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Published: September 16th 2018
What a day of contrasts! Our hotel in Glasgow, right next to the railway station has such good wifi! We wandered downstairs and found that the brasserie for breakfast that I’d researched is part of our hotel! After a lovely hot buffet breakfast we packed up and headed to the station to catch our train for our 3 1/2 hour trip to Inverness.
The train was just a local train with people alighting and joining all along the way. There were some men on their way to Inverness to watch a soccer game - they started on their ales and drank and chatted (getting louder and louder) all along the way. We were chatting to a man who works for Wendy Wu. Wendy Wu tours started in Sydney but HQ is now London. The scenery along the way was really beautiful.
We arrived in Inverness and found our hotel adjacent to the railway station. They said our room wasnt available, which was understandable because it was only 1:30pm, but it wouldn’t be ready till 3pm!! So we sat in their large, beautiful foyer and relaxed. Tom thought we should have lunch while we waited. This was exciting because their
menu had exciting Scottish fare. I went around to the food ordering are and the young unsmiling waitress said I could put it on our room account if I’d opened an account with them. I said I thought we had because we’d just checked in and I showed her our room card. She said no, she couldn’t check if we had an account. So I walked over to the reception and asked if we had an account. The lady said no, she’d need an imprint from a credit card to open one. Why wasn’t this done at check-in? So then I returned to the food section and ordered our meal, including mashed potato for me instead of rice.
Tom stuck with soup and pie. I ordered neeps, haggis and tatties as my starter and it was lovely! I thought a drink would be nice with my main course and wandered over to the bar in the restaurant. After a while a waitress asked if I’d like to order a drink! When I said yes she told me I needed to go around to the public bar side. They were really busy but I eventually got a glass of Aussie
Chardonnay for me and a pint for Tom.
When I returned to our little table, my meal had arrived but not Tom’s. I started on it so it wouldn’t go cold. No mashed potatoes, 6 baby potatoes! (Which I didn’t eat). The glenmorangie sauce was delicious until I ate it with the chicken. I don’t know if it was char-grilled but it was certainly charred, and that flavour was far far stronger than the glenmorangie, unfortunately. So disappointing. I actually complained to the older nice lady about the dreadful meal (never done that before in my life). Tom asked unhappy waitress girl where his lunch was. Oh sorry, there’s been a mix up we’ll get it to you ASAP. He said it was tasteless.
After unpacking a bit in our room (very old and basic, no air) we walked around town. Wifi in our room does not support Facebook, google, email, safari. Only games. Urghhhhh.
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