My mum and I stayed in Ayr for 2 nights at the end of September, courtesy of my dad who booked it as a surprise for us. We stayed at the gorgeous Appin House B&B, seriously 5* interior design - stunning house and wonderfully genuine and welcoming hosts. My dad bought us a dinner voucher for the Brig O'Doon House Hotel. He and my mum had been before, but it was the first time for me, and I was keen to experience a dinner there in 'The Witchery'. We arrived on a Friday evening, quite early, around 7pm. The restaurant was not busy at this stage, just several couples sitting at tables. We were given menus and offered some fresh artisan bread (1 slice each - 2 would have been a treat). The main menu they gave us hadn't a single vegetarian main. I asked for vegetarian options and the girl was not sure, so she called a young male over. He went and found a vegetarian menu. This was very limited, due to several unexciting options. It was a birthday dinner, so I wanted a nice meal, not a melon salad.
We ordered a jug of juice, and the Leek and Potato soup to start. This was delicious, so tasty. But served without bread, because we had already been given our slice when we arrived. In a restaurant, soup without bread is a bit depressing. Following this, we ordered the mains. My mum got the salmon, I had a roast tomato and goats cheese puff pastry dish. We also ordered a side of mixed vegetables and creamed potatoes.
We waited a long time, and then the 2 main meals arrived and we were bid an 'enjoy your meal' before the waitress disappeared. But where were the vegetables and creamed mash? We waited to get the attention of a worker, finally the thin brunette girl who took our orders (she had not written down the 2 sides at the time of order) appeared, and we asked her about the sides. She said "Oh, you want your sides, that's fine". Well yes, of course we want them - quite clearly she had forgotten to tell the chef about them. No apologies. So we waited another 10 minutes, our mains getting cold. A male brought the side dishes, no offer of heating the main meals. We ate. The creamed mash was lovely. After our mains we were asked would we like a dessert. I opted for a hot chocolate instead. My mum ordered a pot of tea and some kind of apple crumble tart. My hot chocolate came. The apple tart came. But no tea. We waited. A waiter eventually appeared. I asked about the tea. Once again, it had been forgotten. Oh dear....the restaurant wasn't even busy so there was no excuse! The tea came, it was drunk. And we were finished. The bill was £45. Steep indeed, especially for such mediocre service. The Witchery itself was cosy, and the reception area was welcoming. The middle-aged lady on reception was very pleasant, but the waiting staff in the restaurant had their heads in the clouds. The next morning we spent the remaining £5 voucher in the Brig O'Doon tea shop which overlooks the river. 2 teas, a brownie and a caramel shortbread....£8.50ish!!!! Ridiculous!
Would I rush back? No.
- Also Known As:
- Brig O Doon Hotel Ayr, Scotland