My husband and I decided to have lunch here as we were visiting Pitlochry for the day. The hotel has a lovely situation and the decor is very presentable. It was an ideal setting for the wedding which was taking place at the time of our visit.
Our choice of seating was at the far end of the dining room so that we could be far away from the open windows. It was still chilly given that the temperature was only 5* outside and the surrounding hills had snow. We both started with the mushroom soup. It was lovely but was served with soda bread which was thick and dry. The butter had obviously just been taken from the fridge and the bread crumbled when attempting to spread the butter on it. Our next course was breaded haddock with chips, a small amount of lettuce and an onion ring. The chips were served in an open basket and were very cool on arrival. By the time the waiter returned to the dining room and we mentioned this, we had started eating our fish the chips being inedible. He offered to replace the chips but felt it wouldn't be worth it as we then would have cold fish but hot chips! We just felt the lunch we had been looking forward to, was ruined. We decided to leave and not wait for a sweet as planned. Part of the problem may have been the distance the waiter had to travel from the kitchen with the chips in an open basket and not on the warm plate. The salad was poor so really we ended up with a main course of fish. The waiter did not charge us for the one glass of wine but this hardly made up for an unpleasant lunch experience. We will not return.
Something else I must mention. While the wedding guests were waiting for the bridal photographs being taken outside they were having drinks and nibbles in the area just outside the dining room. It was fairly crowded and we had no other option but to excuse our way through this crowd to get to the exit door. It must have been as annoying for them as it was for us. Surely in a place the size of this hotel such guests could be accommodated in an area other than a main passageway to the main door of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Scottish Highlands, wild and rugged, have a timeless romantic quality. At their very heart, where the River Tummel flows to the Tay, sits the historic small town of Pitlochry. The Atholl Palace Hotel, the epitome of Scottish Baronial splendour, stands overlooking wooded parkland grounds and the town to the surrounding hills. Originally opened as the Athole Hydropathic in Victorian times, the hotel retains many features of the traditional large country house, with bedroom facilities and standards which often exceed expectations and complement spacious, relaxing public areas.With 107 bedrooms, self-catering lodges, apartments and 10 function suites we can cater for your needs whether it is leisure or business purposes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atholl Palace Pitlochry
- Hotel Atholl Palace
- Atholl Palace Hotel Pitlochry, Scotland