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Dining at Cairnbaan Hotel

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Bar, British, Scottish, Pub
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Cairnbaan, by Lochgilphead, Cairnbaan, Scotland
+44 1546 603668
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Dined here several times while on holiday nearby. Such a cosy place to dine, warm and comfortable. It was very cold outside so it felt like a real haven! Wonderful fish dishes, always felt very welcome.

Thank Tamsin L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Evening meal whilst staying in the area - good vegetarian choices and value for money. We eat in the bar and service was friendly and efficient. Would eat there again.

Thank Dave M
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111 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

It was ten past two when we showed up. Only four other covers. The interior of the bar restaurant has big windows and couches to sit on. There's a slight nautical theme with them being so close to the canal. Service was prompt but a bit timid. Our waitress was pleasant and prompt. As was the bar manager who also... More 

Thank P3WP3W
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Visited on 1sr October 2016 and was disappointed. Had steaks which were badly cooked and very sinewy and puddings which were dry and disappointing. Here were lots of waitresses but despite this it was still difficult to get service. The owner who was serving behind the bar is only interested in you if you have a large yacht moored in... More 

Thank Netta D
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I dined here twice when I was in the area working and it was good on both occasions. I had mussels on one occasion and soup with bread on the other. Both dishes were really good but not mind blowing. The fresh coffee and freshly baked cakes were excellent.

Thank Cactus_1982
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Having had good experiences over the years with food and service at the Cairnbaan Hotel when we transit the Crinan canal with our boat, we decided to stop overnight at the pontoons at the East end of Cairnbaan Locks and have a well deserved dinner. I as usual had phoned to book a table and had the usual gentleman manager/owner... More 

Thank Harry G
Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

My wife and I along with my mother visited the restaurant for an evening meal in their restaurant. The menu is extensive with something for everyone. The food was superbly cooked and presented with great service. The barman (bar manager?) Mark could not have made us more welcome. There are great views from both the bar and restaurant over the... More 

Thank Ian H
Cheshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

At a first glance, this restaurant seems pretty generic - normal food, a bar, decent service and nothing special. But behind the doors that enclose the restaurant is something that sets it apart from other restaurants - it is an excellent place to dine, formal or informal. Once we reached the restaurant from the main hotel, we were immediately greeted... More 

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Antrobus, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

We ate here as a family on a Friday evening - we hadn't bought booked but there was plenty of space given that we were "out of season". The hotel sits on the Crinan Canal and is easy to find. We were offered seats in either the bar (which was quite busy with a good atmosphere) or the restaurant. Options... More 

Thank Derek C
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We came here on the seafood tour of Scotland and were pretty disappointed by the lack of seafood. There were only 2 main course choices including fish and a similar number of starters. The food we did have was forgettable. The restaurant is too much like a pub and I don't understand why the brighter conservatory isn't given over to... More 

Thank RoHLo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Scottish, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cairnbaan, by Lochgilphead, Cairnbaan, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Cairnbaan
  • Phone Number: +44 1546 603668

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?