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“Great food & view”
Review of Venachar Lochside

Venachar Lochside
Ranked #3 of 45 Restaurants in Callander
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $33
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great food & view”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

On holidaying in the near Lake Mendeith I spotted this place on Trip Advisor and decided to stop by for a coffee one day. We aren't creatures of habit but in total we have stopped by on three occasions! We've mostly just had coffee and a cake but we did have the cheese sharing board once. We've never been disappointed, the staff are polite and the view is beautiful, particularly with the excellent weather we were so lucky to have.

Great place - I'm sure we will return in the future!

  • Visited June 2014
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“Made Fathers Day Great.”
Reviewed June 15, 2014

Booked a table for Fathers day as a surprise for hubby as he was the only one in the family who hadn't been, and like us all he loved it. Everything was perfect, the three of us had the sharing board to start which was amazing, the chicken liver and glengoyne whisky pate is to die for. My hubby had the beer battered haddock, which was enormous, our daughter has a starter size of mussels which she loves and always has while I had the venachar trout, which just melted in the mouth. As we were so full we decided to take a selection of their cakes home for later. All the staff are so helpful and do a fantastic job, combined with the location the cafe is the best around.
My hubby is now a fan and we will be back again and again.

  • Visited June 2014
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Scotland
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

Fantastic location and there is an option of eating in or out. We had a beautiful sunny day and lingered over our meal which unfortunately did not reflect the good reviews we read.
We both ordered scallops but were later told they had run out as they only ever had three portions. The same happened with the wine we ordered.
The courgette and horseradish soup was very good but the mussels tasted odd and lacked freshness The risotto was good but extremely filling. Service started off well but then became spasmodic with different staff serving - no continuity.

  • Visited June 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
“Great views, good food”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

Great views of the loch, sun was out so we could sit on the deck. Attentive staff. Unique menu from local sources, salads and lamb burger excellent.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank jim r
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Aalst, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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“Absolutely worth a visit!”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

On our way from Edinburgh to Fort William, right after Callander, we made a small detour to find this wonderfully located restaurant for a quick lunch, and it was more than worth it! We had their courgette and horseradish soup as a starter, followed by the three types of smoked Scottish fish platter. We then had coffee outside on the terrace, right at Loch Venachar - simply stunning. The sun was shining and with no wind, the lake was like a mirror for the surrounding mountains. Memorable moments! Obviously, on our way back to Edinburgh we stopped their again :-)

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank RaoulDW
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CarolynBarr, Owner at Venachar Lochside, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Hi Raoul

Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to our restaurant. We're SO pleased you enjoyed your lunch with us (the smoked fish is actually my favourite). Oh, and what a lovely photograph of the loch; it is so beautiful when its calm and still. Hopefully see you again on your next road trip!
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