On arriving the first thing we were told was that there was no Wi-Fi in the rooms only in the pub. This is fine if you only want to use Wi-Fi during pub opening hours and if you are able to concentrate with the noise of a pub when it is busy. We then had to choose our breakfast for the following morning and I asked if there was porridge. I was told that they didn’t serve porridge, but when I said I just wanted raw oats I was told that they could find me some. The room was spacious with plenty of places for clothes and a good shower; however the drain was partially blocked so I had to keep waiting for the water to drain away before I turned the water on again. The bed was very comfortable and the room was quiet. That evening we ate in the restaurant and I had an excellent lentil soup. My husband and I both ordered the chicken pie as a main dish. However on tasting it it was so salted that you couldn’t taste anything other than salt. As the restaurant was busy and I felt that clearly something had gone wrong with this dish I decided not to call a member of staff to the table as other diners were within earshot. I went to the kitchen area and spoke with an older man who seemed to be the manager/owner and explained the problem to him. He went into denial mode, told me that the pie was always made to the same recipe and that no one else ever complained. He refused to taste the dish himself saying that there was no need and that I probably was not used to the herbs that were used. Grudgingly he offered to let us order something else. At breakfast the following morning I was greeted by this individual who told me that they did have the porridge but that it had gone bad and had to be thrown away! As any website will tell you the shelf life of porridge is 12 to 24 months and if stored correctly it has a shelf life of 28 years. I can only conclude that the kitchen is not well managed with regard to stock turnover. I would add that this is the first place in Scotland I have stayed where porridge has not been on the menu!
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