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Ramnee Hotel, Forres

The Ramnee Hotel, Forres, is a century old, listed building offering diners a warm welcome and a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a truly splendid menu. It is currently run by Garry Dinnes and team, who all provide an excellent level of service.

Diners can choose to eat in the bar with its wood burning stove and relaxed atmosphere or in the dining room, an elegant candlelit room. The full menu including the specials is available in both rooms.

The menu is diverse using many Scottish ingredients. It also includes vegetarian and gluten free dishes. Each dish is well thought out, well prepared and beautifully presented. There is a children’s menu with freshly prepared dishes devoid of the usual frozen fare.

To start I chose Stornoway Benedict a wonderful combination of muffin, baked ham, Stornoway black pudding, an exquisitely poached duck egg and hollandaise sauce, followed by a Lime and Pepper Marinated Chargrilled Chicken Breast served with coriander olive oil, steamed vegetables and chilli pepper jam, an excellent combination of flavours.

My husband chose West Coast Scallops that were succulent and cooked to perfection served with black pudding, vanilla and parsnip puree which he declared delicious. Main course was a tasty Roast Breast of Chicken served with white bean and sausage stew. For pudding I chose the delicious Iced Espresso and Dark Chocolate Parfait. George chose Rice Pudding served with a contrastingly sharp fruit compote, another great dish. Our compliments to chef Hamish Davidson and team who produced an excellent meal.

They have a vast wine list and a huge whisky menu with detailed tasting notes.

Our waitress Jen provided professional, friendly and unobtrusive service throughout our meal.

The team is currently developing a new Spring Menu, which will be available soon and will include many new and enticing dishes. Take my advice and pay them a visit. Best to book a table though, it’s a busy place.