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“A hidden gem.”

The Hawthorn Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 94 Restaurants in Oban
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$32
Cuisines: British, Scottish, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Enjoy fresh, seasonal, local produce in a peaceful countryside setting. The Restaurant is located in the village of Benderloch, 9 miles north of Oban.
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“A hidden gem.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

With 25 years of eating in restaurants all over the world if you happen to find this we gem then you will have found what you are looking for in quality. The food was outstanding and the service made you feel at home. A 15 minutes taxi from north of oban well worth the trip.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Robert mclaughlan
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Thank you for your review - it was a pleasure to have you at the restaurant. Hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very nearly a 5”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

I ate here earlier this week with my girlfriend whilst staying in Oban on holiday. It is not the easiest place to find but well worth the effort. I had the crab starter and my partner the hot smoked salmon and horseradish ice cream which was superb. We both had the pork belly and scallops which again was delicious. The only aspect of the meal that didn't hit the high standards of the other dishes were the deserts. The panna cotta had very little flavour and was more of a chewy consistency than the usual and the sticky toffee pudding had popping candy sprinkled on it. They didn't charge for the panna cotta and this was the only dish that did not meet their very high standards, will go back for sure.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank geordie5858
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you for leaving a review and I appreciate your honest feedback. I am sorry the desserts were not to your liking - the Sticky Toffee Pudding is usually a big hit amongst our diners. We use an original recipe which includes dates, and just before serving we add a spoonful of brandy soaked prunes on the top (just for that extra bit of indulgence). It is true, there is also a little bit of "popping candy" that gets sprinkled over the vanilla ice cream (but certainly not over the pudding itself) - just an added element of fun, in our opinion. I understand that not everyone might share the same views. Your comments about the Panna Cotta have also been taken on board.
I am very glad that you enjoyed the rest of your meal and look forward to seeing you at the restaurant next time you are in town.
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“Great restaurant ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

We went with a friend, lovely food and great service. Will be back again next time we are in Oban. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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1 Thank Christine S
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you for your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back next time!
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“Great food, lovely location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

My partners parents have a holiday apartment in North Connell and we had booked a table at the hawthorn when we visited last summer unfortunately we had a sickness bug so cancelled the booking. However this summer we were disappointed to hear the restaurant may have shut down, fortunately we discovered it had new owners. The menu had a fairly good selection however it only had one vegetarian main meal which although I enjoyed it would have been nice to have seen at least two options. We both enjoyed a delicious starter, main and shared a dessert. The staff were friendly and attentive and it was nice to see the restaurant busy on a sunny Saturday night.

  • Visited June 2014
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you for your review and I am pleased you were finally able to visit the Restaurant this summer. Having taken over the restaurant in May we are striving to maintain the high standard and reputation and I am glad to hear it lived up to your expectations. I am sorry you felt the vegetarian options were limited - we try to offer a wide range of different food groups to suit most tastes and are always happy to offer an alternative. When visiting in the future, please mention any dietary requirements at the time of booking (or when ordering your meal) and we will be pleased to offer more than one option.
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“Top Notch Food and Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

Excellent meal with fantastic blend of tastes - the Pork Belly and Scallops was a perfect meal with properly cooked scallops and delicious pork belly. The Goat Cheese appetizer was also very good, and our server Hayley with her Edinburgh lilting accent was totally charming and attentive. The restaurant was very un-prepossessing from the outside, but very nice inside.
The White Coffee ice cream for dessert was a total hit with our group.

Visited July 2014
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Thank David-Tripolot
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you for your comments - Hayley was delighted to get a mention! I am pleased that you enjoyed the flavour combinations too. All we aim to do is to serve well cooked, seasonal food in a professional and friendly manner and are so glad to hear you thought we got it right.
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