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“Disappointing and expensive”

Restaurant at Old Pines Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 7 September 2021 via mobile

We went for diner as we found the setting lovely. The starters were mean in quantity, someone took the scallops and got 2, someone else took the venaison carpaccio and got 4 tiny slices.
The main dishes were good and with the right quantity,
The deserts were tiny as well and the cheese platter not good at all, with dry and slaty cheese.
It was very disappointing for the price we paid,. They seem to aim for high end but they are not there yet.

Date of visit: September 2021
Thank Phpx
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Reviewed 6 September 2021

An interesting single-storey building comprising a small hotel with a proper restaurant, set amongst stands of scots pine, overlooking the Nevis range.
Excellent food, good quality ingredients, cooked with skill and imagination.
It's not cheap, but part of what you pay is for the skill and experience of the kitchen staff.
There is a comfortable lounge area where you are seated whilst reading the menu, ordering drinks, and enjoying complementary amuse bouche nibbles.

My only gripes:

I would really like some simple fresh vegetables served with main courses. The pork belly was served with nduja-infused mash, some slithers of pickled onion, half a plum, and sprig of pea shoot. Some broccoli, spinach, carrots, or beans would have been much appreciated.
I would have loved to try the cheese platter after the main course, but could not justify the £10 price.
Many of the windows were open in the dining room (likely because the large picture windows make the place get hot on a sunny afternoon) - and the room was quite chilly in the early evening as a result.

To conclude on a high note, the sticky toffee pudding, served to my daughter as part of the children's menu, was quite possibly the best of its kind - ever! Truly remarkable.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Thank clinteastwood01
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Reviewed 13 July 2021

Booked Dinner recently at this venue.
Location was excellent, service was good as was the food.
Reasonably priced menu.

Date of visit: June 2021
Thank U1845MVbrianl
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Reviewed 6 July 2021

The view from the restaurant window is beautiful. We were seated in a lounge while we were waiting for the previous diners to vacate. We were served aperitifs while waiting.
The food I ate, twice cooked belly pork melted in my mouth.
In fact it was so good we returned the next night so I could have another helping. My wife and friends also enjoyed their food which was served hot.
Staff were excellent and smiled a lot.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 4 July 2021

Had a lovely light lunch here today. Chilled amond soup was sublime! Really nicely presented and very fresh toasted sandwiches to follow. Staff friendly and helpful. Great view across the strath. Highly recommend. Grounds impeccably kept.

Date of visit: July 2021
1  Thank Jog08
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