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“Afternoon Tea, Just not worth it” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cameron House

Cameron House
a82, Balloch, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
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Ranked #7 of 18 Restaurants in Balloch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Afternoon Tea, Just not worth it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We received this as a gift which was lovely. When we tried to book it through the internet we were told that the only day available to us was weeks away. As this was the middle of March we thought something wasn't quite right. My wife called and explained that it was a gift voucher from the hotel and suddenly we had a choice of dates. From what we have been told and I don't know how true it is but 5 PM had an afternoon tea deal and the hotel was limiting the numbers that could book on any given day. Now onto the day in question, if you have never been to Cameron house the setting is stunning on the banks of Loch Lomond looking towards Ben Lomond.
Afternoon tea to be honest wasn't very good, if you are a coffee lover be warned the coffee is dreadful. I had one sip and went to find the waitress to ask for some tea.
The sandwiches were arranged around the outer edge of the plate and there was not that many. The waitress who was on herself and very young was struggling to cope with simple requests, such as can we have some strawberry jam rather than the raspberry. The scones were lovely but on the small side.
Regarding the drawing room. the housekeeping is starting slip which is disappointing as the building deserves more. There are also far too many tables squeezed into the room which makes it feel cramped which is an achievement considering the size of the room.
I know we can all look back and say things used to be like this or like that however my recollection of Cameron House of old was always that it was trying to be the best, this fell far short of that. To be perfectly honest if you enjoy afternoon tea go elsewhere the only real positive of the day is the location of the hotel.

  • Visited March 2015
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
South East England, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Never Fails”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Come here every year. Facilities great.

Great for families.

Views incredible!

Swimming Pool with slide ...fun + warm
Larger swimming pool has a drop in temperature but still great.

Hot tub and sauna - age restrictions, annoying for kids yet understandable.

Staff are very friendly.

Exercise classes available!

LUXURY!

Visited July 2014
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

People had always told me how fabulous Cameron House is. My expectations didn't meet the reality. I was disappointed in the restaurant as we were seated so close to other diners. The food was good, not exceptional. No tablecloth, mediocre cutlery. The staff were very friendly.

On balance I would think twice about going there.

Visited March 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Still waiting for our cuppa in the Great Scots Bar”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We arrived early for an afternoon wedding and thought a cuppa would keep us going. We left 50 minutes late- someone brought a muffn along - but no tea to date.

  • Visited April 2015
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very good all round”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Friendly greeting on arrival and the service throughout was efficient and friendly. The room itself is an impressive space and the tables were a decent size so plenty of room for wine, water, plates etc (small tables are a pet hate of mine!). The menu was good with the focus being on the grill so plenty of sneak and meat options. We all had the scallops and black pudding to start which was very good if a little small at £12 each. The mains were much better with two of us opting for calves liver and bacon which was cooked perfectly. The wine list was affordable and quaffable. The place had a great atmosphere and had a great feel to it

  • Visited April 2015
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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