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The Old Town Coffee House 38 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland FK8 1DU

I had had a busy, tiring day. I stopped into The Old Town Coffee House, Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland. It is a friendly looking little cafe and I needed a bite to eat mid afternoon. I should have been warned when the table I sat at was grubby and the people at the next table were asking for their drinks (again) as I sat down.coffee shop

When my food arrived the soup (described as lentil soup) was made with lentils but was spicy. I could not identify the spice. My toasted sandwich was cheese and tomato, not the tomato, mozzarella and basil that I had requested. In addition to this one of the slices of bread was the thick end slice (known in Scotland as the heely).

When I drew this to the attention of the staff, they shouted at me, ridiculed me and chased me from the restaurant. This was a thoroughly unpleasant experience. I will not be back.

Stirling Highland Hotel, Spittal Street, Stirling FK8 1DU, Scotland

It was some years since I had been to Stirling, Scotland and I have never stayed in a hotel in the city. However, recently, when I was attending the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival, I chose to stay in this central 4* hotel close to all the events. I was pleased with my choice. The hotel is situated in an old building which also house the Scottish Whisky Shop! This offers very individual style gifts and good advice if a traditional gift of the amber nectar is sought.stirling-gallery-2-267x151

The hotel itself is part of The Hotel Collection Group. The only real draw back is that there is no entry that completely avoids stairs. For that reason I would not use it if visiting with a disabled friend or relative. The lay-out of the hotel is also illogical.

There are entrances at different levels. The car park entrance is the level where you will find the leisure facilities. These are very high quality.Indoor-Swimming-Pool2-600x300

The bar and reception are on the floor above. Another entrance is up a flight of stairs leading from Spittal Street. One floor up again are rooms numbered in the 200s and 300s. Today it is unusual to have a numbering system of this type. The first digit of the room number usually reflects the floor the rooms are situated on. These rooms are all on the same floor as the restaurant.  The decor is a little dark and in public areas, throughout, a bit dated.

 

Having said all that, the staff are extremely kind and helpful. The hotel is spotlessly clean and the food offered is tasty and varied. I enjoyed my stay at Stirling Highland Hotel and have no doubt that I will use it again. Indeed, I look forward to visiting next year when I attend Bloody Scotland again!

Valerie Penny

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