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“best for lunch in the area”
Review of Venachar Lochside

Venachar Lochside
Ranked #2 of 45 Restaurants in Callander
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $32
Cuisines: Cafe, European, British, Soups, Scottish
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Venachar Lochside has a beautiful location on the banks of Loch Venachar, 10 minutes from Callander. Our menus offer fresh, seasonal and local produce. We have facilities for idyllic lochside weddings and functions in addition to great trout and pike fishing from both boat and bank.
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“best for lunch in the area”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

been twice now for lunch and our wedding's booked there in september. both times we've been so impressed with the quality of the food/cake and the service, the staff are really helpful and friendly. the setting is incredible and you'll struggle to find a better place for lunch in the area.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank christopher h
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L M, Owner at Venachar Lochside, responded to this review, August 10, 2012
Hi - we're very glad you are continuing to be happy with us! Thanks for the review. I'm sure your wedding in September will be great! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make sure you have a great day. LMcM
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“BOOK YOUR WEDDING HERE!!!!! EVEN POPPING IN FOR A NICE MEAL IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST!!!!!!!”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Me and my partner have just had our wedding in this stunning venue, the friendly and layed back staff made our experience more than everything we could ever of have dreamed off, they handled 150 of my drunken quests excellently, joining in with the laughs and making sure everyone had what they wanted and all quests were having a good time. Hats off to the two chefs, who pulled the meals off fantastically, if you are ever in the area please pop in see for yourself, you will not be disapointed. The location and scenery is out of this world, I will be returning here again and again,

Thanks for everything

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Thank Davygibb
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L M, Owner at Venachar Lochside, responded to this review, August 10, 2012
Thank you for the great review. We're very glad that you and your guests enjoyed the day. Sorry about the rain - not just normal rain but a real tropical thunderstorm and downpour just as dinner was being served in the marquee. Thanks to you and your guests for being understanding and flexible in dealing with it. As you said, it didn't seem to affect the party! LMcM
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stonehouse scotland
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“no interest in customers whatsoever!!!!”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Had seen this location on saturday last week, they were closed for a wedding. We had been looking for a really nice intimate and small wedding venue so popped in today at 15.45. We approached the counter where a female member of staff was standing. After about a minute we noticed a sign that said table service. So we took a seat at the window and sat and sat and sat and sat. Then a lady came out looked across, we thought ok she has noticed us. The place was not busy, only three tables were occupied. We sat for a further ten minutes. The inattentiveness by staff may have cost them dearly.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank serendipidy_9
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L M, Owner at Venachar Lochside, responded to this review, August 10, 2012
'....no interest in customers whatsoever!!!!!' You cannot make this statement with any legitimacy. All you can claim is that you were not served in a timely fashion, but you cannot fabricate what you believe to be inside our heads and then state it in a public forum. Factually, your statement is clearly untrue - please look at all the other reviews for evidence. In fact, we take customer service very seriously, as most of our customers would agree. It may well be that we did not serve you in a timely manner - even the best customer service has slip-ups. In reading your very detailed account of the event I notice that at no time did you either talk to the staff or signal to them that you were ready to order. You are correct, we should have served you in a timely manner and the staff should have been more proactive, but service in a restaurant is a two-way process governed by well-known conventions and the customer has to play their part. I have been in many restaurants, good restaurants, where to receive service I have had to attract the attention of the staff by raising my hand. It appears to work and I did not resent having to invest in the effort. I'm sure the vast majority of people would agree with me and would take no offence at having to call over one of the waiting staff. Having said this, the staff should have greeted you at the door, shown you to your table and returned to take your order. All of these are our standard customer service behaviours for waiting staff. The lady you mention obviously forgot on that day and for that I apologise. LMcM
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3 reviews
“Dream Wedding Location”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

My husband and I got hitched yesterday at the venue, the food was fantastic, the staff attentive and professional. I can't thank them enough for making my day so memorable. This is a beautiful and very unique setting :). So happy, thank you Carolyn, Andrew and all the staff.

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Thank jxr01
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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“Great place to stop. Coffee, lunch and beautiful location.”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Use this regularly when on the bike. Welcome break after the Duke's Pass. Great food and location. You wont be disappointed.

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1 Thank THT1969
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