We made our first visit here in June 2012. See the Review from then, it was excellent. This time I cannot quite get so excited about it. We decided to return with family at the end of April 2013 for the early season opening. It was still good and welcoming but they have just lost the edge. Manager Jody Marshall has moved on and the hotel is now run and managed by the owner Terry McKay. The team had not come together. It just did not quite have the edge that was there under Jody's leadership. It just was not the same welcome and enthusiasm. The attention to detail and the slick service was missing, particulary at breakfast.
That said everyone tried hard. We had an excellent dinner in the Gastro pub on Friday evening, as good as ever. The pub staff had a sense of fun which mixed in with the local banter made for a good atmosphere. The main reastuarant Gastro dinner on Saturday evening was a good effort but for me just did not quite work, some difficult combinations, smoked mackerel with pickled cucumber. Veal cheek with a very thin puree potato. Terry and the staff did not seem relaxed and comfortable together and the dinner took a long time to serve. The cheese board that gets so much acclaim was disappointing and although he tried hard Terry has not quite mastered serving it.
This is a superb location and the weather was kind if not brillant sunshine. We did the boat trip to the Summer Isles with a good packed lunch from the hotel.
The rooms and accomodation were execellent and well equipped as always. I hope they get their edge back with a new and dynamic General Manager. We will go back but we will watch carefully. Even at early season break rates it is not a cheap weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originating in the 19th century as a fishing inn and crofters' bar, the hotel has been developed over the last 4 decades into an oasis of civilisation in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Britain. Renowned for its fine food and wine, it is a destination for foodies as well as those who enjoy walking, climbing and exploring in exotic landscapes. There are 13 letting units ranging from simple log cabin rooms to a sophisticated cottage with 3 en-suite bedrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Summer Isles Achiltibuie
- Hotel Summer Isles
- The Summer Isles Hotel And Restaurant Achiltibuie, Scotland