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“Fantastic”

Islay Frigate Hotel
Ranked #7 of 16 Restaurants in Tarbert
Price range: $4 - $39
Cuisines: British, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Pub, Scottish
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Good for: Large groups, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The Islay Frigate Hotel has been under new management since 01/11/2013. John and Marion welcome all customers, old and new. The bar, restaurant and beer garden have undergone refurbishment. Our restaurant has beautiful panoramic views over Tarbert Harbour and our menu is based on fresh, local, seasonal produce. We love meeting new people, so come in and say hi :) We have a public bar, lounge, beer garden and the Harbour View restaurant (upstairs). There are 6 rooms in the hotel at the moment and prices start at £35ppn, pn inc. Breakfast.
campbeltown
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

Have heard lots of good reports about this hotel and they where not wrong. We where up tonight for some dinner and it was a brilliant meal couldn't ask for better

  • Visited June 2014
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Lochgilphead, United Kingdom
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“Disappointment!”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Had dinner here recently. We had heard it was under new management so thought we would give it a try. My husband and I ordered main courses of sirloin steak and venison respectively - average cost for these mains was £18 each. The steak was OK but a bit dry. Venison was nice enough but the portion was so small my husband complained to the waitress who said that as it was an expensive cut of venison, portions had to be small to stretch it out! Well sorry, but not for this price. Harbour views are lovely, decor a little tired and service average. Overall not the best meal and we will not be back.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Janice H
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“Fresh food, excellent views and service with a smile!”
Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

Visited here in May 2014. Marion and her team couldn't have been more helpful (especially Erin who is an asset to the frigate!).

The views from the newly refurbed restaurant are spectacular. We sat at a window table and could happily of sat there for the rest of the day watching the world go by. The restaurant itself is clean, warm and has lots of personal, quirky touches which I absolutely loved.

The menu has a great selection including loads of seafood dishes which went down a treat with our party. The food was fresh and delicious and the portion sizes were generous! We certainly did not leave hungry!

All the staff were so accommodating and welcoming whilst maintaining a great level of professionalism.

Well done Marion and family - you are doing a great job! Can't wait to return on our next visit to Tarbert!

  • Visited May 2014
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Ardrishaig, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent Views, Tasty Food and Service with a Smile”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Islay Frigate has recently been taken over and the new owners have worked wonders with the place. Great variety of menu choice, reasonable prices and excellent views of the harbour. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed and staff are very friendly. Food was tasty and nice portion sizes. Nothing is too much trouble and Marion goes out of her way to make sure you are happy.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Emily F
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tarbert
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“great views and great food”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

the frigate has been refurbished under new owners and the upstairs bar/restaurant is now an ideal location for lunch or dinner ,with views of tarbert harbour from first floor level .the lunch menu is a bit different to others in the village ,with a range from Chinese chicken salad to fish and chips through to wraps and pizza.
the food is good and the prices are very competitive making it a worthy addition to the range of restaurants and cafes in this small but busy tourist village ,well worth a visit.there is a well priced kids menu making this an ideal stop for families.

  • Visited May 2014
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