My Wife and I came to Portpatrick to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversay, we wanted something a little bit nicer than your average - and at The Waterfront - we think we found it.
The Hotel's location imediatly makes you relax and realize you're on holiday and that rushing isn't an option in Portpatrick. Nothing is rushed, no traffic, no hustle and bustle, no pushing in front of people in the bar to get your drinks 60 seconds quicker than the next man, it's like a drug that perhaps, only true "Portpatrickonions" can explain to us town and city dwellers, to whom every second is important, it's a nice refreshing change.
Portpatrick is a lovely harbour village with some nice little shops if you just want to potter around for a strole and soak up the aptmosphere. We did two nice small walks from the village itself, one to the right of the harbour up onto the cliffs past the Portpatrick Hotel and the golf club, this was lovely with great views out towards the sea. Second, we walked from the left of the harbour to the ruins of Dunskey Castle, again a lovely walk along the cliff tops with spectacular views out to sea.
The Waterfront was very clean, staff were helpful, friendly and welcoming. Our room was fine, a standard double at the rear of the hotel, clean and tidy but very small, especially the bathroom. At £80prpn for B&B it wasn't cheap and I'm sure we've all stayed in maybe grander, bigger hotels for less money, but you have to remember where you are, this is a small, popular village so prices are going to be higher than your average, if you want average or cheap don't come to Portpatrick, it's not your average village, its a remote, secluded, unspoilt picture of beauty and for that you're going to pay premium rate.
On the first night of our stay (Fri) we dined at The Crown Hotel, just next door to The Waterfront. It was very nice, the food was good although not cheap, £4-£8 for your average starter (£4 being the soup, £5.95 for pate) and between £10-£20 for your main (I went for the very nice Seabass at £12.95) but as it was our anniversary weekend we weren't really looking for cheap so we were happy enough. The bar at the Crown was good, live music both Fri & Sat night, although with no Real Ale on offer I had to move onto there good range of Single Malt Whisky after a couple of Guinnesses. The music on Friday wasn't really to our taste so we had a walk along to The Harbour House, where they do serve my much desired Real Ale. The Live Music from the bar next door went on till about 12.30 which wasn't an issue for us but maybe it could be for some.
Breakfast at The Waterfront was great, really can't fault it. You help yourself to a buffet table with cerials, fruit and yoghurt. Ann (manager) brought us coffee and took our order for hot food, we recommend the full scottish breakfast and toast, very nice, more coffee followed from the very friendly Ann, honestly, she couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome.
On Saturday night we dined at The Waterfront and it was superb. The Seafood Chowder was amazing, followed by the Rack of Lamb and Passion Fruit Cheesecake. My wife had Seafood Chowder, Seabass and Creme Brulee. We also enjoyed a very nice South African Shiraz. The whole meal was perfect from start to finish, the Restaraunt, the view across the harbour out to sea, the delicious food and the friendly and helpful service from the staff (especially the Polish waitress, who's name we didn't manage to get).
So, if you're looking for cheep and cheerful don't come here because you will be dissapointed, go to Prague or Benidorm where you can spend £4 on chops and chips and drink cheep Lager until the cows come home. However, if you fancy a break in one of the most remote, unspoilt and scenic villages this beautiful planet has to offer then Protpatrick might just be the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Waterfront Hotel is situated directly on the harbour in the scenic village of Portpatrick and has 14 high quality en-suite bedrooms, many with sea view which provides the perfect venue to experience first class food and hospitality in this stunning corner of Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland. The hotel can comfortably provide accommodation for up to 30 persons and has a selection of rooms including two family rooms as well as two annex facilities which can be booked to provide private accommodation including lounge and garden areas, these annex amenities also have private access to the main street and are excellent for small groups or families. Our menus, which are changed regularly, are complemented by a carefully chosen selection of house and specialty wines. Our elegant restaurant serves an exciting and innovative selection of dishes to suit all tastes - vegetarian dishes are also catered for. Bar meals are also available and our popular Terrace area is the perfect way to ‘people watch’ and take in the stunning views of the harbour and across the Irish Sea whilst enjoying a drink or some delicious seafood. We also offer very attractive seasonal breaks including midweek packages and weekend breaks and for that romantic occasion or getaway, we provide all the little extras that will make your time with us memorable. Just let us know when you make your reservation and we will take care of the rest. The area has many activities to offer - fishing, walking, golf, tennis, riding to name but a few - you may well extend your time in Portpatrick to fit them all in or you may just wish to check in, unwind and enjoy everything that the hotel has to offer. The hotel can also provide hospitality facilities for small corporate functions and parties and is the perfect size host small scale conferences, meetings, seminars, corporate hospitality and training events as well as board meetings. The hotel can be booked exclusively and local area provides many activities to create team-building events and leadership programmes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Waterfront Hotel Portpatrick, Scotland