gordonvienna
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We saw a sign advertising the Cromarty Arms Inn and decided that we would go there instead Sutors Creek to see if there was anything else decent in town. We should have probably stuck to our instincts when we went inside as there was zero atmosphere, TVs blaring and the barman (owner?) was definitely more interested in watching the football than running a bar. However, a we were only in for a bowl of soup thought we would give it a chance.

First of all I should point out that the barman was not unfriendly, however neither was he friendly with absolutely zero chat when we went in, left or ordered. Considering there were only another 3 people in the bar I'm sure he could have managed a hello and good bye at least. The best thing about the pub was that they had some of the local ale on tap which was delicious.

The soup of the day was Chicken and Rice, although this was imaginatively titled as there was not a single grain of rice in either my wife's or my soup! The soup was hot, served relatively quickly and came with 2 slices with what I assume was bread from the Cromarty Bakery (which was very nice!).

As soon as we had finished our food we left, as did the other couple in the bar. Had there been an ounce of atmosphere and I'm sure we would have lingered and had another drink but really just wanted to get out!

If you are looking for something to eat in Cromarty then this won't be for you - try the Cromarty Bakery or Sutors Creek instead.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We enjoyed eating and drinking at the Cromarty Arms Inn. There is a very pleasant and genuine atmosphere to place. Meeting local people at a pub is always a good sign, and there were a few of them there when we visited, including the village drunk. The staff is very friendly and patient.
The food was good and we liked the local beer, from the local Cromarty Brewery Company. It is nice to see the local pub support this young and promising brewery that started operations only in December 2011. We tried the Happy Chappy and the Red Rocker, both were excellent.
I would certainly consider another visit to this establishment when I visit Cromarty.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We (4 adults + 3 children) ate here at the end of a lovely week in Cromarty on holiday. The local beer (a pint of Happy Chappy from Cromarty Brewery) was excellent. Our order was taken quickly by the very friendly and helpful waitress. The food was basic but decent pub grub - scampi, fish and chicken with chips and salad. Hot and fresh but not an especially exciting menu.

I would agree with some of the other reviews that the decor could do with a bit of work and the carpet in the pool room was a bit scary but totally disagree with those who questioned the welcome - we felt very much at home.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tipton, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Stayed in Cromarty with husband and dog as overnight stay on the way to Thurso from the midlands; Lovely homely comfortable room no ensuite but this was not an issue for overnight stay as shared bathroom was immaculately clean. Lovely food and staff very friendly and welcoming would stay again

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds
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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Did not stay in the rooms so cannot comment on those. However on two seperate visits to Cromarty over a year have eaten three times and visited four times. It is a decent local pub. no frills. Good selection of drinks. We have always found it freindly. The food, especially the vegetarian options have always been well cooked and tasty. And served very quickly. The beer is good too and on the last visit with local real ale on tap. Although we are not local and the owners do not know us at all we have always been given a freindly greeting on entry and a goodbye on leaving. This is the Scottish family run pub expereince and there is nothing wrong with that!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Church Street, Cromarty IV11 8XA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ross and Cromarty > Cromarty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Cromarty
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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