During a three hour stopover in Rothesay during a trip on the paddle steamer Waverley, we decided to find somewhere to grab some lunch. Unfortunately Rothesay isn't blessed with an abundance of great places to go for lunch - most of the restaurants on the Trip Advisor top 20 for Rothesay are either not open for lunch, or they were smoky cafes serving fish & chips - okay if that's what you like, but that's not what we were looking for.
Anyway, we stumbled on Ghillies whilst hunting for a lunchtime place and I'm glad we did. On entry (via the entrance to the Victoria Hotel), you have the option of the restaurant upstairs or the small bistro downstairs - we opted for the latter and helped ourselves to a table.
Service was good - it was fairly quiet in the bistro, so the staff were always on hand when needed and, even more welcome - not in your face when not needed. We had some drinks and, after deciding on our meals, didn't have to wait too long until we had them on the table.
The food was surprisingly good. I mean I wasn't expecting poor food but it was better than I expected from a seafront bistro that probably caters for a lot of tourists. It wasn't gourmet style (perhaps upstairs in the restaurant) but it was tasty, full of fresh ingredients and just about the right size for a lunch. I had a minute-steak open sandwich which was one of the nicest steak sandwiches I've had in a long long time, and my partner had a jacket potato with prawns - something relatively simple which can often be quite bland or done badly.. but in this case, she commented that it was pretty much spot on.
To top it off, including alcoholic drinks the bill was under £20 which, given the quality of the meals and the location seemed pretty good value to me.
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