We spent two nights here, using the hotel as a stepping stone to catching the Colonsay ferry. Our room was bright and airy and had a view of the loch. Our daughter had a proper bed, as opposed to a fold-up bed, in our room. Our bed was a little lumpy and the bathroom could do with some attention and upgrading. I could not get the shower attachment over the bath to work properly so that both the cold and hot water came out together. There is also some noise from the road outside between the hotel and the loch. The room's faults were, however, forgotten during our dining experience in the hotel restaurant.
The West Loch clearly has an outstanding chef(s) and our two meals here were faultless. The cuisine was unusual, expertly presented, fresh and delicious. Our scallops were perfect, served with a delectable, miniature salad and pea and beetroot(?) puree. The monkfish was fresh and succulent and we shared an amazing and unusual chilled chocolate dessert with butterscotch mascapone. Coffee was served in the hotel bar which is cosy and relaxing.
The hotel owners could not have been more friendly or helpful, offering to dry out our wet clothes and to accommodate our bikes in a locked shed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small, family-run establishment, the West Loch Hotel dates from around 1780, and is well known locally for having some of the best food in the area. We are well placed for guests passing through, and for those wishing to spend longer in the area, exploring Argyll & the Isles. Ideally located for people heading on the whisky trail to Islay (just minutes from the ferry), most guests find our large whisky selection the perfect start to their adventure! A charming, former coaching inn, the hotel has been sympathetically modernised over the years, retaining many of its original features. Our rooms are dog-friendly, with a choice of double or single rooms, and we have also got family rooms available for those travelling with children. Able to cater for small events, from birthday parties to weddings, we always go the extra mile to make sure your special occasion is extra special. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Loch Hotel Tarbert, Scotland