We stayed at the Moorings to break the journey from Inverness to the south coast. The hotel is located about 1 mile from the M74 and is easily accessible from the motorway. There is a large, no pay, c... more
We stayed at the Moorings to break the journey from Inverness to the south coast. The hotel is located about 1 mile from the M74 and is easily accessible from the motorway. There is a large, no pay, car park and when we stayed there were plenty of spaces.
Check in was very efficient and the COVID measures were explained. Bookings for both evening meal and breakfast were taken to ensure that social distancing could be maintained in the bar \ restaurant.
Rooms have been recently refurbished and our bedroom was large and nicely furnished. Bed was super soft and very comfortable. There was no bath but there was a large walk in shower in the spotless bathroom.
Tea and coffee was provided in a prepacked pouch which also contained very nice biscuits.
We ate in the hotel in the evening. Menu was typical of fare in offer in a bar restaurant with a good choice of the usual favourites. Service was quick and efficient and the meals were served very quickly. As is my norm I had the fish and chips and this was very good indeed
Breakfast was served at the table but curiously there was no menu, or options offered apart from a choice of tea or coffee. Once seated we were brought a ready prepared tray with tea, coffee, toast, fruit juice and 2 packets of cereal. We were informed that our cooked breakfast would be served shortly, but again no options were offered. Something had clearly gone amiss with the tray preparation as there was 1 cereal bowl, 1 napkin and 1 spoon and no side plates 2 small portions of butter and 4 large portions of jams and marmalade. The waitress was very helpful and quickly brought the missing items when asked. The cooked breakfast was the low point of the stay. The bacon was excellent, nicely cooked and presented, the sausage was pale and barely cooked and looked microwaved, the haggis was soft and again appeared microwaved, the scrambled eggs were overdone and did not appear freshly made, the potato scone had been griddled and overdone, but the mushrooms were fresh and beautifully cooked. My wife had enquired if there was a healthy alternative to the “full Scottish” and was given well prepared and beautifully presented plate of fruit and yoghurt. We did wonder how the kitchen could produce plates of such contrasting quality.
Would we stay there again? Yes, as it is close to the motorway and a great location to split a journey. The hotel represented great value and the rooms were excellent and once things return to normal the quality of the breakfasts will hopefully rise to match what is on offer throughout the hotel. less