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“Beer and Whisky lovers' paradise”
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The Anderson
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fortrose
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 29, 2008

A proper "inn", with the drink and food being the priority. Room was comfortable and clean, if a little basic in some aspects, but we only wanted to sleep in it anyway. Jim the host is a natural and makes everyone feel important. Ambience is laid back and warm. Staff were efficient and friendly.

More Belgian lagers than you could hope to sample, endless malts, and great real ale. The food was very good and decent sized portions. It was very difficult not to run up a large bill, so we didn't try.
Breakfast was fine, though not extensive (though I suspect you could have ordered anything with a bit of notice)

Great location for the dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point - good walk after breakfast.

A tip if you're a light sleeper - the local seagulls do start a bit early on the local rooftops, so earplugs might be handy. If not, a couple of extra nightcaps will do the trick.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2008

What an unusual place ! On arrival the pub was shut but we soon found someone to help. The owner then came to greet us and what an affable man he is. Even made such a fuss of our dog, Jack - who immediately warmed to him - always a good sign! Very relaxed and laid back - you could feel your tension slip away. The bedroom was not extra large, but had plenty of storage space and an adequate if small shower room with toilet. We ate in the dining room every night and the food was excellent. The only problem was on one night it was very busy and we had to wait an hour for our food which I consider too long a delay. The dining room is very nicely decorated except for the pot bound house plants in attendance every where, but strangely enough this just adds to The Anderson's quirkiness. The diversity of drinks is amazing and the bar staff are very helpful and welcoming. If you're looking for a bland, corporate hotel then this isn't the place to be, but if you want a relaxing, laid back holiday without a rush in the world then get on up to Fortrose.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2008

There was one thing wrong with our stay - that we had only booked one night! I can't praise The Anderson enough. What a special place.

We arrived to see a board outside congratulating Anne, the Chef, on her recent national award. On entering the hotel we were overwhelmed by the lovely smell of a large vase of lilies. Vases of flowers were liberally placed throughout the building. An eclectic mix of furniture, pictures and nick-nacks adorn every room. We were warmly welcomed and shown to our small but cosy room. On coming back downstairs we were welcomed by Jim, the proprietor as if were family members, which was really nice. As soon as possible we settled ourselves for the evening in the welcoming surroundings of the smaller of the two bars, in front of a log burning stove, and started making inroads into the selection of 100-ish Belgian beers, some of which I haven't seen outside Belgium itself. The evening was pleasantly spent chatting to the very friendly bar staff and other guests, trying to limit ourselves to a small selection of beers and realising why Anne had won her award, as we indulged in her wonderful food. Of particular note was her home made Chai Tea ice cream. As well as the Belgian beers, there were over 200 whiskies, a choice selection of wines and some real ales. This is not a place to ask for a pint of Stella or Carling!

After a peaceful night we had a great breakfast in the exquisite dining room, sad that we would be leaving so soon.

It may seem as if I am being over-generous about the hotel, but this really does reflect the lovely stay we had here. Talikng to Jim you soon realise that it is run by a man who is passionate about the place and doesn't compromise on what he thinks makes a good hotel or bar. You also only have to look at the menu to see what attention to detail there is in the kitchen - even to roasting their own coffee. In the public bar there was a notice saying "If we don't have what you drink, drink what we have" and I'd fully endorse that. If you aren't familiar with the drinks, ask for some advice and go for it!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2008

Possibly my favourite holiday ever. It is a small and friendly hotel and pub in the picturesque Black Isle.

We ate dinner in the hotel four nights out of the five we stayed there, because it was so tempting. The menu featured restaurant quality dishes made with fresh local produce. We found the hotel through CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, so it was not surprising that they had a fine range of Scottish, English and Belgian beers; we also enjoyed some tasting trays of whiskies.

Breakfasts were also good, with a choice of 'Scottish', 'English' or 'American', or a la carte. (The proprietor Jim Anderson is an expatriate American).

To entertain ourselves while we were there, we took some walks along the beach to the next village, Rosemarkie, and on footpaths around the area. Other than that, we were glad we had rented a car because other attractions were further away. Inverness and Loch Ness were a short drive away - we took a cruise on the Loch. We also visited Glen Ord Distillery and the Black Isle Brewery which were both quite close.

Overall it was a relaxing visit, and we were well looked after by Jim and his staff.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2007

We stayed at the Anderson for a few days at the beginning of September in room 1 with a four poster bed. At £85 per room per night (inc breakfast) the price was fair. The room was clean and the bathroom included a huge bath and nice double shower.

The whole is place furnished in an 'olde worlde' style and it is fair to say that this is keeping with what is a very old building.

The evening meals were splendid - the restaurant was very popular and this gave it a vibrancy which was complemented by some very fine food. We ate there for 4 consecutive evenings and I can tell you the food served here is as good as you will get anywhere.

Well done Jim & Anne !

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2007

stayed one night after business trip

Stayed in far far worse food was really good and bar has nice atmosphere. The room decor is rather tired and old fashioned for my tastes but to be fair clean.

  • Stayed: August 2007
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Thank mightymousemighty
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Reviewed May 11, 2007

We booked a few days in this family run hotel in March 1997. I had stayed there before, and liked its friendly atmosphere. "Mein host" is a genial Yank escaping from Philadelphia with young family. His wife is in charge of the catering, but they also have permanent chefs,.
It has a great public bar with open welcoming fire and the widest selection of specialist whiskies that you can imagine. There is educated advice, if you dont know your whiskies.
Food is served in either a formal dining room or the bar. Bar is recommended. and it is well supported by the locals - which is a good sign.
Accomodation is not luxurious, but very practical and comfortable.
Your enjoyment will increase if you throw yourself into the spirit of the place.
Irishinlondon

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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: $69 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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