Booked a meal in here after remembering visiting this place often as a child 25 years ago and remembering its charm. The location and settings haven't changed a bit and still the same great smell coming from the wonderful fire but that's unfortunately where it stops, I booked a table in the afternoon for my wife and 2 kids as advised by the chap I spoke with, as they get busy on a Friday. when we arrived the lady who attended to us knew nothing of the booking, although I saw him writing in an empty diary, no matter we were asked to sit at any available table and place an order, we were given a menu (1 between 4 of us) the kids ordered small pizza for starters and a kids burger and a pasta in tomato sauce . I ordered the large burger and my wife the inferno burger.
So the pizza arrived with what I can describe as a ketchup sauce , soft base and cold melted cheese and a salad garnish covered in salad cream? It's hard enough or get my kids to eat salad without a dressing but at least make it nice. They ate most of it as kids do when they are hungry but lost interest ( it didn't taste good at all) the mains were a disaster the kids burger was processed rubbish, my burger looked great but tasted of cheap meat the fries were over cooked and greasy, my daughters pasta was covered with some kind of tomato relish nonsense ( nowhere near a plain tomato sauce ) and my wife's inferno burger had lost its fire along the way and again using cheap tasteless meat. When my kids refused a dessert after not eating a meal I had to give in and write this review. I run a successful bar and restaurant in the highlands ( not without their issues!) and know only to well what the problem is here - they need to get a chef who cares about quality locally sourced food and feedback. the barman's service was ok and the manageress ( or owner?) had a lovely manner and deserves to do well but needs to quality check all dishes, it's an easy fix. With a good chef and a new menu launch you will fill the place everyday-with regulars, making it a necessity to book! This place was a great childhood memory to me and I hope they succeed - but I
fear it needs to be with drastic
change to back of house.
Until then we sadly won't be returning