I ate at the hotel's restaurant in the evening - the menu, at £32 for 4 courses and coffee, etc. (not including wine) was good value. The food was well-prepared and the chef is making a considerable effort to raise standards. He is, however, let down by appallingly slow, uninformed, and ungracious service. The kitchen is very close to the dining room and since the door was apparently not closed, every bang, clatter, discussion between the waitresses, was audible and intrusive. The wine list comes from Justerini and Brooks but the wines available by the glass are only four and very ordinary. Nobody seems to know much about them. At one point in the meal, having had a glass of white wine before starting, I asked to see the wine list to choose another wine in anticipation of the main course. The wine list was brought, minutes ticked by, and nobody asked me what I might want. I had to find someone to order! A table by mine had the cheese option for dessert. Not unreasonably, they wished to know what the cheeses were. The waitress had no idea and said as much. She came back with an answer but had little idea. Nobody came after dessert to ask about coffee - one table had to ring the bell at reception for service. I gave up and went to pay. If the Hotel wishes to present itself as one with style and charm then it needs to do something about its staff who currently are letting down the chef and left me with a very poor impression. And, finally, on the evening I was there, the gents' lavatory was not clean and unhygienic. Again, unacceptable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally a drover's inn, and with a history dating back to the late 17th Century, the Altnaharra Hotel has been attracting fishing enthusiasts from far and wide for over 190 years, earning itself a much-deserved reputation as a world class fishing destination.Retaining many of its period features reflecting its long history, the Altnaharra Hotel has been lovingly and meticulously restored to provide a getaway for fishing and shooting enthusiasts, as well as those looking for a relaxing and tranquil retreat.In addition, The Altnaharra offers two beautifully restored self-catering cottages, each with two bedrooms. We can also offer very affordable rooms in our log cabin, exclusively for LEJOG cyclists and Munro Baggers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Altnaharra Hotel Scotland