The Boat has got a new chef. Now the old chef was really good (we've stayed a few times), but this new chef has just moved the whole menu up a few notches (turns out he's been Scottish chef of the year - I think). There's pretty much something for everyone on the menu, regardless of time or occasion - from a quick light snack to a full on fine dining extravaganza.
We were there for my wife's birthday, and the whole weekend was tremendous. The staff are great, they're very friendly and will go out of their way to help.
For the birthday dinner, my wife had a smoked wood pigeon starter followed by seafood linguine for main course, while I had a hot smoked salmon starter followed by a platter of scallops. Then to top it off we both had a terrific chocolatey dessert.
As for the hotel in general. The public areas ooze charm (the leather chairs beside the log fire are just fantastic after a days skiing at Cairngorm mountain). The rooms are well equipped, and the views looking out over Boat of Garten golf course and the Spey Valley are just stunning.
It's a great location, in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, and overall I don't think I can rate it highly enough. It's a fantastic place to go and stay for a break, but even if you're staying somewhere else, you should still go there for a meal.
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April 13, 2013
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Having been a special dinner for your wife I am glad we were able to provide the quality of service that merits such a lovely response. As you mentioned we have recently had a change of leadership in our kitchen and while this takes nothing away from our previous chef, who did a wonderful job, we are pleased that the transition has not gone unnoticed. We are quite blessed with the location and what the area has to offer but its the staff that are a credit to us.
It is always nice to receive the feedback from our guests and we put that to good use to improve as and where we can.
We do hope that you will be back again soon and that we are able once again tickle your taste buds with more mouthwatering dishes.
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