Seamill is somewhere I used to take my daughter on holiday when she was younger. We enjoyed the walks along the beach, the swimming pool and the table tennis outhouse. We stayed in both the hotel and in the section outside the main hotel where meals were not included. It was the kind of family-friendly hotel that had a Kids’Club and even separate tables for the grown ups while the children had their fish fingers.
On the 3rd as the weather was nice I decided to go back and have lunch there. We were a bit late in setting off so by the time we arrived there were very few parking spaces left so, note to self, leave to arrive on time next time. We entered the door that we had used last time but that seemed to be the way out now instead of the way in. There may well be signs telling you which way to go but we didn’t spot any until we arrived at a “No entry” door.
The restaurant is now called The Orangery and has been massively extended since we last ate there. There is a large area with vistas all the way to Arran which I’m sure is very pleasant. As we hadn’t booked we got shown through to a back area which is not quite so pleasant. They have tried to address this with a large mirror which reflects the views from the window but it is not quite the same. The airiness of the area facing the water is much superior.
We ordered the prawn and salmon salad and the lasagne al forno as our mains. The lettuce was that kind that gets caught on your throat on the way down so keep water handy. The garlic bread was floppy and untoasted. However both mains were tasty enough.
Afterwards we wanted to have desserts followed by coffee and tea. We asked specifically for our drinks to be served after the dessert but as each person is responsible for only one part of the meal the girl doing the beverages arrived a good ten minutes before the desserts. My coffee was stone cold by the time the dessert was finished. When our final waiter asked if everything had been all right I pointed this out but although he apologised he did not offer a top-up or take anything off the bill.
The views probably swing the decision about whether I would give it another chance but overall not as good a meal as the star rating implies.