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The Allan Ramsay Hotel, Carlops - pub details

Address: Carlops, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 9NF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 20770) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 7.0/10 (rated by 6 users)
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The allan ramsay hotel pub is first class. We stumbled across it when we were buying a car in Edinburgh and stayed a few days. Full of very friendly folks - staff and owner very friendly - so much so we will be spending new years eve there with the family.
First class
thewildbill59 - 29 Dec 2009 18:06
Brilliant. I have sent this review to other web sites. I hope it is of some uese to you.
This is an easy place to get to on the main road from Edinburgh to Biggar, the A702.
I was looking for a weekend in the country with the wife and our teenage daughter and this Hotel turned out to be a little gem.
I stayed on the Saturday and although we arrived early that morning the staff were very accommodating to our needs.
The decor is quite “oldie worldie” with log fires and an almost Elizabethan façade, probably starting out as a coach house on the road to Edinburgh. Just what I wanted for the weekend.
There are plenty of walks in the immediate area with easy access to the Pentland Hills.
Here’s a tip, ask the staff about the walk which starts just up the road, it goes past one of the nicest cottages I have ever seen.
We were out all day in some stunning countryside and came back for the evening meal.
The Hotel had a good menu and even on request managed to get a meal that our daughter would eat, “teenagers”.
I would recommend this place for the meal alone. The chef makes the effort to use local produce and this is reflected in the amount of local customers they seem to have. I talked to people at the bar and the table next to me, they were only too happy to talk to me about the area.
Quite a lot of hill walkers came in after coming across the Pentlands and this made for a good atmosphere, with the fire going and the banter, it was a good laugh.
I’m glad to say there was no bagpipe music, the host, Carl, had some good music and made our stay a real laugh. On that point, the staff here did care about us.
Rooms? The rooms are comfortable and while the other half and my daughter had an en-suite, I went for the single. They all have a LCD TV and tea stuff. Slept like log.
The family said their room was really good and linen/duvet clean; they rated the room highly for the money.
Breakfast in the morning, sublime, a choice of what you fancied and I was wicked.
All in all 4 and a bit out of 5.
PS – They have a feature that involves old pennies; I’ll let you find that.

johnforbes - 14 Aug 2009 23:41
Clearly previous reviewers are basing their experiences on this pub before it recently changed management. I booked a table for Mother's Day 2009. I booked it the night before for four people. We turn up dead on time, only to be told they have no table for us. The last proper table in the dining area was given to people who turned up a half hour late. The gormless manager showed us instead to a pathetically small round card table so low you would have had to bend down to get to your meal. My mother is 89 and disabled. My girlfriend waxed lyrical. The manager said there was nothing he could do, after we booked what we expected would be a proper table in the dining area the night before. No compensation offered. Furious we left and drove all the way back to Edinburgh, where we got a table at a PROPER hotel bar. Allan Ramsay Hotel -- badly organised, clueless, angersome -- avoid at all costs or have your special day ruined.
Thormod - 23 Mar 2009 19:14
I only ever go there on Sundays, but based on that, it's one of my favourite pubs. Not as mobbed as the Flotterstone, and not as 'Clique' as the Gordon Arms.

It can be over-run at the bar with the 'shooters' (clay traps) or the 'Icelandics' (pony folk) for an hour at a time though.

A wee bit expensive on the food and beer too, but the bar staff are genuinely friendly.

It's the best place in the world after a bit of exertion in the Pentlands. Get a fireside seat in winter, and watch all your worries melt away...
Hillandglen - 14 Jul 2007 23:22

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