We arrived after a heavy downfall of snow. Although the access roads around the hotel were passable with care the car park at the rear had not been cleared. Three stalls later I managed to park the car. On entering the hotel using the rear entrance the first noticeable thing was just how cold it felt, this would be a constant feature for the duration of the break.
Checked in and climbed the stairs to our first floor room. Stuck the heater on, you guessed, it was freezing. The room did eventually warm up but so did the outside temps as a thraw would begin the next day.
The meal on the first night was instantly forgettable. I had a very bland haggis and neeps, while Mrs Beanoz had, according to her, reasonable mushroom pasta. Of the 4 couples staying that night only 3 were paying guest. The other couple were that night’s entertainment.
Onto the aforementioned entertainment. Once the singer had made some homophobic comments while setting up his equipment we settled down for an evening of culture. Well not before I popped upstairs to get a jumper and the wifes winter jacket, yes it was perishing. We quickly got to know the other couples staying in the hotel and also met visitors to the hotel who would normally stay. I got the impression they put up with the hotels failings due to the price. Well £29 dbb should represent value for money. Mmm
The following evenings meals were truly appalling. One of our fellow guests asked if the haddock on the menu was fresh. A minute or 2 later and they received a reassuring a reply that indeed, the fish was fresh. This prompted us to order the fish as well. Mistake. As the smell of burnt oil enveloped the dining we braced ourselves. Our offering was utterly shocking. Dried out battered fish, which was cooked in such a way, you could never tell whether it was indeed fresh or otherwise. The homemade chips were soggy and the peas hard. It was a hat trick of culinary failures presented on a plate. Impressive.
We retired to our room as the evening’s entertainment had been cancelled. Although not before stocking up on food from the Co-op over the square.
Finally breakfast on our last day was fine but, no beans, surely an oversight!
All in all, while the tarrif was under £30, consider that as a price for bed and breakfast. Dinner is a lottery and where the numbers are stack in favour of the house.
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