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Seamill House Hotel, 31 Ardrossan Rd, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland

My husband and I have enjoyed afternoon tea and dinner at the Seamill House Hotel, 31 Ardrossan Rd, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland and members of our family have stayed at the hotel. This Hotel offers award winning luxury accommodation at its finest. The coastal location of Seamill now boasts one of Ayrshire’s newest boutique hotels. It is certainly a favourite haunt of ours.

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The afternoon tea was a social event for our book group. We were accomodated in a large, bright, private room on the ground floor of the hotel which suited our group well. Orders were taken for tea and coffee, but only teapots were left on the table which meant the the coffee drinkers had to ask for additional refreshments. I also noticed that water was only brought to the table upon request and the number of jugs was minimal for a group of 20 people. The jugs had to be refilled several times.

The meal was traditional consisting of a variety of sandwiches, scones with jam and butter or cream and cakes. The sandwiches were fresh and very tasty and the scones were delicious. While the cakes were lovely, I think they were the smallest cakes I have ever seen!

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The quality of service was mixed. Most of the staff were delightful and attentive but one young waitress seemed to think it was her place to comment diparagingly about the number of vegetarians in our party (3). I did not appreciate that.

All in all, as value for money goes, this was good and, provided the young waitress got the additional training she needed, I would return for afternoon tea to the Seamill House Hotel.

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When we were hosting friends to dinner, we chose to go to the Seamill House Hotel. There is free parking to the rear of the building and although the restaurant is upstairs, there is a lift for those with mobility issues.

We were seated at a table near the window. Ice water was brought to the table and the service was excellent. I chose the mushroom burger and my husband had the fish and chips. The fish was fresh and flaky and the mushroom burger surprisingly delicious. For desert I chose a chocolate brownie and my husband had the sticky toffee pudding. Both were excellent. I would certainly recommend the Seamill House Hotel as a dinner venue.

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When our family stayed in the hotel, they were delighted by the quality of the rooms, and the lovely views. The hotel was busy as there was a party in the simulated golf room and the bar was busy but our group slept well. They all enjoyed the breakfast which was included in the price and I would certainly recommend a stay in the Seamill House Hotel.

Val Penny

 

The Orangery Restaurant, Seamill Hydro, 39 Ardrossan Road, Seamill, West Kilbride, Scotland

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It is not often that my husband and I can go out for dinner with friends and walk to and from the event, so it was rather nice when we met with Jill and Paul who had suggested we go to dinner at The Orangery restaurant in Seamill Hydro. The hotel has recently undergone a major extension and refurbishment, so we walked down and arrived a little early to have a drink before dinner in the well appointed pub where I had a fine choice of gins.

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When we met up with our friends in The Orangery we were seated with them in a booth where we studied all three menus: the regular menu, the vegetarian/vegan menu and the wine menu. The fellows each had a beer, Jill chose a small house wine and I went with a soda water and lime after my earlier gin.Orangery 1

For our meals, we all chose different things. Jill and Paul shared a mixed fish starter while my husband chose a haggis starter and I had the temura vegetables. For our mains, My husband went with a steak, unfortunately this was a bit cooler and more cooked than he had ordered. Jill chose chicken, Paul had a vegetable pasta and I ordered the asparagus and mushroom risotto. My meal was delicious, but very filling. orangery out

Only my husband chose a pudding, a chocolate and icecream desert. The rest of us all had coffee. It was a lovely meal, except for my husband’s steak: the environment was fine, although the service was a big slow. Still, I would give The Orangery another try.

Val Penny

The Waterside, Ardrossan Road, Seamill, Ayrshire, Scotland,KA23 9NG

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I went to the  restaurant the Waterside, Ardrossan Road, Seamill, Ayrshire, Scotland for lunch with friends today.  I had previously been for coffee when it opened in 2011 and had been disappointed.  However, I had been told it had improved.  It had need.

The interior of the restaurant is beautifully designed.  From the moment you walk through the door at the Waterside there is an immediate wow factor at this stunning, bar and restaurant.  It also has a wonderful water’s edge location with panoramic views out to the Isle of Arran in the River Clyde and extensive menu choice to suit every palate.  However, as a vegetarian, I have to say the choice is sparse, although the quality of the food is good.

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The design is based on stunning Cape Cod, New England, style and makes for an interesting place to dine out or simply relax and unwind after a busy day at the office. When the sun is shining there is no better place than the private garden and covered veranda area where a delicious alfresco food is available throughout the day.

Today I had the vegetarian fajitas followed by a chocolate fudge sundae.  My friends had a variety of beef and chicken dishes followed by lemon meringue pie and warm chocolate pudding.  We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals.  The service was courteous and timely.  All in all it was a lovely afternoon and I will go there again.  The cost for lunch was above average for this area, being £22.50 per head, including drinks.  However, the Waterside experience affords customers the chance to watch meals being prepared through the kitchen’s open pass.  Other culinary features include the Robata grill and fresh fish ice display.

It is lovely to have somewhere special to dine locally. I look forward to using the Waterside again and highly recommend it.

Valerie Penny

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