We did not stay in the hotel, but stopped for an early supper in the Gabbro bar, adjacent to the Broadford Hotel, just looking for some good pub food. It's a very casual place, somewhat dark inside, with a TV (tuned to sports, of course), a pool table, and a scattering of tables, nothing too special in the decor. You place your order at the bar. (On the way to the bathroom, I noticed more than one official posting cautioning bar-goers about responsible drinking, which makes me think this can be quite the party place sometimes, but it was quiet when we were there.)
I ordered the crab cakes, which came with a lovely fresh salad of mixed greens and fresh fruits like blackberries, and a nice dressing (dressings for salads seem to be generally uncommon). I quite enjoyed the salad, but was surprised and disappointed by the crab cakes, which would have been better named "potato cakes," as the crab was almost nonexistent. I was later told by our B&B hosts that it is a common island practice to "be stingy" (her words) with the crab in crab cakes, but this case was more than stingy, in my opinion. I even dug through the cakes, looking for any signs of crab, but found none. My spouse was not happy with his soup, either, which he thought was too sweet (some kind of carrot soup with another flavoring in it).
Being a standard bar, they seemed to have an adequate selection of alcohols, and we enjoyed talking about the cricket game with the English couple at the next table, but if you want a really good meal, there are probably better choices in Broadford.
The hotel apparently has a regular restaurant also, which might have better food than the bar did, but we didn't try that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Broadford Hotel is situated in the centre of the Isle of Skye overlooking Broadford Bay. The Hotel (established in 1611) has been completely refurbished and offers excellent food and quality accommodation. There is Free Wifi Internet access throughout the Hotel and ample free parking.Broadford Hotel is the 'Original Home of Drambuie', where the liquor was first made. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Broadford Hotel Isle Of Skye, Scotland