After the intitial disappointment of the industrial access road the actual situation of the hotel of the hotel is a pleasant surprise.
There is a note in the room that the hotel is being slowly refurbished and please bear with them. Fine, but the charges don't reflect this and my single room was well past any former glory requiring an urgent and comprehensive update. It felt grubby.
Dining here was an event in itself. Far too much of an event. There's a lot of effort going into the kitchen here but it all shows and there's no feeling of relaxation. More a feeling that you should be applauding the chef for each dish. The worrying sign of pictures of the food and various accolades around the room were the first warning. The second being that a bar dinner had to be eaten in the breakfast dining room. It's all just too much hassle. The food was good if more than a little over-seasoned but the wine list is far too short, particularly the wines by the glass.
This could be a really nice little hotel with a little work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relaxed comfortable award-winning 4 star restaurant with rooms in beautiful surroundings with fantastic food and friendly staff on the banks of the river Nith in Dumfries and Galloway. Close to Drumlanrig Castle Dumfries House and Crawick Multiverse. Fishing available. On the Southern Upland Way in beautiful walking and cycling country. Next door to a swimming pool with golf course less than 1/2 mile away. Only 45 miles from Glasgow ... more less
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