Having gone to the Harviestoun at Tillicoultry last year, which was superb, my wife and i decided to try somewhere closer to home and we could walk to and not require a taxi. So, after consideration and reading the xmas day menu and facilities that we picked up from the reception, decided to book the Dunmar. Never again. We arrived at 2.10 for a 2.30 lunch, to a friendly welcome, and said we would be shown into the bar to recieve a free glass of bubbly, and told we could sit and enjoy our drink until it was time to go through. We had hardly sat down when an older lady dressed like she was at a funeral instructed us to please follow her. We were taken through to the dining room to sit at our table, and quite soon our order was taken for the 3 courses. We had long since finished the bubbly and were wondering when we would be asked if we would like a drink, which we both wanted especially after finishing our starter. After waiting further i decided to fetc our own drinks from the room we were 1st in as it seemed that was what most people were doing. The starter itself was quite nice, as was the dessert. The main dinner unfortunately was not. The meat was suspiciously rounded and smooth, and did not seem freshly carved from an actual turkey. The accompanying bowl of vegetables was bland and not enough for two people, and was accompanied by one stingy sausage and some kind of off white sauce which we were unable to identify. Every course was served to myself first instead of my wife, which is a huge no no and the first rule of table service. Thr room itself was dark and dismal, nowhere near enough decorations etc. and did not feel festive at all. It also took an age to clear our empty plates even when staff were walking right past us and clearly noticing. All in all the whole experience was very dissapointing, and by the end of our main course we both just wanted to finish and leave. The impression we were left with was that the right hand didn't seem to know what the left hand was doing, tthe service was as amateur as its possible to get, and that the whole place just flatters to deceive and is trying to pretend its something it isn't. We would like to say however that the young waitresses, however untrained they were, were at least very friendly, and we thanked them for working on xmas day. Needless to say we won't be returning. £55 each?? ah well, you live and learn as they say........
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dunmar House Hotel & Restaurant is a small family run hotel. We aim to offer 5* service at affordable prices. Whether you want to make use of the facilities for accommodation, a conference, meal or simply to come in for a drink or a cup of coffee/tea you will always be very welcome. Our experienced and multilingual staff are always eager to help make your stay with us an enjoyable one. The Hotel has 9 bedrooms available. The bedrooms offer all you require, from a four poster bed to a single room with shower. all individually decorated with en-suite and tea/coffee making facilities along with Digital TV and radio all you need to make you feel at home. When you come through our long driveway and arrive at the hotel you will feel like you are in the middle of a forest and yet Stirling the Ochil Hills and Forth Valley are all at your finger tips. we do on occasion allow dogs on the premisses to stay as long as we are advised before hand and they are well behaved so please phone first before booking. We are proud of our function/conference suit, and can cater for approximately 180 guests. Please contact us for details of our wedding & events packages and our event coordinator will be happy to help. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dunmar House Hotel Alloa, Scotland