We spent a night of D, B & B at the Aston and were pleasantly surprised at the hotel and setting. Although living quite locally I had not realised what a lovely spot the Crichton University Campus (where the hotel is located) was! Lured by the promise of Marco Pierre White inspired dinner we set off. The Hotel itself is very modern and the rooms were excellent. Our room had a large bath tub and a generous walk in shower, king sized bed and was a great place for a good night's sleep. The bar, set in the older part of the complex is a bit underwhelming for the size of hotel and was both under staffed and rather thin on choice if you favour real beer or whisky! Dinner in the very busy restaurant was excellent. Although the menu was perhaps not as daring as you might imagine from the billing, my Scallop starter on Cauliflower puree with crisped pancetta, Roasted belly pork and butter beans and apple charlotte (delicious) clove ice cream and caramel sauce were all pretty much spot on. The wine list was reasonably priced and nicely varied and the wine came at perfect temperature too. Breakfast, although buffet style for all items, was also excellent. The breakfast service was very busy and it was nice to see the chefs at the hot food bar every couple of minutes topping up eggs, bacon etc. I could have done with mushrooms too and the DIY toast, butter and poor quality of marmalades etc rather let the otherwise excellent side down! All in all a great location on a lovely campus and all of our party (6) thoroughly enjoyed their stay and food.
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- Also Known As:
- Dumfries Aston
- Aston Hotel Dumfries
- Holiday Inn Dumfries Scotland