Had lunch at this restaurant without previously checking Tripadvisor as it was the choice of my daughter. It is in an excellent location overlooking the Falls of Lora, rapids in the mouth of Loch Etive underneath Connel Bridge, from the Connel side.
Turn left after Connel Bridge and after about half a mile turn left again, there is a black and white sign saying 'Hotel'. The previous reviewer must not travel much in Scotland if they think that this section of road is bumpy.
At this point one enters a car park. There is a small area of well kept garden before one enters the hotel which is not is need of refurbishment. One walks down a clean and relatively newly carpeted, tartan, hallway; at the end of which the restaurant opens out. There is a bar, a nice seating area with open fire and leather settees and club chairs. This will be nice in the winter. There is a nice bright timber and glass conservatory in which the tables and chairs are paced. The roof is of glass. None of that nasty polycarbonate, which I despise.
There is also a lovely terrace with circular picnic tables, if you want to sit outside, and all this over looks the majestic falls. These change in their intensity with the state of the tide and the amount of rain/snow.
The food was very good, the cullen skink, the seafood chowder, the carrot and coriander soup and the spring rolls were all excellent.
This was followed by a very good venison pie in a pot with a browned cheesy mashed potato top. The mussels in lemony, herby creamy wine were divine, the vegetarian spinach tart had a spinach sauce and good salad and the burger and chips were of high quality, all home made.
We rounded it off with ice cream, profiteroles, bread and butter pudding and a creme brulee. The bread and butter pudding was a bit sticky but it did come with custard. The brulee was truly excellent and beautifully presented.
We had wine and then coffees and were not rushed at all. Service was good and at the pace we wanted. We were more than 2 hours over lunch, chatting and watching some hardy canoeists shooting the rapids and capsizing.
Take a trip to Connel, the scenery is delightful and the bridge a great favourite of ours.
Oh by the way the toilets are in the corridor from the door and are very good. The ladies has a rather fine coral coloured tiled floor.
In fact all being on one level this is a great destination for disabled or mobility impaired visitors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lochnell Arms Hotel is a small family run hotel in a spectacular Loch side location, situated just 5 miles outside of Oban. We have 10 on-suite bedrooms, lounge bar, restaurant which is also open to non residents, outside terrace, and public bar with pool table and darts. The cosy lounge bar has a large open fireplace, and the restaurant has a stunning view over the Loch. All our meals are home made and freshly prepared by our chefs, who use local produce where possible. Popular Sunday carvery served all year round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Loch Nell Arms Connel
- Lochnell Arms Hotel Connel, Scotland - Oban