Good Hotel Guide Review
‘As ever, very enjoyable, and three minutes from the ferry terminal.’ The Urquhart family’s ‘busy, buzzy’ café/bar, bookshop, hotel and cultural hub hits all the right notes. It began in 1970 when the late character actor Robert Urquhart opened a café in a boatshed in this fishing village, invited musicians to play, and fed them. In time it expanded into adjoining cottages, to create a ‘warren of rooms’ that somehow feels ‘open and spacious’. Music events and art exhibitions are a staple, yet it is ‘a haven of peace’. Simple, pretty bedrooms have a Roberts radio, well-chosen books. Guests can take tea and coffee in the beamed first-floor parlour with its armchairs, library, honesty bar, pantry and piano. If you’re on a tight budget, take a bunk in the Clubhouse. ‘A lovely log-burner’ blazes in the restaurant which looks on to the garden. Scott Morrison cooks fine bistro fare. ‘We enjoyed smoked haddock chowder; grilled mackerel with apple coleslaw; beef and boar olives, spinach, grain mustard mash.’ Breakfast brings porridge, a kipper, a full Scottish or full veggie. Jock Urquhart is manager; ‘bantering’ with staff, ‘doing everything with a smile’. (Christine and Philip Bright, GC)
12–14 West Argyle Street
13. 10 with facilities en suite, plus 11 in Clubhouse across car park.
all year except from 3 Jan for three weeks.
bar, lounge, café/restaurant, bookshop, conference/function facilities, free Wi-Fi, wedding facilities, 2-acre garden, public areas wheelchair accessible.
‘eclectic’ in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed throughout (not unattended in bedroom), £12 per dog per stay.
per room B&B £132–£180 (rooms in Bunkhouse £24–£32 per person). À la carte £26.