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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