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“Good but for one or two minor quibbles”
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Murray Arms
Manchester
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33 reviews
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“Good but for one or two minor quibbles”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Murray Arms Hotel Gatehouse of Fleet is one of the most charming, little hotels in the Dumfries and Galloway area it was established in 1760, the Murray Arms is a listed building retaining much of its character and original features - such as white-washed walls which are traditional to the area. The reason for my visit was to eat and they certainly do the local produce justice. I started with that firm tourist to Scotland favourite, Haggis, Neeps and Tatties in a Whiskey sauce. This was really nice although I lost the taste of the whiskey in the sauce (a few drops more, please) and although it wasn't mentioned, I hoped that the whiskey was the locally produced Bladnoch whiskey - if it was then it really should have been highlighted. Another little grumble was that the tatties were quite watery, and needed a huge knob of butter and black pepper to compliment the neeps and the haggis. My main course was a beautifully local sourced steak (again I wish they had said it was from a "beltie" - which is the famous beef cow from the area.) but it was cooked to perfection, and it was a generous size and the portion of fries and onion rings were so much that even a fat lad like me struggled to finish it off.

Desert was simple and it was the local Ice Cream, the Cream o' Galloway's Peppermint Ice Cream, that was refreshing and cleansed the palate.

The Hotel is beautiful. The waiting staff are keen and helpful, especially the pretty Polish one. The cost of the meal was reasonable, so a good deal all round.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2012

The occasion was a celebratory family meal...... We waited 45 mins to have our meal served after our order was taken for drinks/food...... They forgot one of our drinks! The slow cooked pork belly sounded delicious but who in the world would pour gravy over what should be lovely crispy crackling??? I rest my case.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

The hotel is badly in need of refurbishment and modernisation. However, it does have a certain charm and everywhere was spotlessly clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful and breakfast was lovely, cooked to order and piping hot. We didn't dine at the Hotel (we have family and friends living close by) but the menu was varied and very reasonably priced - as were drinks at the bar. This Hotel has the potential to be something wonderful - here's hoping it's not too long before management spend some money to bring it into the 21st century.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cwmbran
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2012

We arrived at The Murray Arms Hotel to a really nice welcome from staff and were shown to our room and luggage carried up for us with their being no lift and quite a few stairs so not suitable to anyone with any severe dissabilities. The room was comfortable, if a little warm on arrival. The weather being wet and windy, the heating had been turned up to compensate but it took sometime to return to a normal temperature once we had turned it off.

The food at the hotel was very good indeed and the dining room, although small, had a nice decor and the staff were very attentive. There is plenty of choice on the breakfast menu, including smoked haddock and poached egg and kippers which pleased my husband very much. The dinner menu was very good but not so many choices but plenty of variety.

We had visited a local smokehouse and brought some of their products and the staff arranged for the chef to store this in the fridge until our departure which was very much appreciated.

We would certainly recommend a stay here as there are quite a few attractions nearby and one or two places within Gatehouse of Fleet worth having a meal out.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

The photos on the website made the hotel look quite appealing but in arrival to a scruffy exteriored building, I had a sinking feeling. The staff were friendly enough but the hotel did not warrant £80 per night for a basic room or the star rating. It smelt like an old folks home and a lot of the furniture looked like it came from there as well. The carpets were Ill fitting, there was no hot water, the bath seal was yellow and peeling. The wash hand basin was not fixed to the wall. The tv didn't work so the lady came to see if it could be retuned which I had already tried. It was irreparable so we got moved to the room next door which looked like there had been a leak from above in the not too distant past and the old sash and case window would not shut nor lock. All in all a serious disappointment. Over priced and sub standard. I expected Basil Fawlty to appear at any moment!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Sixmilebridge, Ireland
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2012

Pleasant atmosphere, good food. Useful distance from Ferryport. Interesting area and pretty village.
We understand that the new owners intend refurbishing the hotel shortly so we look forward to that on our next visit.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

We had dinner in the hotel last night,wow! What a difference a year or two makes.My husband and i thoroughly enjoyed our 2 courses and coffee.
I had the goats cheese starter and the other half had the smoked salmon,both presented well.We both chose the venison in a red berry sauce,absolutely divine,served with a good portion of well cooked dauphinaise,and red cabbage,and a separate dish with more vegetables.Coffee was served with homemade tablet,very very nice indeed.
We also thought it was very competitively priced- Venison £13,Goats cheese- £5.75.
We have eaten in their sister hotel "The Ship" and think the chef
is so much better in "The Murray""
The staff were very friendly and welcoming.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank vin5red12
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Property: Murray Arms
Address: High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2HY, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Gatehouse of Fleet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Gatehouse of Fleet
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Hotel Class:2 star — Murray Arms 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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