We really did not know what to expect when it came to dining in Scotland. It has been 30 years since I had been to the Highlands, and at that time, I rarely ate anywhere but pubs. Sometime between then and now, Scotland has turned into a foodies paradise, with exceptional meals of game, seafood, vegetarian and local fare seemingly everywhere. Bunnrannoch House was the best of the lot, not just because of the quality of the food, but also because of the quality of the hosts. You really are part of the family here, in fact our second meal of the week happened to be the night the host was celebrating his birthday with his son's family. We didn't stay at Bunrannoch, we stayed at Carie House down the road, a wonderful experience in it's own right, but I can see why anyone would want to stay at this lovely Inn with it's wonderful views and charming farmhouse atmosphere. A huge herd of stag came into the fields just outside the house every night. If you are in the area you must not miss this place!
Terrific value for money
Hotel is in a beautiful setting near the lock. The room (ensuite) was basic but comfortable. Our hosts were very attentive to our needs and we had a highly amusing evening with Ben who has a fantastic non PC sense of humour. The three course dinner was a delight - venison shot by Ben! - as was breakfast. Highly recommended.
We will definitely return.
We booked this wee hotel to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday. We had friends staying over and 17 people for an evening meal. What a fantastic place! Don't be put off by the slightly scruffy exterior - the owners, Ben and Rita, are in the middle of a major refurbishment of the building and things are just a wee bit "up in the air" at the moment. The welcome that awaits you inside is second to none. The bedrooms are very comfortable and clean, the sitting room and dining room are also very comfortable, relaxing and as formal or informal as you'd want them to be. Ben is a super host - once you get used to his dry sense of humour. The food is almost entirely locally sourced (you've got to try the Pike and Trout Pate, made from fish caught in Loch Rannoch, a stone's throw from the hotel), and Rita is an absolute wizard in the Kitchen! Ben and Rita designed the menu to suit our party - vegetarians, vegans, gluten free - she takes everything in her stride and produces food that any top establishment would struggle to compete with. The portions are generous, to say the least, and she makes the best Apple Crumble I have ever tasted. If you want to sample a dram of good whisky, Ben is your man - and like Rita, he's not mean with the measures.
Everyone in our group said that they'd love to go back and spend at least a weekend here. A perfect spot for good food, good drink, nestling between Loch Rannoch and Schehallion, and all at really good value for money.
Ben and Rita made a special night even more memorable.
My family arranged for my 50th birthday meal here as we have 3 vegetrians and 1 gluten free people to cater for. My wonderful friends also booked in here for the overnight stay as a surprise. Rita and Ben made us feel so welcome as if we were being served in our own home.Ben is very knowlegable about whisky and debated them with the men and Rita explained the use of cooking ingrediantswhen quized about the food.The birthday chocolate birthday cakewith fresh strawberry and cream was amazing as was the gluten free one.The exterior of the building may put you of as they are in the process of renovating this old building back to its former beauty and a good job they are doing. All of us have decided to go back at some point and stay here for a few days as a group as it feels so relaxed.
In the nearly 45 years I have been a vegetarian (with vegan leanings) I have never experienced a menu which offers more than a choice between two options, except, obviously, in specialitst vegetarian establishments. I was bowled over by the menu offered at Bunrannoch House. I am not used to having to choose - and that was made more difficult rather than easier as Rita gave me tasty little samples of this and that - it was all so delicious. Finally when we were leaving, she presented me with a slice of vegan choclate cake for my elevenses the next day - and such a generous portion that there was sufficient for my husband to tuck in as well.
Thank you Rita and Ben for an excellent evening.