all year except Christmas.
2 bars, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, terrace (beer garden, boat shed), only bar and restaurant suitable for disabled.
‘relaxed’ all day, monthly live music nights.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in main bar only.
 per room B&B £100–£130. À la carte £30.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Run with ‘an easy, informal air’, Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s ‘bright, lively’ inn on the historic Union Canal has ‘all the character you could hope for’. Jackie Fergus manages a ‘cheerful team’. Bright fires warm the ‘smartly decorated’ guest parlour and popular pub; an admirable range of Scottish ales and whiskies warms the hearts of locals and visitors. Upstairs, smart, rustic bedrooms overlooking the canal are given modern touches (a flat-screen TV, good Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities). Each is different from the others: duck-egg-blue Bonnington has a mahogany four-poster bed and an antique chandelier; pretty Baird, with a freestanding slipper bath in the bathroom, has space for an extra bed. In the ‘light-filled’ restaurant, chef Ben Watson’s ‘delicious’ fare uses plenty of freshly picked produce from the ‘huge, interesting’ walled garden, a stroll up the canal. A typical dish, made with pork from the owners’ rare-breed pigs: caramelised onion and black pepper sausage, mashed potato, crackling, Ramsay’s black pudding. Breakfast is ‘enormous’ and ‘very good’, with haggis, tattie scones and eggs from the ducks up the way.
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