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The Anderson
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fortrose
Certificate of Excellence
Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“thinks its better than it is”
Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

to start you are greeted by flaking paint and dreery windows a very unclean exterior, on entering a dated interior, whisky selection plenty ales and beers great! quantity over quality for the place the food yes its award winning but when you pop in the ''pub" your occasionaly greeted by a man with a beard who would be better off in an office. no people skills and upon speaking to a member of staff in the local shop we found out it was the owner/manager by the name jim, tip for you jim seek alternative employment! will maybe return if we hear that is the case no vision and a very closed mind, plenty more choice just along the road...

  • Stayed February 2013
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6 Thank Davie S
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Aboyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We decided to to back to the Anderson after a gap of about 4 years, to celebrate our sister's birthday. We were forewarned to expect to wait! We must have sat at our table for nearly 30 minutes before anyone welcomed us and took our drinks order. Not a very professional start! Ordering drinks was a bit chaotic, but we got there in the end.
The menu and range of choice was very impressive-the problem being deciding what to choose. The food when it arrived can only be fairly described as superb.
For a table of 8 of us, three courses, lots of drinks and 4 bottles of wine we were less than £35/head, which we thought was excellent value.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Having lived near The Anderson, I thought it about time to try out the restaurant. They have just reopened after some sort of refurbishment, although I am unsure to which part of the premises (bar, restaurant, hotel rooms).
We had a choice when reserving a table to sit in the Whisky Bar or the dining room. We went for the dining room (it's not massive, so I recommend phoning in advance).
There was a large party that ordered just before us, so we had to wait a bit longer for the food. No worries.
The menu is amazing and extremely creative! Plenty of choice to serve even the fussiest of eaters (decent burger menu...complete with a £25 competition burger...you know, eat the whole meal in under 20 mins and get it free, t shirt, name on wall of shame...).
We are on a post holiday, skint until payday budget, so skipped starters (good choices £6-7 each).
Main meals come with potatoes (sautéed veg £2 extra).
My boyfriend opted for the beef fillet tips with cacharel blue cheese sauce and mushrooms.(£14) He loved the it!
I went for the pheasant pie (also had black pudding and a few mushrooms in it) (£12) Came with chips. Rich taste to the runny gravy inside. Pheasant is new to me, so was well impressed.
I was stuffed. We opted to skip the desserts this time (a rarity!). There was a really good dessert menu with a fairly large selection from simple ice cream (£1.50 a scoop) to Anne's American Crack Pie with ice cream. Rice pudding, sticky toffee pudding, apple cake and the obligatory cheese board were also on the menu (along with a couple other choices). But they were a bit steep at £6 each.
The main meals ranged from £12-27 with most around £17-20 ish.

I definitely recommend tryin this place if you are in the area. They use fresh, local produce and the menu varies frequently to accommodate what food they can get in. This was our one last treat before heading back to work and it was worth it!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Thank Sammej79
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The Anderson offered me refuge and a delicious meal at the end of an epic trip down the Caledonian canals by canoe a couple of years ago and so I was keen when returning to the area to share the culinary delights with my boyfriend. After driving up all the way from Edinburgh via the Cairngorms I was a little nervous that my slightly starving water weakened self might have over egged the delicious feast. However my memory had served me right and we enjoyed delicious grub, good wine and a host with a easy honest manor and a vast knowledge with all the fine products under his roof, including a whiskey collection to die for. Thank you once again for looking after us so well !

  • Stayed December 2012
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Thank Pipsqueakie
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munlochy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2012

The pub part of the Anderson is grim and my husband and I were disappointed to say the least - old tatty furniture which you wouldn't give to a charity the main part of the pub is ok but if you just want a drink and a relaxing evening without having to dine in then this is not the place to stay. We did have evening meal in the restaurant one evening and were disappointed to say the least - still each to their own - far better places not too far away!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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1 Thank phand
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Tain, Scotland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

one of the best meals i have had in years great food did not have any complaints about it. brilliant little pub excellent choice of whiskeys and beer staff are so welcoming friendly and make you feel so relaxed and comfortable. will definitely be going again. was not disappointed once

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Eilidh R
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed for one night as a stop-off between Aberdeenshire and Skye, and it was a great location and an area we probably wouldn't have seen if not for the great reviews we saw of The Anderson beforehand! The restaurant and pub, as stated by others, was just wonderful - easily the best meal of our ten-night trip. They had a great real ale and cider selection in addition to what seemed like every whiskey ever. The staff were young, sweet and friendly, really just delightful! Our room was nice and clean, and it was wonderful to just toddle upstairs after a delicious meal and cosy evening in the pub. The owner was away while we were there, but his little touches of Americana and FAQ sheet were very cute (his take on haggis was just right: every place has their own version, and he grew up with scrapple, as did I). Delightful.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Splendidly
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Property: The Anderson
Address: Union Street, Fortrose IV10 8TD, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Ross and Cromarty > Fortrose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fortrose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stylish restaurant with rooms on the beautiful Black Isle, featuring a new menu of exotic Global Cuisine every day. The fire lit Whisky Bar stocks more than 200 single-malts, 100 Belgian beers and well-tendered real ales. Convenient to Inverness and perfect for golfing, walking and dolphin-watching. Nine well-appointed ensuite guest rooms. "Top Ten Scottish Restaurants 2007??? (Sunday Herald) "You'll be treated like royalty" (Scotland for Dummies) ???A beer drinker’s Mecca. (CAMRA, Pub of the Year 2007) ... more   less 
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