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“The BEST”

Franklin's Restaurant at Cluny Bank
Ranked #7 of 34 Restaurants in Forres
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$45 - US$58
Cuisines: British, European, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: The Chef/owner is passionate about cooking and we strive to use as much local produce as possible on our menu which changes on a regular basis. The restaurant has a relaxed and unstuffy atmosphere as we want our guests to enjoy the whole experience. We are happy to cater for vegetarians and special dietary requirements with advance notice. As the restaurant is only small and to reduce waste, we only prepare for the bookings we have, it is essential to make reservations in advance.
Fairfield, California
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“The BEST”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

On our 7th consecutive trip to Scotland, we discovered the Cluny Bank Hotel and Franklin's Restaurant. Had 4 unbelievable meals while there. All were world class. On our 2nd night, Lloyd prepared freshly caught and butchered (by Lloyd) monk fish in a romesco sauce, a variety of fresh lovely prepared vegetables and the desert. It gets special mention, because we had requested a rhubarb crisp. The presentation and preparation were stunning. The rhubarb cooked and seasoned perfectly served in a small champagne flute, the crumble seasoned with ginger, cinnamon and other spices presented in a small bowl, a small poached pear with a vanilla sauce and bean and finally your choice of creams in a separate flute. In the center of the presentation was a bowl to mix the ingredients as you wished. Just enough, but not too much. We have eaten in most of the best restaurants in the world, including the French Laundry in the U.S. and 3 Chimneys in Scotland and all the other great places around Napa and Yountville. My wife and I agreed, the best meal we have ever had!! We enjoyed it so much we made another overnight visit this year just to eat with Lloyd. (He could be adoptable.) Of course the lovable chef didn't disappoint again.

We would be remiss not to mention the Cluny Bank Hotel also. Julia does a beautiful job with the rooms and keeping them fresh and updated. This is without question one of the best values for the money anywhere!

We also discovered that Shirley and Eddie Spear, owners of 3 Chimneys always stay and dine at Cluny Bank when in the area. That says a lot for the quality of this fine establishment.

  • Visited June 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“lovely meal”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Enjoyed a lovely meal for my wife's birthday, nice service without being too obtrusive, 3courses with a couple of tasty treats thrown in. Beer, wine and a fantastic cask strength benromach all added to a very good culinary experience.

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Aberdeenshire
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11 reviews
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“Amazing food!!!!”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Perfect food, best meal we have ever had and we eat out a lot! Everything perfectly cooked, seasoned, presented 10 out of 10 to Lloyd very talented chef! Can't wait to come back !

Visited May 2014
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London
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133 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Although I live very near Franklins this was our first visit. Indeed I had only recently heard of the restaurant but the fault is probably mine. The menu is interesting but one that probably would not entice a vegetarian; the service is attentive but relaxed; and the food varied and beautifully cooked. Overall, it was a most enjoyable evening and one we intend to repeat soon.

  • Visited April 2014
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Kelso, United Kingdom
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“Superb dining experience”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Our daughter arranged for us to have a meal here as a special treat. We were certainly not disappointed. We received a warm welcome. The service was excellent and the food was tremendous. Lloyd is clearly a 'master chef'. The menu was varied using fresh local produce. We managed three courses, all of which were superb. The pre-starter and pre desert were a surprise and complemented the food beautifully. Quite probably one of the best meals out ever!! Thank you Lloyd and Jules.

  • Visited March 2014
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