Stayed here for 3 nights in early October.
Firstly, the location - absolutely stunning. We were blessed with the most beautiful weather and I would have been happy gazing out across the loch to the multiple islands for hours on end. Just beautiful.
We had a room in the main hotel which was nice - I would describe it as shabby chic. It had everything you would want in a room - wasn't the biggest but perfectly nice for a 3 night stay. Only comment is that the kettle lead is too short - you have to scramble about behind the chairs to plug it in, and leave it on the floor while it boils. There must be a H&S issue in there somewhere!
Now to the food... I was disappointed by this. The kitchen is aiming for fine dining, but they seems to have hit style over substance. The food is expensive - bordering on London prices and several of the things I had were pretty average or disappointing. Crab tortellini was undercooked and tough, monkfish tasted like it had been in the freezer for a month, was dry, weird texture and pretty tasteless. I think they would do better to reign back on the fine dining, and concentrate on making the very most of the fabulous ingredients they have on their doorstep. In contrast to the fancy dishes, their steak and chips were great. And the puddings were divine - hats off to the pastry chef.
Service was good, although I the sitting room should be manned all evening. we had to go searching for staff to get a after dinner drink.
Over all a lovely place. Improve the food and it could be great.
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- The finest location on the West coast of Scotland awaits visitors to experience this hotel and it's award-winning restaurant, the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or short break at any time of the year... as long as you can put up with the amazing views, the fantastic food, the log fire in the lounge and the selection of malt whiskys! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Loch Melfort
- Loch Melfort Hotel Arduaine, Scotland - Argyll And Bute