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“Sunday Lunch at the Tibbie Shiels”
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Tibbie Shiels Inn Restaurant
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Having looked at the Tibbie Shiels' website, great things were expected of their Sunday roast. The roast pork [with stuffing, a "just right" Yorkshire pudding, 3 roast potatoes (most strange burnt flavour although they weren't burnt), a good helping of stuffing, what appeared to be home-made apple sauce that was good and mixed vegetables] was OK, but nothing out of the ordinary. However, it is also priced at average at £8.95.

Tibbie Shiels' Inn is a little bit "tired", but it was good to eat in the conservatory part of the restaurant and be able to watch the sailing boats with their lovely colourful sails against the beautiful southern upland hills behind. It is definitely an extremely good place for those who are walking the Southern Upland Way and arrive with big appetites and, of course, being a walkers' venue, the floors do become mudded. It was surprising, however, to find that although the toilet itself was clean, it didn't make sense to wash hands after because there was a white towel for the purpose, but it wasn't white - it was filthy!

Sadly for such a wonderful beauty spot c. 17 miles from Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway Council have allowed the road to reach an absolutely appalling state and I guess my enjoyment of the visit suffered due to it having been an uncomfortable drive. The A708 out from Moffat was voted as the best road in the U.K. for motorcyclists not so long ago. I very much doubt that's still the case as there were a number of extremely deep potholes and the sides of the road have just about crumbled away. It was interesting to note that immediately one passes from the Dumfries and Galloway Council's side to the Borders' Council's side there was a very marked improvement in the road, such that the drive back was over the road with passing places past Megget and Talla Reservoirs - lovely scenery and, for the most part, a good smooth journey!

I don't expect to be making a return visit any time soon!

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1  Thank Marilyn E
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

was a lovely traditional pub. nioce friendly staff.

Thank Angelasraj
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

We were visiting distant family in Moffat and wanted to take them for dinner - they suggested Tibbie Shiels which was about a half hour drive away. Beautiful scenery along the way brought us to St. Mary's Loch. Upon entering and walking through the bar area to the restaurant we were greeted by a fellow who was apparently an owner, seated in front of the fire and looking like he had just walked in from a hard day of outdoor work. He gave us a warm reception and directed us to the restaurant area. We asked to be seated in the conservatory - a small glassed-in room off the back of the building, overlooking the loch. It was a miserable grey and rainy evening, but they turned on a heater which quickly made the room much more comfortable. Service was friendly by a waiter with a good sense of humour even though 2 young and active children were with us. I had the chicken pot pie, very flavourful with a wonderfully flaky crust, followed by a sticky toffee pudding. This was arguably the best I've ever had, moist cake pudding and the toffee sauce had a bit of cream in it. I did not expect to find this caliber of restaurant in what seemed to be "the middle of nowhere" along the road. When we return to Scotland, I would definitely go again and recommend it to others.

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Thank LorenzoW
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Our intention was to meet at the pub for evening meal/drinks with friends and rough camp in a nearby location. Our friends arrived first to a very rude and unwelcoming reception in the bar area. We arrived later and were very taken aback by the hostile, borderline aggresive attitude of the hotel owner. We were told in no uncertain terms that we were not allowed to park our vehicle in the carpark if we were not staying in the hotel. When the owner realised that we were indeed planning to have dinner and drinks there he then changed his tact but by that point we felt no great urge to eat in the pub, we did however go for several drinks early evening, The following afternoon when we arrived back at our cars we were appauled to learn that the owner had blocked one of the cars in the carpark ith his own vehicle and he then approached our vehicle to ask why we had told him 'porkies' the night before about having our evening meal in the bar. Had we not had the sense and calm approach to listen to the hotel owners rant I am certain that there was the potential for the confrontation to turn aggresive. How on earth can the owners expect to have a prosperous business when they choose to treat potential customers with such hostility. Sadly our group felt that this whole situation could have been avoided had we been advised when we arrived that we could pay to park overnight, or that a minimum spend was required in his establishment. This is a place in the borders that I have known and loved for many years however I will not be returning here nor would I ever recommend this hotel to friends or any aquaintences, This is the kind of reception and attitude by hotel proprietors that gives Scotland a bad name.

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6  Thank Joanne M
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Reviewed July 20, 2012
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