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“Poor value for money”
Review of Monachyle Mhor

Monachyle Mhor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $204
Cuisines: British, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Penicuik, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Poor value for money”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

My wife and I discovered this restaurant many years ago and thought it wonderful. We treated ourselves and our family to those special meals there every so often. The service, quality and ambience were second to none and the location is to die for. Until today when we surprised ourselves by landing up there! Everything pretty much as it used to be ...except that on this occasion we felt we got very poor value for our money...the service also, though friendly, lacked that "we want you to return" feel. We had come a long way...but we knew why it was going to be worth it....except that on this occasion it wasn't by quite some distance. I am sad to write this because we had such warm feelings for Monachyle Mhor but I doubt we will return. I'm not short of a bob or two but would like to see more on my plate than the minimum nouvelle cuisine now on offer. The fare has definitely reduced over the years. I understand what needs to be done to turn a profit in such a remote but so beautiful location and the owners have produced wonders over the years. I wish them continued success but would encourage a timely and independent value assessment as far as the restaurant is concerned. We cannot comment beyond that since we haven't stayed there.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Mhor than we bargained for”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Stayed for a few days as a treat for my 40th. It was amazing. It's a beautiful spot, that you think you're never going to get to, quite a drive on single track road, but well worth it. The room was stunning, very comfortable bed, massive free standing bath, sauna and a wonderful selection of teas and coffee.

We opted for dinner at the restaurant the nights we stayed. I have to say it's probably the among best food I've ever had. Every dish was lovely. I'd eat there again anytime. Wonderful service, very friendly...Our breakfasts were amazing too.

  • Visited September 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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238 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Definitely worth navigating the single track access”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

It has become an annual pilgrimage to Monachyle Mohr over recent years and again accompanied by good friends we had a memorable luncheon experience. Quality food offerings with imaginative presentations always make the occasion a special treat and this year was no exception. Much of the food is supplied from their own farm stocks and deliver fresh tastes. Definitely recommend, especially when shared with friends.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Peter A
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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“Make a point of going here - well worth the trip”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

This is definitely a "destination" restaurant if you enjoy stellar food and friendly personal service. Have dined here a few times and it's as much worth coming for soup and sandwiches at lunchtime as it is for a full dinner. Always top-notch. Location is breathtaking too!

  • Visited May 2013
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87 reviews
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“Good but did not quite hit the spot”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

We stayed at hotel for two nights (separate review) and ate one night. Hotel reviewed separately
We had heard about the Monachyle Mhore some ten/twelve years ago and had vowed we would eat there and as it was a some distance from Callander we put it off.
However our expectations were exceptionally high especially as it has such a high profile.
The table was by the window and it is a truly magnificent view. Overall the menu was good and the food generally was very good. However tha lamb one of us had was unacceptable being far too tough.
I complalined to the waitress and either her english was not as good as it appeared or the training had not included complaints. She did not know what to do and we suggested it might be a good idea to take it back to the chef. The replacement was fine though perhaps more hastily placed on the plate.
Overall a good experience. However what was unusual in an establishment that professes to be at the top there was no comment from the chef nor unusually for a restaurant no personal intervention.

However on reflection it was Easter Sunday and the family had just opened the Mhor 84 hotel on the main road. However perhaps the Mhor 84, Mhor Fish and Mhor Bread is meaning the flagship and what makes the Mhor brand is not getting the attention it needs.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Mussons99
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