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“Special Effort and Fab Food”

Lochside House Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Special Effort and Fab Food”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was my first time eating at the restuarant at the Lochside House Hotel, however my family come here on a regular basis. I am wheat free, and I was dissapointed to find that they don't display their menu on their website becasue I like to know if I am able to eat anything before I arrive - although I imagine that they may change it on a regular basis and this could be why?

The hotel itself is in a lovely location, overlooking the loch (which we couldnt see becasue it was dark and wet) but during the day I imagine it is a lovely view. The hotel is also decorated to a high standard.

The waiting staff were attentive and I asked a few questions about whether various items had wheat and whether I could substitue things on the menu. The head chef came out to see me - Nicola Irving - and explained that she could change things for me so I could have what I wanted. I said I would like the chicken Fajitas but obviously can't eat the wheat wraps, so I was asking about the chips - which were unfortunately not wheat free - but Nicola suggested she could make me some wedges, which was great, and said if there was anything else they could do then they would. Which was a nice touch.

We all had 3 courses, and there was 5 of us. So we tried a lot of food on the menu! 2 lots of Chicken Tempura, 1 haggis stack, I had the goats cheese grilled from the Specials menu and another had the goats cheese brushetta, all were to a high standard. Mains were Chicken Korma, 2 fillet steaks and the venison sausage and mash, plus my fajitas and wedges. Steaks were perfectly done, and my fajitas were very tasty.

Deserts were 2x Sticky toffee pudding, 1 creme brulee, and 1 ice cream, I had the rasperry ripple sundae, which was really really good. The ice cream tasted like it said it would with plently of flavour - we tried the salted caramel and the cinnamon.

We also sampled some of the cocktails, the Lochside Cooler was a favourite of mine but the Basil Grande also was a hit for those that like something a little less sweet.

Overall, this was a great first experience of the hotel, and we'll no doubt be back for special occasions. I do think that Nicola - the head chef that was on that night deserves special recognition for making me feel that I could eat something safely and that it was no hassle for her to prepare something different as it so often is in other places.

Definately worth a visit.

  • Visited January 2014
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  • English first
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English first
east ayrshire
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“no tips for the staff!”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Went here with my family for a meal, beautiful setting and a really nice meal, 4 people 2 courses with drinks £80. first class service from lovely pleasant staff who couldnt have been more helpful but who DO NOT GET THEIR TIPS, apparantly the tips they do get, subsidise their wages. If i am tipping waiting staff it is beacause THEY have provided a good service, i would expect my tip to go to that person as an extra.

  • Visited January 2014
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Scotland, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Festive Menu!”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Enjoyed a super lunch in the Afton Restaurant in early December. We chose our lunch from the Festive menu which offered a great choice and at a very reasonable price. As ever the quality of the food was excellent and the service superb even though the restaurant was quite busy. Unfortunately, it was a rather miserable rainy day so the view from our window table was a bit disappointing but everything else more than made up for the view!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Maggie R
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“average meal”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

great location an facilities, but food sounds better than it is and the whole place is not value for money

search the area for better value

Visited August 2013
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great place excellent facility's”
Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

Well we were there for a wedding and had a room booked for the night what a place just outside new Cumnock .
Food fantastic was very surprised at the amount of non residents eating there .
The leisure centre is a must so I can recommend this place

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Thank Robert F
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