This is a difficult review to write as I thought that the food was very average but my fellow diner loved it! We sat at the back of the hotel and found it to be a bit dark and dingy with the tables being placed closed together. However, there is a nice looking conservatory at the back which serves the a la carte food, so it would be far nicer siting there. Alternatively, sitting outside the front of the hotel on the beautiful harbour side (weather not good enough for us to do that) would be lovely and I am sure the location would detract considerable from the lack of quality in the food. For starters we both had mussels in a cream sauce which was nice, however it was served with a very cheap roll in a plastic basket. For my main course I had cod (overcooked) in a dill sauce and the strong tasting sauce killed off the delicate taste of the fish. The chips (which I ate all of as I only ate half the fish) looked a bit reheated and the veg was uninspiring eg plain boiled veg, no butter, herbs etc on top. My partner had the Chefs Seafood platter (1/2 lobster thermador, mussels, crab claws, side salad, cheap roll) which he loved and said was tasty and plentiful. He could not manage a desert and there was nothing on the menu that appealed to me so be both abstained. All in all the service was fine and I am sure that sitting on the harbour side and expecting pub quality food eg no high expectation would ensure a good day/evening for all, and given the weather conditions ie only go when I could sit outside, I would try it out again and choose something different on the menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crown is centrally situated in probably the most picturesque village in Dumfries & Galloway. Sitting yards from the water's edge, we offer unspoilt views across the Portpatrick Harbour and the Irish Sea. We have twelve individual en suite rooms, all well presented with tea/coffee facilities and over forty channels on our LCD TVs. AA awarded seafood & extensive bar menu in our Conservatory restaurant. Seafront terrace dining. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crown Hotel Portpatrick, Scotland
- Crown Portpatrick