We booked a two night stay B&B and 3 rounds of golf .We had heard great reports and recommendations from friends who had stayed in 2019. Due to Covid we have not been out of Scotland for any holidays but instead have been indulging in golf breaks at courses we wanted to play. The Machrie Hotel is a beautiful hotel, tastefully decorated. The golf course is great and very playable. We loved the hotel and the golf. Breakfast was good. However the lunch and dinner menus were poor. The lunch menu was very basic; soup of the day and four selection of sandwiches - cheese, ham, salmon, or egg - or chicken Caesar salad. Very basic sandwich supposedly with salad but actually a piece of lettuce and a slice of tomato, with salt and vinegar cardboard on the side supposedly as crisps. The first night I thought the dinner menu was basic but to be served it the second night also was disappointing. The first night I had venison carpaccio as a starter with hake as my main. The starter was nice. The hake was served on a bed of cabbage and potato. Hubby had scallops to start. I’ve never seen scallops cut up the way they were on his plate as usually they are served whole as queen or king scallop. He wasn’t impressed with the menu and decided on chicken Caesar salad as his main course. With a lager tops and glass of white wine & soda our Bill was £93. Cost is not an issue with us but the quality and presentation of food was undesirable and certainly not what we expected. The second night when the same menu appeared we couldn’t believe it. Neither of us had a starter of which there were four - scallops, venison carpaccio, soup of the day, or tomato salad. The mains were Hairy coo, hake, mushroom risotto or from the bar fish and chips, burger and chips, or chicken Caesar salad. I had the hairy coo. A piece of meat atop cabbage and the most awful representation of mash I’ve ever seen. Presentation nil (see photo). Taste nil. My hubby opted for the fish and chips. Presentation nil. No salad or peas just a piece of fish and some chips with a slice of lemon and some tartare sauce. Our local chippy has an award for selling the best fish and chips. This was not a match. When the waitress collected our dishes she asked if we enjoyed our meal. Clearly from what was left on my plate I had not enjoyed it. I am not usually one for complaining but the whole Machrie experience was let down by the standard of the menu and food so I told her how disappointed I was. She advised that they were short of staff in the kitchen and said we would not be charged for my meal, which was £27. We love eating out. We are not drinkers but we do love our food and enjoy being treated to a nice meal at a restaurant or hotel and to pay for the privilege. We had a delicious meal at the Islay hotel on our first night on Islay and honestly thought this was the start of a great break. On checking out I mentioned to the receptionist who was sympathetic and explained that they were short of staff in the kitchen and how difficult it was to get a chef. It was very apparent! The Machrie Hotel and Golf course is amazing and they have lovely friendly staff but the food was not as expected and a huge disappointment. I hope they get a chef soon!…
My first trip to the Machrie last week for a two night stay and four rounds of golf and it definitely won't be my last. The lodge we stayed in was very comfortable and well equipped . The hotel is excellent and the friendly staff couldn't have been more helpful. The golf Pro and assistant took the time to talk us through the do's and don'ts of the various holes. The course itself was in great condition and is a test of golf.
Just back from a 3 day golfing break at the Machrie. My party stayed in one of the 4 lodges - both accommodation and facilities in the lodge were first class. The hotel itself and the views around the hotel are stunning. The staff from hotel reception, restaurant, bar, pro shop and green staff on the course were very professional, polite and extremely attentive. In fact they couldn't do enough to make our stay so enjoyable. Although lunch and dinners were on a slightly reduced menu during our stay there was plenty to choose from and all delicious. With regard to the golf course, if you're a golfer it should definitely be on your bucket list - layout, condition and views absolutely superb.
I seldom write reviews but feel compelled to complement the warmth of the welcome from all the team from reception, to the restaurant and in particular the pro shop. I stayed in one of the 4 lodges for two nights with 3 other golfers and couldn’t fault the accommodation. Unlimited golf was a bonus and the course was spectacular. The good weather helped but I will most certainly return soon.
The hotel and room was beautiful, the food for both breakfast and dinner was fantastic, and Shalom's service was great. The scenery around the hotel is breathtaking The toast was a bit underdone. Other than that we loved it.