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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Ban-Car Hotel

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Ban-Car Hotel
Ranked #3 of 18 Fraserburgh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Aberdeenshire
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25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We went here yesterday (12th Jan) for a bar lunch with two of our children. We didn't book but went about 2pm and got a table no problem. It was quite busy always a good sign.
The service was OK, nothing special, but the food was very poor.
So poor that I left almost all my chicken, my daughter said hers was very dry, and my wife said her chicken goujons were from a packet not fresh made.
Been a few times to the carvery and its excellent, but the local chippie would have been a better bet yesterday and would have been cheaper than the 32 for one course.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Visited this place for food just before Christmas. We all had the festive menu and we were not disappointed. Very good food, big portions and overall a great feed. Good value for money also. Just off the main road - if you are passing give it a try! You will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Paul T
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dee7372
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

my friend and i decided to give the bancar another go for his birthday tea ( after walking out last year after waiting an hour to receive our main course) (and it wasnt busy and was through the week!)...we used to go regularly, but after the last issue we never went back!....until last month...and it saddens me to say this but once again the food was not up to standard!(we appeared mid week)
opting for battered chicken goujons with garlic dip and chips....what arrived were not chicken goujons but chicken dippers!, (goujons arent round and flat!),the "garlic" mayo had no taste of garlic at all (and i dont like strong garlic but even i couldnt taste it!) and the most miniscule portion of chips between 2 was pathetic...we counted 8 chips each (not even home made ones...but just frozen frying chips!)
the portions used to be massive in the past....now they appear to be non-existant!
the sweets we felt were mediocre and over priced for what you got.
overall the staff were helpful and friendly but the food i am afraid we were really disappointed with and means we will not be back for a meal at the Bancar again! :(

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Dornoch
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We have made several trips here and never been disappointed. As a group, we paid £15 for a three course meal or £12.50 for half portions. Given the advice that half portions were more than ample, half of the party opted for this. Selection was good, and accompanied by very generous dishes of vegetables and chips. Extra portions of stuffing were requested and served at no extra cost. The restaurant was busy and is clearly popular and worth the travelling.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Willowrowan
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Aberdeen, Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

We visited this venue for a wedding and were not disappointed in any way shape or form. The lay out of this labrynth is quite bamboozling with a never ending series of bends which certainly adds to its quirkyness and is definately a lot bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside! The food is hearty scottish fare with plentiful portions and to be fare if you can handle the pudding you are a hungrier man than me! While we were in the function suite, we were completely apart from the other areas of the hotel so we could enjoy ourselves while the other patrons went about their night.

The bedroom was spacious with all mod cons and modern bathrooms and for a very good price. The only thing i would say is that it would have been nice to have black out blinds as with the sun rising it tends to stir you earlier than you perhaps would like.

Star of the show has to be the breakfast, not just the actual food but the time! Any place that has breakfast time between 9 and 11am is a winner for me! The Full scottish was one of the best that i have had on my travels and just what i needed!

Great little gem!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Goviegovie
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Cowdenbeath
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53 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

Nice family run hotel food first class, rooms well appointed all mod cons T V, Kettle all rooms shower toilet ,value for money, ideal for staying in the Peterhead Fraserburgh area, staff very helpful, just down the road the church yard where Elvis the King family came from.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

Excellent Scottish cooked breakfast. You have got to try the local black pudding; THE best in Scotland. Clean accommodation, restaurant served local fresh well cooked food. Ended up staying 2 nights instead of 1 visiting family in Fraserburgh and researching distant ancestors. Found the headstone of g-g-grandma, Ann Gatt Ritchie in Tyrie churchyard by complete accident. You must try Bicocchi’s ice cream, 1 College Bounds, Fraserburgh, it is not only the best in Aberdeenshire but probably the world. Would recommend staying at the Ban-Car Hotel.

Room Tip: Clean, spacious, modern and quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ban-Car Hotel

Property: Ban-Car Hotel
Address: Main Road | Lonmay, Fraserburgh AB43 8RL, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Fraserburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Fraserburgh
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
Ban-Car Hotel Fraserburgh, Scotland

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