I have visited this lovely old Inn many times in the past, and have always enjoyed the hospitality of the staff and locals, and the slightly ramshackle nature of the building simply added to the allure.
The new owner has totally destroyed everything that made Glenuig Inn wonderful and replaced it with a school canteen. He declines to sell what visitors, and indeed locals, would like - draught Guinnes and lager, fish & chips for the kids - and instead is attempting to foist his own tastes in real ale and a strange Scottish/mediterranean fusion menu on his clientele. Our seafood platter appreared to be sourced in Morrison's supermarket, appalling for a place that used to be the haunt of local fishermen. His own manner is verging on the creepy, and the total lack of friendly faces, cosy atmosphere and pleasant relaxed conversation between visitors and locals was very very sad.
It was very upsetting to see this wonderful Inn that has seen so many wonderful sessions of live music and good crack destroyed by somone who obviously has no appreciation of the culture of the west highlands and seems intent on imposing his own notions of hospitality and tastes in beers and food on the local community and on us, the visitors to this wonderful place. Our previous stays have seen us engage with the locals in the bar on many occasions - this time we saw none in the Inn itself, and it is not surprising.
The bright side is that the locals have responded in a positive fashion, and the local Glenuig Hall, (which already contributes so much to the cultural life of the highlands), now operates a wonderful tearoom serving lunches and an occasional bar (called "Hub Clubs") at weekends where locals and visitors can meet and mingle.
Our visits to the area around Glenuig and to its wonderful events in the hall will continue but unfortunately future visits to Glenuig Inn will begin with some trepidation and if our recent visit is anything to go by, will end in despair.
- Also Known As:
- Glenuig Hotel Glenuig
- Glenuig Inn Scotland