I've enjoyed the fine ales and hearty pub food at the Abbotsford Hotel a few times and come to the conclusion it's traditional bar is pretty much perfect. The hotel features in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and as you might expect stocks a decent selection of craft beers.
Comfortable banquette seating, copper tables, tartan carpets, dark wood bar, a roaring fire on cold days and interesting bits of vintage object d'art give the Abbotsford oodles of character. There is a friendly buzz about the place and staff ineract very nicely with the locals and residents. I get the impression that nothing is too much trouble and that they value their customers. The wifi is free and completely idiot proof when it comes to signing in - thanks for that!
The bar menu is small but well balanced and reasonably priced, and the food is well presented. The place gets very busy with the after-work crowd going in for an early dinner, but there is extra space for diners in the cosy areas beyond the main bar. I've not stayed at the hotel but I can see why it's so popular with golfers and holidaymakers. At the end of a busy day there's something quite lovely about pitching up at the bar, selecting a nice pint and finding a cosy spot to sit. If I lived closer I'd definitely make a habit of it.
Additional info: Very large car park, a short flat walk to town, historic Alloway Village or the beach and seafront promenade. Hotel is located next to two golf courses; Belleisle and Seafield, and has a beer garden and a number of function rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Abbotsford is a family-run hotel established in 1966 in a residential area a short walk from Ayr town centre. Our management and staff create a warm and informal atmosphere and always ensure your stay is both comfortable and relaxing. A wide range of activities are readily accessible from the Hotel's location making it an ideal base for both sportsman and tourist alike. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Abbotsford Hotel Ayr, Scotland