During our extremely wet and windy (ex-USA hurricane) week at beautiful Stronachlachar on Loch Katrine, we visited the Lade Inn twice. Once for a late lunch because it was raining, cold and dark and we needed somewhere to eat and dry off. The second occasion (early evening meal) was because the place was so welcoming the first time with fantastic food and excellent staff. They even welcomed our two reasonably well-behaved dogs (large Airedale and small nondescript terrier). Although it's not the cheapest place to eat, neither is is run-of-the-mill pub grub. My partner Amy enjoyed the scampi/chips so much the first time that she ordered it on the second occasion too while I went for the haggis, neeps and tatties on the first visit and the steak & ale pie second time around. All the food was beautifully flavoured and freshly cooked and we enjoyed every mouthful. The raspberry concoction we sampled for the sweet course had to be tasted to be believed and if my waistline's anything to go by, it wasn't the lo-calorie version. As if the above wasn't enough, the owners have their own micro-brewery close by and although I can't claim to have tried all three variants, the blonde one I supped (lowest ABV) was excellent and a most unusual flavour. The pub is actually in Kilmahog just outside Callendar at the start of the Duke's Pass to Aberfoyle. It's worth a drive to sample such an excellent ambience and friendly folk.
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