all year, no accommodation 24/25 Dec.
2 bars, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace (beer garden, boat shed), only bar and restaurant suitable for disabled.
‘relaxed’ all day, live music Sat nights.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bar only.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B from £85. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Walk along the ‘pretty’ towpath of the historic Union Canal and look in on the ‘huge, interesting’ walled garden in the grounds of Ratho Hall – ‘it’s the source of much of the delightful food you’ll eat’ at Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s ‘characterful’ restaurant-with-rooms on the water. The heart of this pretty village, the ‘lively’ pub has ‘smart’ public rooms warmed by open fires, a ‘many-windowed’ dining room overlooking the canal, a terrace for alfresco meals; ‘an easy, informal air’ throughout. Upstairs, the bedrooms are neatly rustic, with modern touches. ‘Ours was small, but not cramped, with a large, comfortable bed (only one bedside table and lamp, though). The good-sized bathroom had fluffy towels, a deep freestanding bath, Scottish-made toiletries.’ Food in the ‘popular’ restaurant doesn’t get more local, with those home-grown vegetables, and pork from the rare breed pigs raised just across the canal. It’s all ‘delicious’: rolled pork loin, toasted oats, roast apple sauce at dinner; home-made sausages and tattie scones at a ‘generous’ breakfast. Summer Sundays, take a lunch cruise up the canal – a real sailor’s delight.
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