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“Great place -- but not for lunch!”
Review of Logie Steading

Logie Steading
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Forres
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Logie Steading is a collection of stone farm buildings that were given a new lease of life in 1991: they now house several individual businesses including Art Galleries, Antiques & Restoration, Secondhand Books, Crafts, Gifts, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Whisky & Wine Merchant, a specialist printer, Heritage Centre and Cafe. Logie House Gardens are open throughout the year and there are walks along the River Findhorn - and there is a playpark! Lots to do and see. The businesses open at 10 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January and February and every day of the week from the first Friday in March until just before Christmas. Gardens, walks & play park are always open!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 24 May 2014

We have visited The Steading on many occasions, always taking guests we have saying with us. It has always been a lovely day out and we have always enjoyed a bite to eat while there. Until today. The new Steading layout is lovely, all the businesses are great. The new restaurant, however, compared to before, not so. We had a shocking time, as did our fellow lunchers. Such a shame. The food was fine, when we finally received it (two tables beside us said they had waited an hour, and then left) but you seriously need to sort out your service or you will not last. You lost business while we were there. Even after I had spoken to a member of staff, giving my feedback, nothing at all was done about it. Big shame.
The farm and garden shop, on the other hand, is at the other end of the spectrum! So helpful and knowledgable. A fabulous aray of plants (of which we have purchased many over the years).
You have a fabulous facility, in a fabulous location. It's a shame to have one business there take down the whole place.

Thank LynneM01
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LogieL, Manager at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2014

Thank you for writing about your recent visit and I am so sorry that your experience in the café was so very unsatisfactory. The move to the larger premises has come with challenges which, as you rightly point out, need to be addressed. That Saturday was awful - the combination of kitchen staff having to leave through ill health, and too large a proportion of new staff being in place meant that the weaknesses were all exposed. The only silver lining to the cloud of dissatisfied customers is that improvements will now definitely be made!
However, thank you for remaining so positive about the rest of the Steading - I hope your selection of plants grow well for you. All this rain should surely help!

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Took some friends for lunch at Logie today (24th May). Haven't been for a while, but had heard good reports. Got there, got in, found table, got in short queue, waited for an age, grew a bit older, gave order, sat down, grew older, cafe got a bit busier, food arrived, got disappointed. My lamb burger was incinerated, our guests fish cakes weren't much better. Oh well we thought. Got back to counter to pay, got in short queue, grew a bit older, finally got to pay! Went for walk, came back to cafe for coffee and cakes. Coffee best I've had in ages, but hardly any cakes. Not a good advert today for the cafe. On the plus side the plants and staff in the nursery were brilliant. Will go again for plants, but not food

Thank The-Wee-Hobbit
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LogieL, Manager at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2014

Thank you for writing about your recent visit and I am so sorry that your experience in the café was so very unsatisfactory. That Saturday was awful - the combination of kitchen staff having to leave through ill health, and too large a proportion of new staff being in place meant that the wheels seriously came off the train. The only silver lining to the cloud of dissatisfied customers is that improvements will now definitely be made!
However, I am so glad you enjoyed your visit to the other bits of the Steading and I hope your new plants grow well and give you much pleasure.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

60 minute wait for sandwiches for three unacceptable. No one on the staff seemed to care or apologise for the delay. An offer of top ups for tea and coffee would have been appropriate but not forthcoming. From looking at recent reviews this has been a problem for some time which you have not addressed. Cannot recommend. Cafe experience seriously detracts from an otherwise good facility.

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LogieL, Manager at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2014

Thank you for writing about your recent visit and I am so sorry that your experience in the café was so very unsatisfactory. The move to the larger premises has come with challenges which, as you rightly point out, need to be addressed. That Saturday was awful - the combination of kitchen staff having to leave through ill health, and too large a proportion of new staff being in place meant that the weaknesses were all exposed. The only silver lining to the cloud of dissatisfied customers is that changes will now definitely be made!

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a lovely place to visit for either a short time or a longer visit. Good parking and a variety of shops/activities to visit ranging from a farm/garden shop or river walk and gardens to a lovely art gallery/craft area stocked with a wide variety of goods at all price levels. A really interesting second hand book shop - great for browsing and buying. The felt shop Diva Designs - of special interest to me - has lots of fantastic felt art items, kits and so much more. There were other shops we didn't visit (this time) but we did have lunch in the Olive Tree Restaurant which serves delicious soups, sandwiches and cakes with friendly staff. Definitely well worth finding and visiting if you are in the area even if it is a bit off the beaten track.

Thank Jennifer B
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LogieL, Owner at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2014

I am so glad you enjoyed your visit to Logie Steading - and thank you so much for taking the time to tell us! With the extended premises the place has certainly gone up a step this year and we are busier all the time - please spread the word and we will look forward to your next visit. Thanks again.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Set right out in the country, in the middle of "nowhere" is this total gem called Logie Steading.....you could literally spend the entire day there & still want to go back the next day, it's so good.

There is an excellent tea shop / restaurant serving delicious home bakes as well as lunches. All food is totally yummy.......an extensive array of teas available as well as delicious coffee.

The Steading boasts a huge second hand bookshop which is literally stocked to the roof with all kinds of wonderful & amazing books ......it's so good that I tried to persuade them to lock me in after closing time so I could spend the night browsing......

Also of interest is the newly opened Whisky / Gin / Wine boutique. Different tastings each day. I sampled some amazing artisan gins & purchased a pink grapefruit flavored gin......

There are some interesting clothing shops also on the premises but I didn't explore due to time constraints.

More than adequate free parking available

Do yourself a favor & head on out to Logie Steading - you won't be disappointed....

Thank Marguerite W
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LogieL, Owner at Logie Steading, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2014

it is such a joy for us when someone takes the time to tell everyone how they love Logie Steading - we all work hard to make it a good place to visit and happy visitors make it all worthwhile. Thank you! Please spread the word and come back and see us another time!

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