Surprisingly Comfortable, Excellent Food. The Wilds of the Highlands with a Touch of Civilisation.
11/08/2017 Puffbubble, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland
I wasn't expecting much from a hotel in the Highlands, but we arrived to find great comfort in our twin room - which had a double and a single bed. Crisp, fresh bed linen, excellent quality pillows, m... more
I wasn't expecting much from a hotel in the Highlands, but we arrived to find great comfort in our twin room - which had a double and a single bed. Crisp, fresh bed linen, excellent quality pillows, mattress and quilts and beautiful blanket throws. The room was spacious with two windows overlooking the road to the front and the river bank and trees across the way. I was sceptical when the receptionist at the front desk advised us that they served the best food in the village and she actually couldn't recommend anywhere else. So worried we'd get rubbish food after two days of driving, we decided to eat in house. We weren't well dressed, but they didn't blink an eye in the restaurant. And the food was excellent. I had a main course size salad of black pudding and bacon which was delicious with a light fresh dressing and my travel companion had a half and half pizza with margarita on one half and pepperoni on the other half. He said it was the best pizza crust he'd had in a long time. I had a couple of small glasses of pinot grigio and we both found the staff helpful, friendly and efficient. We finished off our meal with a sticky toffee pudding dessert and I had a flat white coffee. Breakfast the next morning was excellent again. All the usual suspects with lovely local bacon, eggs with a vibrant yellow yolk and porridge, cereals, fruit, juices, etc etc. Again very efficient, pleasant and a good atmosphere. In fact that sums up the hotel. Efficient, pleasant and a great atmosphere. I'd heartily recommend this hotel and it was a welcome break in the 12 hour journey from the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Wild is good, but wild with a touch of civilisation is great! less