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The Scalloway Hotel

Islands

Main Street, Scalloway, Shetland. ZE1 OTR.

Tel: +44 1595 880 444

http://www.scallowayhotel.com/

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Our review

The Award for Independent Hoteliers of the Year 2016 was presented to Peter and Caroline Mackenzie in recognition of their tireless work for the community as a Living Wage Employer, and personally creating a high standard of Scottish hospitality and guest comfort. 

The Shetland Island experience is authentic in every aspect from the local food and drink, to the hand-crafted furnishings in the 23 homely bedrooms. Expect high thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linen, quality Vi-Spring mattress, soft towels and bathrobes, underfloor heating and heated mirrors in the bathroom; Shetland tweed fabrics for chairs and curtains with sheepskin rugs to add a traditional warm, homely touch, as well as island seascapes on the walls. Bedrooms have an ongoing design programme, such as a bespoke four poster bed and oak wood furniture from local furniture makers, Paparwark.

The Restaurant is renowned for its superb award-winning cuisine, (2 AA rosette, SHA Informal Dining), and the standard is set to develop under new Head Chef George Fraser. From Autumn 2017, an extended A La Carte menu will feature a choice of five starters and five main dishes, such as Cullen Skink, (with Shetland smoked haddock), Shetland scallops, lamb, monkfish, beef and lobster, followed by chocolate torte with homemade pistachio ice-cream, or platter of Scottish cheese and oatcakes. Accompanied by an amuse bouche and a granite palate cleanser, this is very much a fine dining experience, without formality or fuss.

For a more casual setting, the busy, buzzing Bar offers an equally tasty menu focussing on local seafood, (mussels, crab, lobster, haddock & chips), steak and venison with daily specials.  The selection of bar drinks is seriously impressive with 27 gins, including Shetland Reel, (with a fragrant flavour of seaweed), local ales, malt whiskies from across all Scottish regions, and well-priced wines.

Breakfast is a relaxed affair in the restaurant, complete with linen tablecloths with a cold buffet of cereals, fresh fruit and pastries. A good choice of hot dishes, again promoting local provenance with porridge, kippers, scrambled egg with smoked salmon, omelettes and Eggs Benedict.

As a family run hotel who know the regular visitors both for business and leisure, they are most adaptable to ensure guest comfort and extra facilities. A hot breakfast can be available to those (such as oil rig workers), leaving very early in the morning, and special set menus n the bar for groups.

Looking ahead to Spring 2018, a most exciting redevelopment project is due to take place with a complete redesign of the Lounge Bar, featuring the signature tweed fabrics and furnishings and creating an outdoor patio area at the front.  The architectural plans emphasise a more contemporary “country inn” style with artwork, heritage artefacts, books, open fire and warm pubby ambience.

The fresh, new look Scalloway Hotel will certainly enhance the guest experience to create a more contemporary Boutique style, reflecting the bespoke hand-crafted Shetland décor from the bedrooms to the Lounge Bar. Far more than a Restaurant with Rooms, this is a Destination Hotel and the perfect base to explore the natural beauty, wildlife, history and heritage of the Shetland Isles. 

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