This review only covers the restaurant as we did not stay at the hotel. Unfortunately, after expecting great things the experience was very disappointing. There is a set menu, 3 courses for £43 or 4 for £50, not cheap, but surely with only one dish to prepare and wonderful local produce surely very little to go wrong ? Well the start was slow, Salmon and 3 blinis with a dressing devoid of any flavour, not great but at least the salmon was of good quality. The main course however was a real let down. Lamb with lentils green veg and sauce. The veg were well cooked, however the source was lacking in the any real flavour- I had forgotten from the menu what the intended flavour was and unfortunately actually eating the sauce was not able to remind me. The lentils again, bizarrely bland for a food that screams long cooking with plenty of time to imbue flavor. The real tragedy however was the lamb which should have been the centrepiece of the whole meal but was overcooked and tough. We were not the only diners to comment on this. The desert was nice enough but also strangely came with coconut instead of the advertised cinnamon ice cream. I'm not sure what was going on, if this was an anomolous off day but the fundemental errors make me suspect that this was not that unusual. We do not mind paying for good food, but paying for good food and getting a mediocre home cooked meal is not acceptable, even in such beautiful surroundings. Service was also not fantastic, we had an empty water jug for half the time we were sat down.
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- Scarista House Hotel Isle Of Harris
- Scarista House Isle Of Harris, Scotland