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“Sunday Lunch”

Pennan Inn Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Pennan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $42
Cuisines: Scottish
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Last Sunday at a loose end we went to Pennan and booked lunch at the Pennan Inn. Great welcome and even better meal. What a cosy wee place which any time before we had been it was closed/for sale so now we've seen it I can't recommend it enough. The menu is a bit limited but thats what to expect in a small place but it was all fresh and local. If you've nothing to do, go and visit!

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Thank Garry C
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Despite its status as a historic building in a tiny fishing village, idyllically situated facing the sea, the Pennan Inn has been left with little of the character you’d expect. It’s run by two nice young people, it’s spotlessly clean, and there are a few bits and pieces of local history, including a ship’s bell and the news cuttings from the film Local Hero, which was filmed here in the 80s. But apart from that, there's no atmosphere. There are new tables, new carpet, modern bar, a small selection of mainstream whiskies, and no real ale (not even in bottles).

We had (reluctantly) a half of mass-produced lager and a diet coke (the only wine available appears to be in the kind of small bottles you get on planes). Then, for food – well, the menu is exactly what you’d expect to find in every wine bar between Newcastle and St Albans. A perfectly acceptable tomato soup (tinned? not sure) and some fishcakes served attractively on a square plate with a nice side-salad but red hot with absorbed oil and mushy in texture. Others round us were having steak, peas, and chips, all of which looked well enough cooked. But nothing to excite (other reviewers spoke about Thai evenings, so perhaps on an Easter lunchtime, we went at the wrong time).

The lack of fit with the location and the historic character of the building is puzzling: it’s just not clear what the owners were thinking when they devised the menu, the décor, or the overall approach of the place.

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1  Thank shadbury_bonwell
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Myself and my husband visited Pennan with family who were staying for the Easter weekend. Our visitors were looking forward to seeing the pub and phone box from Local Hero. However when we entered the pub at 2.30pm on Easter Sunday we were surprised at how unwelcome we were made to feel. Myself and my son 23 nieces 17 and 22 and her boyfriend 26 found some nice comfy seats. However we were straight away asked by a member of staff to 'go to the bar to sort things out'?? Not knowing what she meant and feeling a little awkward we all went to the bar, where my son who was buying drinks was asked for ID, which he had. My niece and her boyfriend didn't have ID on them and despite being with me and me vouching for them, and us being in a family group they would not serve them alcohol. The only explanation we got was an unfriendly ' it's the law' as though we were trying to buy drink for under age drinkers which we most certainly weren't.
We certainly weren't encouraged to buy a second drink or to stay any longer. Overall it was a very embarrassing and awkward situation for us all and they have lost out on any future custom from local people who will now not be visiting again.

3  Thank Alistair M
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Driving coast route North from Aberdeen; on a cold, wet & dreary day there was a noticeable absence of welcoming places for Sunday lunch.
Braving the steep drive into Pennan, we were greeted with a lovely spot in awful weather. One place open Pennan Inn, the bar was cosy & warm, staff welcoming - good beer & whisky.
Only menu is a short restaurant menu; selected fish cakes, fish'n'chips, scampi - hot, tasty, nicely presented in the pretty restaurant.
Plan to go on a bright day to see Pennan at its best, book your table in advance & check your brakes!!!

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Thank love2travellove2eat
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

limited menu and prices seemed on the high side, but good food. fantastic position, the inn sits at the bottom of the cliffs, very steep windy road to get there

Thank Jo s
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