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“a rip off”
Review of Logie Steading

Logie Steading
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Forres
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Logie Steading is a collection of stone farm buildings that were given a new lease of life in 1991: they now house several individual businesses including Art Galleries, Antiques & Restoration, Secondhand Books, Crafts, Gifts, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Whisky & Wine Merchant, a specialist printer, Heritage Centre and Cafe. Logie House Gardens are open throughout the year and there are walks along the River Findhorn - and there is a playpark! Lots to do and see. The businesses open at 10 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January and February and every day of the week from the first Friday in March until just before Christmas. Gardens, walks & play park are always open!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Paid Logie Steading a visit today and have to say was completely disappointed. We decided to have a nice day out as a family having a walk down the River Nairn first and choosing to have lunch at the Logie Steading as had heard lots about this place but had never been. Arrived just after 1pm to a packed Olive Tree Cafe. The place was in chaos with no tables to sit at for lunch and the upstairs being only for teas/coffees and cakes and a queue that was out the door. You have to allocate yourself a table first before ordering at the counter. Had to wait around 10 minutes to get seated and no staff assistance for this either. A host would have been able to advise how long we would have to wait. Found a table and then looked at the menu. I would say a fair choice but rather overpriced whilst I am being in an honest kind of mood. Our order consisted of Ploughmans platter at just over £6, spicey chicken ciabatta at just under £10 (this was served with salad and coleslaw NO fries) and then to top off our disappointment they told us that they had run out of soup - at 1pm!!! Our kids were really looking forward to this so instead they had to settle for a jam sandwich and an egg sandwich. Drinks choice, you could have any coffee or tea under the sun however the soft drinks choice was those lovely expensive elderflower, ginger beer, old fashioned lemonade bottles, coke/diet coke and cartons of juice for kids. Wasnt going to go for a cake but felt that whilst we were there and we were being rooked for the meals we should get rooked for the cakes too. Malteaser slice £2.20 and mint aero slice £2.20 - sadly neither tasted all that good. £45.00 later we left and wont be returning any time soon wish we had gone a little longer in the car and stopped at the revamped Brodie Country Fare instead
The plus side the building looks beautiful and the little whisky shop was manned by a lovely couple who were very nice, sure I have seen them somewhere else before.

Thank neil_gordon2406
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LogieL, Manager at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2014

I am really sorry you had an unsatisfactory visit to Logie Steading over the weekend. During the good weather we are able to accommodate many more people using the outside tables but the wet weather has meant that we are limited to the indoor tables and when we are full, I am afraid we are full! However, we are looking at various ways of speeding up the service so, hopefully, in the future it will make it a better experience for the visitors. We will look at the menu to make it even clearer that we do not sell chips. All comments are helpful and we are always wanting to improve so thank you for taking the time to write.

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Reviewed August 10, 2014

They had a good queuing system in operation; now it is a mess. We waited in a queue for 25 minutes (they aren't quick at serving) then we realised we didn't have a table because others are coming in and claiming a table before joining the queue. When we got a tag for a table after being served there was someone already sitting there. Then they wouldn't let us sit upstairs where there were vacant tables because we had hot food yet there were people having coffee and cakes downstairs and taking up space that should have been available for those having lunch.

The quality of the food has also deteriorated. The soup at Logie used to be thick and tasty; now the lentil and tomato soup is like water.

This used to be such a good place to stop for food but they need to get their act together and sort out the service and food quality.

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LogieL, Manager at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a report of your recent visit to Logie and I am sorry your visit did not come up to expectation. I think you might have been here on Sunday when it was, as usual for a weekend, extremely busy, made even more so by the pouring rain meaning that the outside tables were out of use. the innovative queuing/booking system that Gill and Weller devised at the start of the season unfortunately proved to be too complicated and attracted a lot of criticism which was a shame. Regular weekend lunch visitors now book in advance to be sure of having a table so do please take advantage of this service in the future and I hope we can welcome you back to Logie in the future.

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Reviewed August 9, 2014

It's been a while since I visited Logie, so went there with my Wife and our 9 year old Daughter. It was easy enough to find, just off the main road between Grantown on Spey and Forres. Beautiful driveway up to the Steading, and easy and plentiful car parking.

We had lunch in the Café first. Nothing too complicated, just a sandwich and a drink. Food was very well presented, and the brown bread is to die for.

Next port of call was the second hand book shop - and I really have to say that this was a pleasure. I could have spent the whole day in there - a huge choice, all wonderfully indexed, with wee helpful hand written notes on the shelves to help. Not only that, but everything was very well priced - we came away with a few books.

After a walk around the lovely, well kept gardens, we bought some plants at the shop, and some pate and jam for later consumption! The two ladies in there were fantastic fun, and we came away feeling we'd had a treat!

We also visited the art gallery, and again, there was a wonderful selection of beautiful items from which to choose. We picked some artistic tiles for our kitchen.

We also visited the wee drink shop, which was nice, and the wee shop next door, where we bought a nice 'strawberry' salt and pepper set, and a meadow seed bomb for our little girl.

A fantastic place, and we will be back very soon!

Thank Mark L
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LogieL, Manager at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2014

Thank you so much for writing such a full report of your recent visit to Logie Steading - I am so glad you enjoyed so many different areas and hope you'll be back again soon!

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Reviewed August 2, 2014

Been here a few times, while visiting family, great cakes & coffee, upstairs in the cafe, nice sofa to sit out the rain.....nice little shops & garden to walk around.

Thank FionaEller
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LogieL, Manager at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2014

All the way from Germany! Thank you for coming to Logie and taking the time to write such a nice review. What a fab summer we are having - you have certainly chosen a good time to visit Scotland. we look forward to welcoming you back here another time.

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Reviewed July 30, 2014

My parents in law had found this place and recommended we should all go for a trip out.

Its a bit off the beaten tracks but if you follow signs for Granton-of-spey from Forres you will find it. Found a lovely cafe and group of shops to wander around formed in a square. We had tea, homemade soup, sandwiches and panini, all of which were very good.

The ladies then hit the shops, while the gents went for a walk. From the playground there are marked walks of varying lengths along the banks of the river and through the woods. It was beautiful! But ensure you take sensible shoes, trainers or walking boots as the paths though well maintained, rise and fall and are unweven at times in fitting with the surroundings. We did a mix of two walks looping back to the car park covering about 3 miles (5km), heading straight back to the cafe so the dog could get a drink.

During the time we were away my wife had bought a painting from the gallery and a book from the 2nd book shop.

For a lunch, a dog walk and some light shopping a perfect afternoon.

Thank Celeronmaster
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LogieL, Manager at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2014

Thank you so much for writing a review on trip advisor and I am so glad you took you your parents-in-law's advice to come to Logie! We are so please when visitors enjoy all the different aspects of what is on offer here - and take to time to tell others of their experience. Thank you!

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