I was invited for Afternoon Tea at the Winnock and was a little apprehensive as to how good it would be. Having last been at the hotel in Sept '13 after climbing Ben Lomond, from memory it was rather tatty round the edges with torn upholstery on the furnishings. Fine for a cold drink after a long walk but not much more. I definitely wasn't expecting much of the food however I was pleasantly surprised. From the minute I made the reservation by phone, I was impressed with the friendliness of the staff. When we got there, we were told we could have Tea wherever we wished and after settling upon the Conservatory, our waitress came to find us and take our order. When the food arrived it was not the usual tiny bites you normally get but a nicely presented selection of sandwiches, vol au vents, mini pies and salad. This was followed by a great selection of what definitely looked like home-made desserts including lemon tart, cheesecake and meringue, all beautifully decorated with fresh berries. This was served with unlimited tea and coffee. What also impressed us was the staff, all of whom were very friendly. The guy behind the bar confirmed that they'd re-upholstered the public areas and was genuinely pleased that I'd noticed and for my compliments on the 'spruce up'.
If you're looking for a nice afternoon out, I'd recommend Afternoon Tea at the Winnock any time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Winnock Hotel dates back to the late 1700’s and throughout history has always offered lodging to weary travelers passing through by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs areas.Formerly a coaching inn, The Winnock hotel has been lovingly restored and tastefully extended to its present day form. Offering 73 bedrooms, cosy lounges; many with open log fires, a characterful restaurant, function room and public lounge bar, the hotel has many things in common with its historic counterpart with one striking similarity - friendly, welcoming service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Winnock Hotel Drymen, Scotland