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“Delightful intimate restaurant.”
Review of The Hawthorn Restaurant - CLOSED

The Hawthorn Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$33
Cuisines: Scottish, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We found this small restaurant on Tripadvisor and thought we'd give it a go. Really glad we did. The restaurant is a delight, it may be quite small but it's huge in terms of service and quality. The staff and owner make every effort to make you at home and are very attentive without being intrusive. And the food is delicious, well thought out and presented. We enjoyed every mouthful and unusually for us, as we like to try lots of different places, we booked for another evening as we paid our (very reasonable) bill. If I was to run a restaurant I'd want it to leave the impression this one does.

5  Thank Paul T
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2014

Thank you for your review - receiving such positive feedback is the best reward for all of our hard work. I am pleased that you were equally impressed with both the food and the service, as we place a great emphasis on both. We appreciate you choosing to dine at the Restaurant twice during your stay in the area and hope to see you again someday.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

One of the best meals I've had in one of the most unassuming locations. This restaurant lies in the middle of the countryside in a converted cottage. As we walked up the long drive (our holiday home was close by) we weren't sure what to expect. Sheep field on one side, and highland cows on the other. Once you step inside the decor of the restaurant is beautiful. Quite contemporary and nothing like what we expected. Wine prices were reasonable. 2 of our party had tian of langoustine tails, and 3 had goats cheese. All raved that it was the best they'd tasted in any big city restaurant. Some restaurants focus so much on the starters that the mains are a disappointment. Not here. All the main courses (from the main menu) were beautiful and cooked perfectly. The flavours all thought out well and worked together.
There was a cottage menu with burgers, chicken, salmon for those looking for a more homely meal, but equally as well cooked, except for the burgers which were a bit dry. But since I didn't have the burgers I have no complaints!

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Thank DavidFalkirk
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2014

Thank you for your review, and I am glad that you were pleasantly surprised! A countryside location should never be an excuse to operate a poor establishment and we are working hard to exceed expectations by serving high quality, fresh, seasonal food. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back to the restaurant if you are in the area again.

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We have now been to Hawthorn twice since the new hosts took over and have not been disappointed!
Very good menu, perfectly prepared and served - we could not ask for more and its right on our doorstep!
I am sure we will be back quite often!

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Thank Hughie-Fiona
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2014

Thank you for your feedback - we are extremely pleased with the local support received and are working hard to maintain the Hawthorn's reputation. Looking forward to seeing you back at the restaurant soon.

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Well worth the walk to this wonderful find in the small village of Benderloch. I was there with my girlfriend, I had the hot smoked salmon with horseradish ice cream which was surprisingly delicious while my girlfriend had the crab, which was also delicious. For main, we had the salmon fillet and the chicken breast which were equally superb! The dessert, again, was flawless. The peanut butter cheesecake was so good I could have at 4 while the pannacotta was so smooth! The staff were all very friendly and I would recommend for all!

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2  Thank OptimusGeorge
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2014

Thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated. A lot of thought and care goes into the preparation and service of food and it is very rewarding hearing such positive feedback. Hope to welcome you back to the restaurant soon.

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Just back from a week's holiday near Oban and ate great food in several restaurants - but the Hawthorn was special! We were a part of six, including three grandchildren, one with special needs - but we were made to feel so welcome that we went back for our last night's dinner too! The food was just the best, beautifully presented, tasted divine. The Hawthorn will be our first stop the next time we are in the Oban area.

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1  Thank 32Judith
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Rasa B, Owner at The Hawthorn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to look after your family, your grandchildren were truly charming. We are glad that you enjoyed the food and appreciate you choosing the Hawthorn for the final night of your holiday. Hope to welcome you back to the restaurant next year.

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