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“Sunday lunch.”
Review of The Canny Man

The Canny Man
Ranked #7 of 104 Restaurants in Kilmarnock
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $24
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Known for years as The Paraffin Lamp, this popular pub and restaurant has been extensively refurbished and relaunched as The Canny Man. Situated in Lugton, near Kilmarnock in Ayreshire, it is fast becoming a local favourite thanks to the welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff. The interior is a seamless blend of old and new, complete with traditional stone walls, wooden furniture, and modern patterned wallpaper. Head Chef Scott Neilson has put together a classic British menu, with some continental influences, and this is complemented by daily specials. With tasty steaks, oven-baked pizzas and some excellent fish dishes on offer, you'll be spoilt for choice. For lazy lunches,coffee and cakes by the log fire,mid-week dinners and Sunday lunch with the family.
Reviewed December 3, 2013

My wife and I took our daughter here for a Sunday birthday lunch. The carpark was busy and the restaurant packed with families of all ages. The young staff were welcoming,efficient and very pleasant despite being "worked off their feet". We all enjoyed our meals and my Cullen Skink followed by "Haggis, Neeps and Tatties" were delicious. A minor constructive suggestion however. On arrival the table surface was spotless but once our drinks had been placed on it the condensation from the glasses left trails of water on it. As coasters are not provided perhaps the waiters could wipe the surface between the starter and main courses and the appearance would be more pleasing to the eye. During our meal we heard lovely background ceilidh music and thought that it was the Radio Scotland Robbie Shepherd programme. It was only on leaving that we realised it was a live band playing opposite the bar area. A real treat.

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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Surprised just how close this country pub is to Glasgow and after saturday night will be making the journey again very soon. The welcome was warm and we were shown to a nice table which was not too close to other diners. The menu is extensive and was extended further with specials for that night. Drinks were very closely followed by our tasty starters which included home made soup. Mains were cheese and leek glazed salmon fillet and chicken breast in pepper sauce and these were very good choices but judging by comments from other tables we could not have made a wrong choice. Managed to fit in ice cream and a pavlova with coffees and then was presented with a very reasonable bill. The staff were friendly and seemed really interested in our enjoyment. Will be back soon.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We visited recently on holiday and were pleased we found this lovely pub. It has a welcoming wood burning stove in the lounge and we sat there on the squidgy sofas whilst we looked at the menu. There are also some very good original artworks on the walls - some are for sale for charity.
The menu is comprehensive with the normal pub fare and lots of choice. There are early bird deals which are excellent value. The dining area is really pleasant and the tables were all clean and well spaced. The husband had fresh burger and I had the pie - both decent portions and very tasty. The staff were efficient and polite and we will definitely visit again on our next trip to the area.

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Thank Susi C
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Had my mother and motherinlaw out for the day, called in on the off chance of getting a meal here would highly recomend the canny man ,meal was lovely and staff very helpfull and efficient and a bonus there was a live ceilidh band ,the atmosphere was very friendly .another bonus both mothers are in there eighties and were offered half portions on their main meal which was more than adequate for them.

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Thank Jean C
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We are regular guests at the Canny Man. We find the food value for money, surroundings pleasant and the staff warm and friendly without being intrusive.
Nothing is too much bother if you don't want a particulr sauce with somethig you can ask for a change. The staff never grump just sort it for you.

It is a pleasant place for a meal or coffee with a friend. You are never rushed out the door and plates are only taken away when you are finished

Staff are attentive but never intrusive. Being a regular visitor either with my husband or with friends always welcomed back.

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Thank Sarah M
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