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“Refreshing Change For A Special Occasion - Well Done!!”

Carrick Lodge Restaurant
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Ranked #21 of 184 Restaurants in Ayr
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British, Scottish
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kilmarnock, Scotland, United Kingdom
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240 reviews
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“Refreshing Change For A Special Occasion - Well Done!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

Just spent Valentine's night at this Ayrshire hotel/restaurant and cannot praise it highly enough.

Whilst other restaurants take advantage of special occasions such as these by hiking their prices up, The Carrick Lodge were advertising a three-course dinner with a glass of Prosecco on arrival for only £45 per COUPLE. I was a little worried that they may cut corners to provide this kind of value but was more than pleasantly surprised.

On arrival we were led to our table, which was nicely decorated with heart-shaped balloons. The prosecco was served with a strawberry decoration and was followed by a platter of homemade bread and, as a special treat, the ladies were presented with a gift of 'Thornton's' chocolates.

We ordered from the special Valentine's menu (quite extensive for an occasion). My wife ordered Chicken Tempura as a starter and I ordered Chilli Pork Spring Rolls. They were served shortly after, generous portions and cooked to perfection.

The main courses were Fish Pie, for my wife, and I had Chicken, Pork and Beef served with a brandy/cream sauce. Again, no complaints.

From the half-dozen, or so, sweets on offer, my wife ordered the Pavlova with fresh berries and ice-cream and being the pig that I am, I ordered the Millionaire's Shortbread Coupe. Both were delightful.

If that wasn't enough, tea and coffee were served along with shortbread and homemade fudge. A lot of other establishments would have classed that as a fourth course but not 'The Carrick'.

The service was friendly and efficient without being obtrusive and this helped make it an excellent night overall.

Thank you to the Carrick Lodge and their amazing team. You made our night.

  • Visited February 2014
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Ayr, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good though expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

Went here for a Sunday lunch.Had the fish pie and Baileys cheesecake for dessert.It was nice food and well presented but I felt I had had better food for less.The place itself is very nice.

  • Visited January 2014
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Prestwick, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

We have only recently started to dine at the Carrick Lodge again after many years and it's just as good as it ever was, if not better. We have tried the lunchtime menu Superb!, the evening meals Superb! Booked for Xmas day for a change and boy we weren't disappointed in the slightest.
Any day and time of the week the meals are excellent and portion sizes are good too. If there was a small fault it would have to be the price, it's a wee bit steep but, if you were to go anywhere else and have the same or close to it you wouldn't enjoy it half as much, so for the small increase in price "I'll Be Back".

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Peter D
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“Allan Harvey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

Cannot fault anything about food or staff. And very reasonable prices. We will be back only had starter&main course, excellent portions.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Lovely food friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

Found this by chance. Lovely food will definitely go back and tell others about it. Cocktail list worth a look too.

  • Visited December 2013
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