My husband and I just left the Cluny Bank Hotel after staying 2 nights. If we were not expected to meet relatives in another city in the south of Scotland, we would have loved to stay another day.
Upon our arrival, we started to bring our suitcases up the stairs to the front door when Lloyd
(the owner and chef) raced out of the the front door to carry them up for us. He greeted us with such enthusiasm that we felt like we were long lost relatives. His wife, Julia (Jules) greeted us as we stepped inside and had everything ready for us. Lloyd carried our cases up to our room and showed us inside. The size and decor of the room took our breath away! We felt like we had stepped back a century and entered a castle! The room was marvelous!
That evening we ate at their restaurant (we did have reservations) and enjoyed our meal.
The chef (Lloyd) checked on us several times as did Julia who served us. Dinner was not rushed and the service was fine. We had not planned on ordering dessert but the chef presented the dessert choices with such passion we could not refuse and we were not
disappointed. We had planned on dining somewhere else the second night, however since we enjoyed it so much the first night, we elected to eat there again. Again, we were not disappointed. In regard to breakfast, there is a fine selection of hot dishes on the menu and there is a cold buffet available also.
When we left to head south, both Lloyd and Julia were there to thank us. We left with the promise that if we returned to Scotland, the Cluny Bank would be our 1st stop.
NOTE: I would like to comment to the person who left the previous review. My husband and I have owned two hotels...one small and one large. We are very familiar with putting your heart and soul into making guests feel welcome. We are also familiar with how and what it takes to run a restaurant. The Cluny Bank is not a large hotel (it has 8 rooms) and it should not be compared to a 5 star major chain hotel. This is a very lovely home with a husband and wife who work 24/7 to make their guests feel special. It is unrealistic to expect them to stay open
late to wait for late dinner guests or to have extra food laying about like a major hotel kitchen has. Right at the moment we are at a major chain hotel, in a cookie cutter room and would trade it for one at the Cluny Bank in a heart beat.
So.....for the traveler who wants a special treat....give the Cluny Bank a try...you won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Small Hotel (Restaurant with Rooms, really) set in the best residential area of Forres, Moray. There are lots of activities within easy reach of the hotel such as golf, the world famous Malt Whisky Trail, castles, beaches and much more. Inverness is only 30 miles (airport 25 miles) away and there are many places of interest which can be reached. We have an extremely good reputation for food as you will see from the reviews. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cluny Bank Hotel
- The Cluny Bank Hotel Forres, Scotland