Thursday 19 May 2016

Lunch at Fiddlers' Music Bar & Restaurant, Isle of Arran

We were on an overnight stay in Arran as I wanted to get out and about to see more of Scotland and to get some exercise at the same time. We stayed in the Douglas Hotel and on the first night ate in the Douglas Bistro, which was lovely - you can see my review of it by clicking here. So on Sunday after a 10km walk through Glen Cloy we were back in Arran and were looking for something to eat before we started the next leg of our trip to Lamlash. We spotted the Fiddlers' Music Bar & Restaurant and had a quick look at the menu - it seemed to cater for everyone so we decided to give it a go. 

As I said, there is a very extensive day menu - you can get anything from salads, soups, sandwiches, pizza and mains. They also have daily specials. I decided to go for the salad special of halloumi, prosciutto and Mr EmmaEats went for the tuna mayo and red onion open sandwich and spicy chips (he claimed they were for us to 'share'). When our food came out a salad with prawns was placed in front of me. I think the waiter saw my quizzical look and before he had taken his hand off the plate he took it back saying that's not what I ordered. He went into the kitchen and came back to say that the salad I had ordered was actually the day before's special, it hadn't been updated for today but not to worry they would put it together for me. While I was waiting and Mr EE was digging into his food he told me to eat some of his spicy chips. I must say these chips were so tasty. My salad came out very quickly, I went looking for the halloumi as it wasn't noticeable and it turned out that there was none on my plate. I decided that I just wanted to eat and I didn't want to have to wait again so I didn't say anything. However, the waiter came over to see if everything was ok with the dish, so I told him there was no halloumi, he apologised and returned very quickly with the halloumi. I hear you ask after all that, was it worth it? and I can happily say that yes it was worth it. It was very tasty. Mr EE was satisfied with his open sandwich which came out on fresh bloomer bread. Food rating:- 3.5/5.

The service was good, staff were very friendly and very apologetic with the mishap over my salad. Again I suppose the mishap did have an impact on the service though but they did deal with it very well. Service rating:- 4/5.

There is a very casual and relaxed atmosphere here. The restaurant and the bar are in the one area, but as we visited during the day there was no one really drinking in the bar. I'm not sure if I like the way the two areas are so close but it was a lovely welcoming place - even for those who were sweaty and in walking gear. Atmosphere rating:- 4/5.

The price of the food here was very reasonable. We had two lunches, two coffee's and a diet coke and the total was £26.95. Price rating:- 4/5.

Last Words
Fiddlers' was a lovely stop off whilst on our travels around Arran. There is certainly a variety of food on the menu which should cater for all tastes. I didn't feel out of place in there in my hiking gear either. Total Rating 15.5 out of 20.

Date Visited:- Sunday, 8 May 2016

Restaurant Details:-
Fiddlers' Music Bar & Restaurant,
Shore Road,
Isle of Arran,
KA27 8AJ

Website:- Fiddlers' Website
Telephone:- 01770 302579

Thanks a mil for reading.

Emma Mai xx

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