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The Sutherland Arms Hotel, Brora

I understand this is under relatively new ownership and it's looking very good so far. Menu is very broad, above average quality and portion sizes are good. The range of proper beers was a bit limited and ran out while we were there at 8:30pm, leaving only nasty lager and bottled ales so they do need to sort that out. However the main feature of this pub is the "whisky shop" at the front, with display cabinets absolutely stuffed with whiskies. The whisky 'menu' is vast and organised into themes with different age bottlings available for most whiskies. There are also tasting trays from between about 13 and 30 which are also themed. You could spend a serious amount of time here! Ambience is good and quite cosy. Definitely recommend. 8/10

19 Apr 2011 18:50

The Highdown Inn, Totland

This pub ticks all the boxes. On the Island for a day trip we passed it several times throughout the day and each time became more convinced that it would serve us well for dinner - it just looked like a 'solid' sort of place. And it didn't disappoint! On pump were a Ringwood ale, and Wadworth 6X and Henry's with the Henry's keg up on the bar (also had Mild on tap, plus several lagers and my wife very much enjoyed the house white), impressive menu of imaginative locally-sourced dishes (with a good line in seafood) at sensible prices and a warm genuine pub atmosphere without trying too hard (I agree with robdscarter's post below). The staff were all friendly and courteous and when the food arrived the portions were large. Sadly we'd started with garlic bread which did not leave enough room to finish our mains, which was a shame, as they were really good. The chips were perfect! Best pub I've been in for a while and my first 10/10 rating.

24 Jul 2010 22:03

The Bulls Head, Reigate

Not a bad little place, if a bit 'local'. No objection to going in here, but would not seek it out particularly.

19 Jul 2010 17:44

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