We have travelled with Shearings for 35 years and despite many constructive reviews, little changes. This hotel, like others, is 'tired'. Windows lack double glazing and are not cleaned; dining rooms tables need varnishing and fire doors are scuffed. We feel charging a little more for holidays might rectify this. It's also interesting that asking for a quiet room on a top floor doesn't necessarily get you one. We had a first floor room close to the area where the entertainment took place and so it wasn't quiet, nor were the feet if the guest in the room above us.
The food here,however, is particularly poor. It is mostly cook chill or pre-cooked. Limited choice of meals and some bizarre decisions about starters. We both ordered pate and got half a one inch square cube cut diagonally with one Melba toast biscuit, a few tiny lettuce leaves and a match head of yellow pepper. Bearing in mind one can buy Melba toast at a supermarket for about 75p and get about 35 biscuits, this must be the most parsimonious starter we have ever been served. Cheese and biscuits one evening consisted of two small portions of cheese, an inch of celery and three biscuits.
Lovely setting, but no mention that there is a railway station nearby and a local bus service. Priority is given to selling optional tours and keeping you hostage to Shearings. Wine is very expensive and costs far more than the meal accompanying it.
Reception and waiting staff work very hard to make your stay enjoyable, but the hotel experience doesn't really match the glorious scenery.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated within one of Scotland’s largest national parks, the Tarbet has had a rich history as a resting place for travellers for over 400 years. The present building dates back 250 years and was built in the Baronial style. The exterior has recently been redecorated and the hotel presents an impressive first impression even today. There are a total of 69 rooms arranged over two floors, some of which offer spectacular views. The surrounding scenery is second to none, as the hotel looks out over Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond from its location on the banks of the Loch itself. Admire the beautifully decorated restaurant where some tables overlook the loch and take advantage of the spacious entertainment lounge with bar. The Tarbet also has the benefit of a comfortable residents’ lounge with board games and books to help you relax and unwind. The perfect end to a great day’s sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tarbet Hotel
- Bay Tarbet Hotel Scotland