Ho­tel Re­view: Old Mill Inn

No.1 took a trip to Pit­lochry in search of some­thing a lit­tle bit spe­cial...

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Sum­mer might be over, but the ad­ven­tures cer­tainly don’t have to stop now. There is some­thing quite de­light­ful about pack­ing an overnight bag, get­ting straight into the car and head­ing some­where you’ve never been be­fore – so that’s ex­actly what I did. It might be sur­pris­ing to some that a Scot­tish adult, hav­ing lived here my whole life, had never vis­ited Pit­lochry, but I hadn’t re­alised what I was miss­ing out on.

Peace­ful old Pit­lochry...

As the largest town in High­land Perthshire, Pit­lochry is a com­plete tourist hub and is ab­so­lutely burst­ing with char­ac­ter. I ar­rived to the town on a par­tic­u­larly sunny au­tum­nal Satur­day and although I was con­vinced what I was see­ing (fish and chip shops queued along the street and ev­ery sec­ond tourist with an ice cream cone in their hand) must have been the very best of what Pit­lochry had to of­fer, I was as­sured by lo­cals that ac­tu­ally, the quaint town is like this all year round. The sum­mer sea­son brings peo­ple in from all over the world and in the win­ter months, Pit­lochry is most fa­mous for its En­chanted For­est and all round cosy feel. The Ba­ro­nial ar­chi­tec­ture through­out the town re­ally sets it aside from other Scot­tish des­ti­na­tions.

Time to check in...

Ex­plor­ing over, it was time to check into our ac­com­mo­da­tion, The Old Mill Inn. As we ap­proached the ho­tel, I couldn’t help but no­tice the bustling beer gar­den – it seemed like the whole pop­u­la­tion of Pit­lochry had flocked to en­joy an af­ter­noon tip­ple at the ho­tel’s outdoor seat­ing area. We de­cided we would def­i­nitely be head­ing back down for a cock­tail or two! We were greeted by friendly and pro­fes­sional staff on re­cep­tion who showed us up to our bed­room, point­ing out every­thing we needed to know along the way – where break­fast and din­ner was served, when the live mu­sic would kick off and where to find all the essen­tials in our room.

Food for thought...

Af­ter a quick freshen up in the room, we made our way down to the beer gar­den to en­joy a much-needed glass of prosecco in the last of the af­ter­noon sun­shine. The au­tumn chill soon ar­rived and so we made our way to the restau­rant for our din­ner reser­va­tion. The restau­rant was busy and at­mo­spheric – just what you’re af­ter at prime time on a Satur­day evening. De­cid­ing what to have from the menu proved dif­fi­cult, as every­thing sounded to­tally de­li­cious. We opted to share the chef’s plat­ter to be­gin with – the shar­ing board was packed full of de­lec­ta­ble bites such as gar­lic bread, chorizo, hag­gis balls and more. For my main course, I just couldn’t see past the tra­di­tional fish and chips af­ter see­ing the ta­ble next to me tuck in. The fish was fresh and the por­tion was huge – the per­fect dish to end a long day. My din­ing part­ner opted for the char­grilled sir­loin of scotch beef, which came served with gar­lic mush­rooms, beef tomato, rocket and French fries – a hearty and fill­ing meal.

A fab­u­lous stay...

Din­ner over, we made our way to the bar to en­joy a night-cap and lis­ten to the live mu­sic. We then re­tired to our room and to say I was de­lighted to un­wind with a bub­ble bath and lie back on the lux­u­ri­ous comfy bed would be a com­plete un­der­state­ment. The next morn­ing, I woke feel­ing com­pletely re­freshed and re­vi­talised, and af­ter an amaz­ing full Scot­tish break­fast in the ho­tel restau­rant, it was time to hit the road. Pit­lochry, you were just per­fect.

The Old Mill Inn Tel: 01796 474020

Mill Lane, Pit­lochry, PH16 5BH www.the­old­mill­pit­lochry.co.uk

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