Stumbled across this hotel on the internet and booked for a 1 night stay in August 2010. And what a super experience we had. From the moment we entered the hotel we knew we had struck lucky.
The welcome was warm and friendly and we were shown to our room by the very helpful and informative owner. The bedroom and adjoining bathroom were both spotlessly clean with just the right amount of tartan to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere.
After refreshments in the garden we headed for a walk around the loch side which is just behind the hotel.
Had no idea when we booked a room at Loch Kinord Hotel that we would find a hidden gem of a restaurant on Royal Deeside.
Lovely, well lit and furnished room with very attentive waiting staff.
Food strong on locally sourced ingredients.
Dinner was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and good value at £28.95 for 3 courses excluding wine.
The starter of local mushrooms in a filo basket was very tasty but could have been a bit larger whilst the pigeon was sweet and succulent. The Aberdeen Angus steak was melt in the mouth and the lamb served two ways was also very good albeit that the loin, for my taste, should have been slightly pinker. The selection of Scottish cheeses were varied and the trio of whisky desserts were a delight for both eye and stomach!
The wine list is compact but varied with some interesting highlights - and well priced.
This is a restaurant to watch as its menu, style and cooking ascend to even greater heights in the future.
Following a peaceful nights rest in a gloriously comfortable bed we were once again in the dining room and being treated to a delightful breakfast – buffet style juices, cereals, yoghurts, breads and preserves followed by made to order full Scottish, poached haddock and/or continental meats and cheeses. And once again served by friendly and helpful staff.
A super stay and a very pleasant hotel made that bit special by the welcoming and helpful staff and excellent food.
We will most certainly be back and thoroughly recommend that you give it a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of Royal Deeside making an ideal location for many sporting & tourist activities in the area including Balmoral Castle, whiskey distillery, Cairngorm National Park and Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve on the doorstep. Great food, fine wine and Malt Whiskey to enjoy in front of real fires. Family owned and run country house hotel so you can be sure of a warm welcome and attentive service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Loch Kinord
- Loch Kinord Dinnet
- Loch Kinord Hotel Dinnet, Aberdeenshire