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“Culinary excellence”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Highland Cottage

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Highland Cottage
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Tobermory
Esher, United Kingdom
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“Culinary excellence”
Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

Having first visited Dave and Jo at the Highland Cottage over ten years ago, our return visit to dine did not diminish in its pleasure and excellence . Jo's standards have only got better, if that were possible and I cannot think that there is a more satisfying venue to enjoy good food in Mull. Cheap it is not, even for the extensive menu, amuse bouche's, et al and has been commented to charge extra for coffee when the set price is quite full might be reviewed. Dave's Scottish humour and attention to your needs compliment the whole experience. If you can afford it, then Highland Cottage is a must in Tobermory

Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Westlock, Canada
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

What a delightful place. Old world courtesy while feeling welcome and cared for. Dave and Jo were so helpful and kind. They not only recommended an exceptional near by boat trip but booked it and made us a great packed lunch! The room was beautifully furnished with all kinds of quirky and interesting décor/memorabilia. Jo is an exceptional cook- I could have done with a lot less- the starters were huge but so yummy you didn't want to leave a bite! It always seem to take us a few days to unwind on our holidays and the warmth and cosy atmosphere totally took us there. Thanks!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

The food was absolutely superb. We were a little concerned it might be a bit awkward with only one other couple dining, but it really didn't matter. David was so welcoming and friendly without being nosy or over the top. The broad bean and parmesan veloute we had as an appetiser was one of the best things I've eaten. The mains of salmon and venison were cooked to perfection and the smoked salmon mashed potato was a delight. I didn't think the pudding of chocolate orange torte with raspberry sauce would work too well, but it did and it's changed my mind about chocolate and fruit. The wine list was much more extensive than I would have expected and the Spanish wine we chose was lovely.
The price was very reasonable and the service impeccable - David even offered us a lift to our hotel as we headed out into a rainy august night (we needed the walk to burn of the calories though!) I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and I only wish I didn't live 600 miles away!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Charming, comfortable, quirky, spotless.....and food punching way over weight for such a small hotel! Great location too.
We had a lovely break and Highland Cottage ticked all the boxes. Dave and Jo are just lovely, friendly and welcoming, but not invasive. Our room was lovely, spotless and very comfortable, with tea, coffee, biscuits, good quality toiletries - the view of the Bay was an added bonus.
The evening meal was stunningly good! Pre dinner nibbles were just divine....and dinner simply faultless - good choice, absolutely delicious.....and very, very generous portions! So much so, neither of us could fit the pudding in! (sob!).... Oh well, thats an excuse to get in training & go back for another visit!
Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 16 July 2013

My mum and I spent 2 nights in this hotel, enjoying the wonderful hospitality of Dave and Jo and had a wonderful time. The hotel is small and a little bit quirky which only adds to its charm. it's location is perfect, just a 5 minute walk down to Tobermory Main Street. In my opinion what makes Highland Cottage is the personal touch - and the superb food. Dinner was to die for, I could think of a few places that could learn a lesson or 2 from these guys.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

High quality accommodation in a beautiful setting with a great attention to detail. Food genuinely worthy of the fine-dining tag. Jo and Dave make for superb hosts. Thanks for making our stay so pleasant with such a personal feel.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alness, Scotland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
Reviewed 24 May 2013

We've eaten a couple of times over the years at Highland Cottage and always had a superb meal. This year for our wedding anniversary hubbie surprised me with an overnight stay and evening meal.

After a very warm welcome by Jo, (fresh out the kitchen with timers pinging but not at all hassled), we were shown to our room, Ulva, and the residents lounge and bar area upstairs. The room was lovely, with a queen sized bed and a two seater sofa as well as plenty of clothes storage space. The room and bathroom were spotless and had lovely touches such as home-made shortbread and a proper shoe cleaning kit. The bed was also very comfy.

Dinner lived up to all expectations and was just fabulous. Again additional touches such as olives, pre-dinner nibbles (hor deouvers ??? lol) and a veloute (posh and very tasty soup) as well as your selected starter, main and pud. For £39.50 I think this is tremendous value. We both went for the Crab Cakes for Starter and the Beef Fillet for Main. The fillet just melted in the mouth. For Pud I had the Lemon Merangue Roulade which was possibly the best thing I have ever tasted and hubbie went for the Creme Brulee. Not a peep out of him all through this course so I can only assume he enjoyed it!! (I know he did cause he did a little whimper when he had the last bit)!

Tea/Coffee in the lounge followed. This is an extra £2.50 but I really don't feel this is asking too much given the standard and amount of food for the set price of £39.50. Wine is a little on the pricey side but again the standard is high and the selection is wide.

Dave is a lovely man and is attentive and chatty. I find he takes his cue from you. If you are chatting he will chat back, if its a quieter table he will just do the necessary.

Breakfast was another food extravaganza with the usual fare but plenty of hot options if you didn't want the full breakfast. We both did and it was excellent, setting us up for the day ahead.

Highland Cottage will not be to everyone's taste. If you want modern chic and anonimity then I wouldn't bother. But if you want comfort, quality and fantastic food then give it a try. Jo and Dave will welcome you with open arms. Their aim to is to run "a small hotel of quality". They most certainly do this and in our view, surpass it. Thanks again and we hope to be back again soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Highland Cottage
Address: 24 Breadalbane Street, Tobermory PA75 6PD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Mull > Tobermory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Tobermory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Highland Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Highland Cottage Tobermory, Isle Of Mull

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