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“Superb stay at Ardshealach restaurant with rooms”

Ardshealach Lodge Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 10 Restaurants in Acharacle
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Stirling, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Superb stay at Ardshealach restaurant with rooms”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We have just returned home having spent one night's dinner, bed and breakfast at the wonderful Ardshealach Lodge. A stunning location, superb recently refurbished accommodation and excellent meal with pre dinner drink and canapés served in the wowish new conservatory! The current website photos of the conservatory fail to do it justice as they appear to predate the extensive recent refurbishment. The gardens, views, accommodation and food are all excellent and we would definitely recommend and return.

  • Visited July 2014
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Bolton
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful seafood pie”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

A stunning location, the restaurant was very busy but we ordered drinks which we enjoyed in the beautiful traditional lounge. I ordered a seafood pie that was absolutely stunning - also had cranachan (traditional raspberry trifle). I would order that pie again!

After dinner we enjoyed a beautiful sunset over Loch Shiel - the room was bathed in gold as we enjoyed our coffees.

Note: The restaurant is not open on weekends.

  • Visited June 2014
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Ware, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“superb”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We stayed for 2 nights early in May.
We were the first guests after a lot of refurbishments and it was slightly chaotic on arrival but we were made very welcome. By day 2 everything was in order and it was extremely comfortable.
A very large bedroom with a beautiful bathroom and a wonderful new very comfortable conservatory where we had our pre-dinner drinks and canapés
Jill was a delightful host. We ate out the first night and on the second night had an excellent meal.
We then travelled to the north of Scotland for 3 weeks and hoped to stay on our return south but unfortunately Jill was fully booked.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank 0sunflower
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“And the food wasn't the best thing!”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Sometimes, the five star rating on TripAdvisor isn't enough, and this is one of them.
We stayed for three nights at Ardshealach Lodge, and ate at the Lodge on two of the nights. Jill is the warmest, most friendly host imaginable, and it really felt as though she welcomed us into her home. Our room was beautiful - a superbly comfortable half-tester bed and very tasteful furnishings and decoration - with an amazing bathroom. Needless to say, all was absolutely spotless. I came down with a cold and was bitten by ticks whilst there and Jill provided me with everything I needed to combat both.
The atmosphere is very relaxed and comfortable. Breakfast was superb - starting with home made muesli, juice and coffee, followed by toast and a full cooked breakfast, with delicious venison sausage, crisp bacon, mushrooms, tomato, and the yellowest-yolked egg I have ever seen. Eaten in the dining room, with views out over Loch Shiel, this was the perfect start to the day.
Ardshealach Lodge has copious gardens which Jill encourages guests to explore - we will explore more, the next time we are there, but this time, largely confined ourselves to the wander down to the Loch after dinner. On our first night, we were shown the way by the friendliest cat possible - he walked us down and walked us back (obviously in case we got lost).
As well as guest bedrooms, there is a cosy sitting room, and an airy and spacious conservatory. It was to the latter we went for pre-dinner drinks and canapes whilst perusing the menu the two nights we ate there. Jill prepares all the meals herself, and offers excellent value for money. On the first night, I had smoked haddock pate, which was light as a feather, and very creamy, followed by the duck, which was cooked to moist perfection, and accompanied by fresh tasting vegetables. My partner had baked goats cheese to start, and followed up with slow cooked pork - again both were delicious, and generous portions. So generous in fact, that we had to give dessert a miss! We took coffee in the Conservatory, watching the late sunset.
On our last night, we ate there again (the Restaurant was not open on the middle night). I started with local prawns which were delicate and fresh tasting. My partner had a smoked chicken salad with ginger and melon, which again, was delicious and plentiful. We both thoroughly enjoyed the slow cooked lamb, which was sweet and tender, and perfectly complimented by a delicate gravy and sweet root vegetables. Absolutely delicious. To finish, I had the most delightful chocolate mousse, complete with strawberries and ice cream. It was light, creamy, and so chocolate laden! My partner had the Cranachan, which was again, delicious. It was laced with whisky and honey, which made it all the more delicious.
All in all, we were so sorry to leave. We will definitely be back to stay - whilst the location is superb, it is Jill who is the beating heart of this fantastic place.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Claire V
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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“Good food with great views of the loch from the lounge”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

On arrival the lounge is very welcoming and the food was very good with the starters being very well presented. There are a range of wines to accompany your meal which are very well priced
The staff looked after us well and as a larger group, 10, the waiters made sure everything arrived on time. I would have given it 5 but have selected 4 as one of the main courses was wrong and they also forgot a dessert. That apart we had a great time and I would recommend it as offering good food at very reasonable prices

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank John H
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