The Village Rest: Be Prepared to wait
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.
- Travel with Pets
- Hiking and Walking
Cucina Ristorante: Balloch is not just fish and chips!
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.
- Road Trip
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
Balloch Hotel: Real fire, real ale, and the food's good too
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).
- Historical Travel
- Budget Travel
Burger Van at the Rest & Be Thankful: Fast Food with an Amazing View
The Rest & Be Thankful is in fact a car park with a burger van at the junction of the A83 and the B828. Doesn't sound promising? Wait until you see the view and taste the bacon rolls! ! The burgers, Lorne sausage on a roll, bacon rolls and other hot snacks are delicious - if not exactly health food. A perfect place to stop on the way to Inveraray or the Cowal Peninsula from Glasgow for a cheap meal and fantastic view.
Favorite Dish: Bacon rolls
- Road Trip
The Kilted Skirlie: Happy We Stumbled Across It
We had just arrived to the area after an overnight Trans Atlantic flight and were starving. We wandered from our hotel, Cameron House, over to Loch Lomond Shores in hopes of finding something delicious to eat. My husband suggested we try the Kilted Skirtle, so we headed in and were the very first guests on the overcast Tuesday (it was around 11:30am so they were just opening for lunch).
The staff greeted us and sat us quickly at a table with a nice view overlooking the water. We ordered a couple beers after a recommendation from our server and then looked over the menu. Since we hadn't eaten since dinner the night before, we opted for a sharing a three course meal. We started with their lovely Haggies, Neeps & Tatties, followed by the Vension Sausage and we finished off with some incredibly delicious Chocolate Orange waffles.
Overall we were incredibly pleased with our very first meal in Scotland! We were glad to stop by, and suggest if you are shopping around Loch Lomond Shores to pop in here for something to eat!
Favorite Dish: All three of our courses were fantastic, so it's hard to pick a favourite. However, my sweet tooth will have to win out on this one and i'll say our dessert of Chocolate Orange waffles was my favourite! We loved finishing off our first meal with such a yummy dessert!
- Family Travel
Drovers Inn: Drovers Inn
Weird place, stuffed animals everywhere, very cool
Great food too!
Located at the northern end of the west side of the lake