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“Lovely Jubberly”

The Summer Isles Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $54
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is a real hearty pub that provides posh nosh at a reasonable price and has lots of real ales :)

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Thank Jamie-Anne313
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SummerIsles, Manager at The Summer Isles Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Thank you for the support, the team will be delighted to hear that you had A Jubberly time at the Hotel !!
Neil (Host)

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Our experience of the Summer Isles Hotel was so varied that it is hard to rate it without commenting separately on the different dimensions. There are some great things about the place, but overall, we were a little disappointed relative to reviews and price - hence the three stars. Location: There is no doubt that the hotel is in a great location. However the fact that you have to look over the car park and through shrubs and trees to see the view is a bit disappointing. We had paid extra for a room with a view, but could only actually see it if we sat directly in the small bay window, and even then it was obscured by shrubs. Room: Our room was lovely, large, comfortable and luxuriously appointed. Dinner in the restaurant: This was bizarre. Aside from the location, it was the reviews of the restaurant that drew us to this hotel and we were really looking forward to dinner on the first evening. On arrival, we learned that dinner is a fixed, five course tasting menu, with drinks served at seven and dinner served at seven thirty. We had no problem at all with this, and the menu looked good. However, when we arrived for a drink at seven, we realised that all dinner guests are expected to sit together in the sun lounge to socialise with a drink before dinner. On the one hand, there wasn't enough space for everyone to sit (and very few seats where anyone could enjoy a view) and on the other, we hadn't driven for three days to a remote part of Scotland to socialise with lots of other tourists. We actually wanted a romantic evening together. We therefore had to endure an extended, awkward pre-dinner period (it was nearly 8 by the time we were seated for dinner). The food itself was ok. The chef is clearly technically accomplished and worked with local ingredients. However, the menu was very unbalanced - a veloute amuse bouche, a (bland and gloopy) panna cotta, seafood (slightly undercooked) served with a cream sauce, the main course meat dish served in mousse form, a pre-dessert of sorbet and a parfait for dessert (the parfait simply didn't work), then cheese... it was all just too much creaminess and not enough variation of textures or tastes and very few vegetables. A number of the matching wines were beautiful, but the food just wasn't good enough to justify the overall price of the meal. However, it was the service that really made the evening underwhelming. The service was very efficient, but the head waitress/manageress was so impersonal and humourless that the the evening didn't feel relaxed, but incredibly stuffy and formal. Not once did anyone asked us whether we were ok or whether we enjoyed it. There was no comment at all when we both left our almost inedible parfait. Breakfast was similarly formal, and the quality of the hot breakfast was inferior to any other that we had on our tour of Scotland. My 'mini cooked breakfast' was particularly mini when they forgot the bacon and served only half a mushroom! The Bar: the bar was fantastic. Really warm, friendly, informal service. Delicious, fresh food. We loved our evenings in the bar and would highly recommend it. We would also recommend the hotel's packed lunches - the baguettes are beautiful. I realise that the restaurant attracts lots of positive reviews, so I can only assume that many other diners (the demographic seems to be elderly, with a lot of Europeans) enjoy the formality and don't find it as stuffy as we did.

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SummerIsles, Manager at The Summer Isles Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

It looks as though we did not meet your expectations which we are sorry to hear. However we are grateful for you detailed feedback which is useful. We do hope that you will return at some point in the future and give us the opportunity to make a fond memory. Please call me in person and I will ensure that your expectations are met.
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Found this hiding away, had been before a few years ago but forgot about it, so was an unexpected treat. We had a delicious lunch.... crab. can thoroughly recommend.

Thank Alison G
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SummerIsles, Manager at The Summer Isles Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2013

Thank you for the kind supportive review, Di our crab supplier in Altandhu will be delighted that you enjoyed her produce
Neil (Summer Isles Host)

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

This hotel/restaurant/bar feels like it's at the end of the world, looking out to a new land for discovery. Facing south it bathes in sun from morning till night, and the changing light playing on the water and islands means that you could spend hours just staring through the windows.

We'd heard of the hotel and restaurant, and since we were staying c20 mins away (in an even more remote part!) we were keen to visit.

Our kids were too young for the restaurant, but the chef (who was super-friendly) chatted us through the menu, along with some possible adjustments he could made, to accommodate us. Far friendlier than your usuals michelin-level restaurant ;) That said, we opted for the bar and were treated to some wonderful langoustine, salmon and crab meals (yes, I admit it, we went more than once ;) ).

Staff were really friendly (accommodating 5 without a reservation is a test of composure!), other diners were chatty too and the whole experience was wonderful - topped by a wee dram of whisky (or two) watching the sun set from the terrace.

Next time we'll try the restaurant - the bar menu and welcome have made certain of that.

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Thank ianjindal
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SummerIsles, Manager at The Summer Isles Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Great review and so poetic, I am delighted that you enjoyed your Summer Isles experience and I will ensure the team are made aware of your positive feedback. Comments such as these help them to try harder to please future visitors to our oasis in the Highlands.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I had a brief but memorable one night at this special hotel. My room was a garden oasis retreat with a relaxing ambiance. The bathroom was spacious, unadulterated luxury. The room was small but tastefully furnished. The bedding was comfortable and of a high standard. The welcome I received upon arrival was heart-warming after a long drive. I ate in the bar where the food and views were outstanding. Breakfast was average but perhaps my own fault for being late. The wheelchair access was less than ideal due to the age and location of the Hotel but I still enjoyed my stay due to the helpfulness and understanding of all the staff. Hope to go back for a longer stay.

Thank Dorothy P
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SummerIsles, Manager at The Summer Isles Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Thank you for your kind and supportive comments, we do hope you return soon and look forward to greeting you again!!
Neil

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