Lovely staff, average comfortable rooms but shame about the food!
21/01/2016 holidayqueen62, dumfries
We spent last weekend at the imperial as a birthday treat from my partner. We booked 2 nights DBB and was looking forward to this after reading we could have a choice of where we ate before we went. w... more
We spent last weekend at the imperial as a birthday treat from my partner. We booked 2 nights DBB and was looking forward to this after reading we could have a choice of where we ate before we went. we decided on the pizzeria we sat down chose our dishes to be told we could not eat off this menu, only the set dinner menu which had only 4 choices on, hunters chicken, vegetarian lasagne and 2 others, nothing which we wanted. I went to reception to ask if we could eat off the other menu and the Carmen the receptionist went away and asked and said we could choose 2 items, for both of us our choices came to less than the 12.99 set menu. The Bruchetta which is a favourite of mine was mushed up on bread tomato based something but with spices in that certainly shouldn't be there its a simple dish of tomato garlic olive oil and basil, which i would think couldn't go wrong. I ordered the main course of arribiatta which is tomato and chilli, plain and simple, and mine had half pint of cream in, no mention on the menu of cream and this should not be in a arribiatta and this i could not eat as cream upsets my stomach. breakfast was a under cooked sausage the first day and second day we were told the "special today" was a "tattie scone" lol i did laugh but ordered with just egg and bacon but this had been deep fried which tasted like it had been fried in last nights fish oil it was disgusting.I thought i would have a croissant as i saw them brought out fresh and there was only myself and my partner and one other gentleman in the dining room and i couldn't eat it as although it was warm it was solid. That evening we sat in the bar to eat as we couldn't find anywhere else open and had cancelled our second night dinner. i chose the steak pie i thought cant go wrong, wrong, it was beautiful steak but spoilt by having lots of red peppers in this is a scottish national dish (well nearly) and this just didn't taste right with peppers. The staff were lovely, the beds comfortable and rooms warm but this hotel is badly let down by the food such a shame. less