Stayed here one night in February with my wife as a base to explore the North Antrim Coast. Upon arrival everything was fine, check in was efficient and staff were friendly. We were offered an upgrade to the Mill House Deluxe for the reasonable sum of £10, which we accepted. The room was nice, comfortable and spacious and well equipped.
We wandered into the bar to order a snack/lunch and ordered from the menu entitled bar nibbles. Enjoying the fire and the Guinness, we were told that we had to move to the restaurant for the food. Slightly annoying as we were comfortable where we were and had ordered from the 'bar nibbles' menu. However we moved and ate our lunch, which was very tasty.
Upon returning from a tour of The Bushmills Distillery (short, but worth it), we walked around the hotel before settling in the bar for a few pre dinner drinks. We then went back to the room to freshen up for a dinner reservation at 7:30 that was booked the night before and confirmed upon arrival.
When we arrived down for dinner (circa 7:20), we were told that the table wasn't ready and we were showed to a seat beside reception. Menus were given to us and drinks orders taken. Forty minutes later at about 8:10 we were finally shown to our table. No apology for the wait or as much as a glass of water offered for the inconvenience.
Once seated we were presented with our starters immediately (as the order had been taken while we were sat outside), no bread was offered before the meal or settling in time. From the starter to the main course, the food was awful. It lacked imagination, but more importantly, it lacked any taste, either good or bad. My wife and I both tried each others food and it was the same, bland and insipid. I'm not one of these people who take pictures of food, it rather irritates me when people do that, however I had to on this occasion. The vegetables were swimming in grease (see attached pic), not sure if it was butter or oil, but either way, it did nothing to mask their awful taste. The meat while appearing to be cooked to the way I ordered it, was very salty, so much so, I couldn't taste the meat.
For desert we ordered a cheese plate. This has to be one of the easiest things to get right, any supermarket or corner shop sell a variety of cheeses that could pass for a decent cheese plate, unless your an aficionado. But again, we were let down. The waiter didn't tell us what cheeses were on the board, it was simply placed in front for us to decipher. This proved difficult, as again the food disappointed, we couldn't distinguish any discernible difference in taste between each of the cheese, even the blue cheese! It seemed that they were either not stored correctly or not stored at all. We had coffee and left for the bar.
We were very disappointed with our overall stay in the hotel. Despite the fact that everything else was fine and it should be, this place is not cheap to stay, the dinner was a big part of our stay and it left the bitterest of taste, which is more than can be said for the food.
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