I have dined in both the lounge bar and the restaurant and not found either to be a particularly satisfactory experience. This in no reflection on quality of the food - which is lovely. However, more to do with the management of the place. Our bar meal experience, although tasty, was marred by the inability of the waiter to communicate the last orders time to us so we nearly didn't get any food despite telling him that we were going to wait and enjoy our wine before ordering!
I was impressed though by the decor and general ambiance of the place soI then decided to return with my daughter to see if the 'restaurant' was any better - it wasn't. We waited nearly twenty five minutes before asking a waiter where our starters were (more than patient I think as we were only having pate). He returned to say that there had been a technical error between the waiting staff entering the order and the kitchen receiving it and gave us a complimentary glass of wine - fair enough. However, our enjoyment was further detracted from by the sheer noise of chattered from neighbouring groups of diners and by the 'background music'. We asked to be moved from the conservatory to the main dining room as I believe other diners had done only to be met with a similar problem. There is no dividing wall to speak of between the lounge bar and the the conservatory is also open plan therefore the dining room wasn't much quieter. To add to this, a singer came on obviously using a mic and this was the last straw for me - I just wanted to get out.
If you are looking for a 'pubby' type experience with loud music and bustle this is the place for you. However, if you want to go for a quiet meal where you can hear your dining partner speak then I would recommend that you either go here through the week or not at all. We were there on a Friday night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcoming traditional village hotel in walking distance to Scotland's largest undercover shopping and leisure centre in East Kilbride. East Kilbride has many local attractions including Village Theatre, Golf Courses, Ten Pin Bowling, Ice Skating, Odeon Cinema and is only 7 miles from Glasgow city centre. Built in 1773 by General Stuart of Torrance as a cotton-spinning mill and workers' houses the building in Torrance Square provided a focus for town life. In its many incarnations the popular Torrance Hotel has also housed a school, a shop and a Coaching Inn, but it has always been at the heart of East Kilbride. The building has retained all its original character and charm. We have 20 comfortable bedrooms including the newly refurbished Honeymoon Suite for 2007. Enjoy a meal in our warm and friendly restaurant or lounge bar which caters for a wide range of food from traditional meals to bar snacks. We are a 5 minute walk from the local train station which will take you straight into Glasgow's Central Station which runs every half hour. If more information is required then do not hesitate to ask our friendly receptionist staff. We would like to advise guests that there will be no bar or restaurant facilities for the next 4 months. We are undergoing a major refurbishment to improve the services to the guests in the future. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Torrance Hotel East Kilbride, Scotland