I live nearby, so had simply called in to ask to see menus for a forthcoming treat with friends. Richmond Arms Hotel is under new management and Martin proved to be a very welcoming host. Although clearly very busy with refurbishment, he duly printed out menus for us to take away, and we were treated to being shown all around the hotel.
Following several years of closure, it is exciting to see this lovely Victorian building coming back to life! The vestibule entrance has a beautiful etched glass door panel, flanked by coloured glass to each side, and opens on to the original mosaic tiled floor. The spacious lounge bar retains the original coloured glass ceiling lights, decorative wooden panels, and as with the finished bedrooms we saw, is flooded with light in the daytime.
The elegant en-suite bedrooms have high ceilings with their original mouldings and outlooks over Tomintoul`s pretty village green.
When we returned for our evening meal out, we were met with a genuinely warm, family welcome, a log fire and great service. The menu reads as rather predictable, with main course dishes such as steak and ale pie, fish and chips, and pasta. However, what we hadn`t realized is that these meals are prepared by the hotel, supporting local businesses by using local produce. We have eaten elsewhere locally, but imho, this beats the local competition hands-down.
- My friends` choice of fish had been delivered by our local fishmonger`s van and beautifully cooked to order in a light, crispy batter. My vegetable balti was delicately flavoured, with a good variety of veg., good colour and texture. I consider myself to be a cheesecake aficionado - and this one is the rather unctious, real and delicious thing. What a change! The whole banana fritter with maple syrup hit the right spot too.
If you appreciate `safe`, simple dishes of surprisingly good quality and excellent value, this hotel, its extremely attractive bedrooms and friendly service may be for you. Tomintoul is a quiet base, and at the highest point of a famously scenic Highland route. Happy holidays!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally built as a fishing lodge in 1898, the Richmond Arms has had a long history, but has remained a firm favorite of the fishing enthusiast.The Hotel has been empty for the last 3 years, but is now under new management and is a family run business. Due to neglect by previous owners, it has taken 6 months of hard work to get it back open again, and to meet current fire and safety legislation.We offer bed and breakfast for residence, along with bar meals in the evening, which can be eaten in the bars, or the dining room. We can cater for children from birth upwards, and have a number of family rooms. Pets are more than welcome to stay.We have specially designed rooms for the disabled or the elderly.By the end of the year we hope to have attained our Visit Scotland 3 star rating.Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland, and is situated close to the Lecht Ski centre, and is on both the whisky and castle trails in this part of Scotland. With the opening of the new mountain bike trails in the area, we will be providing secure storage facilities for bikes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Richmond Arms Hotel Tomintoul, Scotland