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Balloch is a popular stopping point for tourists starting their tour of the highlands. It is the gateway to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and has a caravan site, 3 hotels, a number of b&bs, 2 chip shops, a kebab shop, a Chinese take away and a number of restaurants including 2 Italian, a Chinese, an Indian, and several pubs.
Our favourite is Cucina, just across from the train station. This small Italian restaurant has a good menu with friendly staff at reasonable prices. They have set lunch and dinner menus as well as an a la carte meunu.
Favorite Dish: I especialy like the thin crust pizzas and the bruschetta, and the mussels are excellent according to my sister.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Balloch Road, Balloch across from the station
Phone: 01389 755 455
This pub has had some history, built in the 18th century, it became an inn in the 19th when it hosted Hans Christian Anderson and the Empress Eugenie (not together!). It is also the subject of a famous painting "Balloch Reflections" by the Scottish Colourist, George Leslie Hunter. The main attraction today is its location on the River Leven just downriver from Loch Lomond, and its open fires. It usually has at least 2 real ales, and plenty of lagers, wines, and spirits. We like the food, pub fare with a number of slightly out of the ordinary dishes as well. The pub is part of the Vintage Inn chain, so don't expect gourmet food, but do expect a reasonable meal in very comfortable surroundings, with friendly staff.
Favorite Dish: Pork Fillet stuffed with caramelized onions and sage is one of my favourites on the current menu (January 2010).
Written Jan 31, 2010
Address: Balloch Road at Balloch Bridge, Balloch G83 8LQ
Phone: 01389 752579
When we first arrived in Luss we stopped by the Village Rest but the queues were out the door and onto the street. The nearby hotel was closed for refurbishment and the only alternative eating place was the coffee shop which we didn't fancy much. We wandered around the pretty streets for almost an hour, returning to the restaurant around 14.00 hours. This time the queue was just inside. It wasn't long before we were seated when a table for two became available. What a lovely place this is with fresh pine furniture and friendly service. It was busy - it seemed to me half of Glasgow had emptied it self in here. Maybe this is why I only took a photo of the sweets near the till, Glasgow folk have a wicked sense of humour and I did not want to invite a comment!
Favorite Dish: Food is served all day here with a Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meal menu. Although it was still lunch time I had the 'all day breakfast' which was very nice and included bacon, eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, sausages and tattie scone. Kenny had chicken slices with bread and fresh garden salad. I don't think anything at the Village Rest would leave any one disappointed - the tables full of happy diners spoke for itself. Oh and don't forget to buy some old fashioned sweets on your way out.
Updated Aug 11, 2009
Weird place, stuffed animals everywhere, very cool
Great food too!
Located at the northern end of the west side of the lake
Written Jan 3, 2010