Marhofn 183.10 - May 2008

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Tips for the bottom:

Ben More

First impression: a warm and friendly welcome and an escort to a table by the log fire. Good start. We'd just got the menu when the waitress came through with a curry for someone else and I thought 'I want some of that'. The chicken dupiaza for £8.95 lived up to expectations. In fact it was the best pub curry I've ever had. As it said on the menu, don't confuse this with the usual pub curry. The vegetable version included big chunks of fresh broccoli, carrot, mushrooms and peppers. Korma and bhuna were also available, as well as the usual pub fare, plus steak or a veggie option. No real ale but the Belhaven and white wine were fine, and there was fresh coffee available as well as a large selection of whiskies. A nice subtle atmosphere in the place - no TV, quiet music, guitars and maps on the wall, books and CDs to browse or buy. The only fault really was the 'West Highland Way wall'. I can see why it would appeal to some, but not to me; the scrawled names and comments were ugly. But the little screen on the wall with a camera card slot for viewing your photos was a great idea. The full name of the place is the Benmore Lodge Hotel and Restaurant, it's on the A85 just east of Crianlarich, and to fully appreciate it you really need to have been up Ben More first.

Alison Richardson

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