We didn't stay here on our recent trip to Loch Lomond but we did eat here two nights in a row. I'd be lying if I said you'd be spoiled for choice in this area so we weren't expecting big things on the culinary front. At best a cosy meal that wasn't completely fried.
So we were pleasantly surprised with the food at the Oak Tree Inn! Not inexpensive but not crazily expensive either and for us it was good value for money.
I ordered the Pork Belly special (Twice roasted with mash, creamed cabbage and crispy bacon and a cider gravy) and my husband the Giant Yorkshire Pud with mince, gravy, mash and peas. The presentation of the pork belly was simply beautiful and far more elegant than expected. Everything was perfectly cooked. Although I'd hoped it'd be topped with crispy crackling, I was not disappointed in it's melt-in-the-mouth texture. We barely talked as we enjoying our meals so much! The presentation of the yorkshire pud was much simpler but was totally suited to the dish and my husband (who can be a little fussy) said it was very flavoursome.
So why the missing 5th star? The general service was pleasant but the staff were very young and would have benefited from an older, experienced hand to help guide. Sadly at the Oak Tree this came in the form of a very blunt, surly faced woman who thought nothing of dragging tables and chairs about in preparation for the next day's breakfast, in a very small dining area while a number of people were still eating and huffing the entire time she went about it.
It didn't stop us returning the next night and thankfully no surly woman in sight. This time I had the Chicken Caesar salad - not as WOW as the previous night's dish but as Caesars go it was very good, my husband had the Steak pie which he enjoyed. We both had desserts - Belgium(sic) Waffle with caramelised apple, butterscotch sauce and vanilla icecream. Distinctly average but not bad. And an Apple & Rhubarb Crumble with custard. The crumble was unusual but very tasty, the custard came in a teeny tiny pouring jug (I hesitate to call it a jug it was so small) and this let it down somewhat.
Overall very worth a visit and certainly better than the only nearby alternative in the form of The Rowardennan Hotel.
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