This is a review for the Garden Restaurant, we didn't actually stay at the hotel. I found it a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping it would have more of a rustic atmosphere like the front pub area, but instead it's a sunny and bright restaurant in the back of the hotel overlooking a courtyard garden. This isn't bad in of itself, but not what I was expecting. The service was good and the front bartender was very nice and knew his whiskies. They were also very conscientious about my son's nut allergy as well and let us know what he could eat and could not eat. I had the mussels for starters which were fine, although the sauce was overly rich, but good. My lamb entree wasn't bad, but I felt self conscious about ordering it well done, and they talked me out of it and ordering it medium and when I got it, it was too rare for me - thus I really couldn't enjoy it. The sticky pudding dessert was pretty good though, but overall, I though it was a miss. Pricey too. I wouldn't return based on the food and ambiance of the restaurant itself. I think the pub would be good for lunch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Castle is located in the historic town of Dornoch across from the stunning 13th century Cathedral, boasting stunning views of the town. The central position of the hotel makes it ideal for exploring Dornoch, home to the world famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course, which overlooks the breath taking golden sand beach. Dornoch is also well situated for those looking to explore more of what the Highlands have to offer. The historic Castle is built on the site of the original Bishop’s Palace of St Gilbert, who founded the Cathedral in the early 13th century. The building eventually sold on and in 1947 became a hotel after some extensive work, which maintain much of the character of the Castle as a stately, historic and comfortable home. The Castle boasts a total of 22 en-suite bedrooms situated both within the original castle and the modern garden extension. There is a variety of room types available including; standard, superior, deluxe and our award winning Old Courtroom. Due to the castle’s layout each bedroom has its own special ambiance, great care has been taking in creating a distinctive character in each bedroom. The Castle's restaurant has retained an AA rosette standard, through the exceptional work from the chefs. The malt whisky selection is second to none and can be enjoyed in the cosy stone-lined whisky bar with the roaring fire to protect you from the Scottish winds, in the summer the walled garden is the perfect setting to relax during the long summer nights. Coming Summer 2016: The Dornoch Distillery will be opening soon on the grounds of the Dornoch Castle Hotel producing 'Old Style' Whisky and Hand Crafted Organic Gin from scratch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dornoch Castle Hotel Scotland