This is a review of the Bothy Bar at the Atholl Arms; I did not stay at the hotel or try the restaurant.
A friend and I were staying in Blair Atholl to do some hillwalking. After inspecting the website, we were looking forward to a couple of evenings eating and drinking at the Atholl Arms. Arriving the first night, the hotel reception directed us to the Bothy Bar. It was a Wednesday in October but the bar area was fairly crowded with locals (making ordering difficult) and there was virtually no seating in the eating area as this consisted mainly of large booths, each occupied by one or two people only. The only free table was isolated in the centre of the room, which felt a little strange. Anyway, we got ourselves a beer each (from their own "Moulin" brewhouse, which I thought tasted slightly odd), ordered our food, and then moved to a booth after its solo occupant was overcome by feelings of guilt.
But then the food arrived... immediately. Less than two minutes after we ordered! How can this be? My "Angus burger" appeared to be made of good quality meat yet it was burnt almost to a crisp, so dry that it was like eating a thick piece of carpet. How did the chef manage to do this in 90 seconds or so? My friend had the steak and ale pie, which he declared to be "acceptable", but a pie can be microwaved. What did they do to my burger? And what's wrong with keeping it, raw, in the fridge, taking it out when the customer orders it, and grilling it in 10 minutes or so and plonking it, fresh, down on the table in front of the customer?
It was a horrible experience. It was revealing that the waitress, when she cleared our plates, did not bother asking us what we thought of our meal. We did not go back for our second, planned visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atholl Arms offers guests comfortable highland grandeur, standing proudly at the northern end of the quiet highland village of Blair Atholl near Pitlochry. Traditional with a wonderful heritage, Atholl Arms is a perfect base for a short leisure break. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Atholl Arms
- Atholl Arms Pitlochry
- Atholl Arms Hotel Pitlochry, Scotland