The Port Royal Hotel

, Isle of Bute, United Kingdom
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The Port Royal Hotel

, Isle of Bute
4 star

Rooms: 5

37 Marine Road - Isle of Bute - Scotland - PA20 0LW - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | +44 1700 505073
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Reviews - The Port Royal Hotel

9/10
Stopped off for one night, stayed for three, then came back again!
Submitted by: Paul Hollingdale in 27/11/08
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  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We motored through this little seaside village as we toured the byways of the westcoast of Scotland. Seeing the fishing kreels we stopped and went into this inconspicuous "pub" by the pier to see if we could get a lunch of crabs or prawns. Inside the bar area was subtly decorated in the Russian way with tapestries, dolls, flowers and a big fireplace. A great selction of beers including Russian lagers I'd never seen before. We settled for crayfish and were served two huge platters and a basket of bread freshly baked just for us! The staff were truly hospitable in the continental way and in the course of chatting to other suprised customers we discovered they have guestrooms. We enoyed the company, dined extremely well in the evening and stayed the night in a cosy fisherman's cottage attached to this Russian Tavern, as they call it. Breakfast was unreal! Fine pastries, handmade sausage,salads,a potato dish, meats, fruits, croissants, Russian and French stle breads...and included in the room price (£65 for the two of us!) We stayed for three nights while we toured the island, and across on a little ferry into the Argyll mainland. The company and the good food and drink made this trip to Scotland really worthwhile. On the second day of our stay a big four masted schooner put into the bay, and the crew all came in and spent most of the day in the tavern. It transpired it was Roger Taylor the drummer with the rock band Queen, with all his family and friends. On leaving to tour up the coast we resolved to return on our way back down. And so we did...and so did Roger Taylor in his fine schooner!
On leaving our hosts I promised to put a line or two about them on the Internet, and they were rather worried it would attract trouble! So, if you're not civilised and don't know fine food, don't pester these guys!
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8/10
Very Friendly & Quirky
Submitted by: Lez in 27/08/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Clean rooms. Not your traditional B&B in Scotland. Very welcoming hosts. Free beer and food! Will go back.
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8/10
Real food and real ale
Submitted by: CK in 09/09/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Staying over on business I was looking for something different to your typical one-night stay at the Holiday Innn Express et-al......and boy did I find it at the Port Royal. Amiable host Dag kept me well fed and watered as we put the world to right. Later joined by a charming fisherwoman and her fisherman complete with their days of haul of langoustines. Most of these get exported to Spain where they are prepared to pay for quality and recognise it when they see it. Pity I'd just finshed an exquisite rendition of Dag's signature dish, the strogonoff. Ever resourceful, Dag offered a plateful of these giant crustaceans as a breafast alternative together with freshly made mayoinaise. With a bowl of fresh fruit, yoghurt, proper coffee and croisants it was a breakfast to die for. The whole experience came to less than a hundred quid......for the first time in a long time I met a proprietor who cared about his food and its provenance, and shared a passion for real ale and good wine....check it out when in town.
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