The hotel has a wonderful setting and Cairnbaan, even in the rain, can be quite magical.
As for the hotel, the room we had was cosy, clean and comfortable. It felt like it had recently been refurbished but, if the owners are reading this, you do need to repair the shower fixture in room 10.
We were not impressed by the restaurant. The room itself has no atmospere, the carpet really needs cleaned and as temperatures soared in the south of England, we were grateful for the Calor gas heater. The young waiting staff were very pleasant but they do need training in how to do the job. The kitchen has collected a number of "rosettes" over past years. However on the night we ate there, the meal was unmemorable. The scallops were overpowered by the rather greasy black pudding and puree, and the game pie and the rib-eye steak were both drowned in powerful sauces. The flavour of the meat was lost, and the texture of the pastry suggested it might have been baked some time earlier.
Perhaps they were just having a bad night. Breakfast was better - but no marmalade. How does a kitchen run out of marmalade? So if you're going and if this matters to you, perhaps you should take your own.
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