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“This cozy inn is right out of the Scottish Highlands.....”

Glenlaurel, A Scottish Inn & Cottages
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Rockbridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$54 - US$64
Cuisines: Scottish
Description: This is in an inn/bed and breakfast, but takes reservations from the public for dinner, by reservation only.
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Description: This is in an inn/bed and breakfast, but takes reservations from the public for dinner, by reservation only.
Reviewed 18 May 2015

Having dinner at Glenlaurel Inn, especially on weekend nights, is not "just another restaurant" time but a true cultural experience. It's located in the Hocking Hills area and is nestled within its own acres of woodland beauty which includes a golf course recreated to resemble a Scottish golf course from 800 years ago -- for which you will need to use the clubs and balls that date back as well. Be sure and make reservations if you're there for a weekend dinner (if you're staying at the Inn or cottage they will want to know if you plan to eat dinner there as well), and expect to dress the part as weekend guests at a Scottish manner -- men are expected to wear a sports jacket although ties aren't needed. Women can wear slacks, but need to be dressed fancy casual. You don't need to be staying in the 4 rooms at the Inn or in one of their cottages to have dinner there, and you can be part of the social hour 6-7pm downstairs in the pub rooms with free appetizers and a bar if you're dining. A bag piper (dressed in full tartan outfit) travels to the cabins to play the pipes as an announcement to come for the social hour, and then plays again at the pub as a call for dinner. Our Saturday night meal involved first a poem by Robert Burns, read by the Inn's manager, and then a 7-course meal. I was delighted with the name card printed at each table to indicate where you sit -- it had both our names, with the night's date and a short Scottish poem. The backside was the complete menu so we would know what to expect. And to make sense of all the silverware sitting there before us. While a 7-course meal sounds like you'd be overwhelmed with food, the opposite occurred. Several of the courses were small and in a 2' square dish while the soup and main meat course were average size. Everything was delicious! Scottish or Irish-type music played throughout the evening, and lively conversation was at each table. People were seated in their groups with several tables for two. We were seated in the downstairs dining room which was less formal than those upstairs. The windows looked out onto the rich forest outside. Great scotch and wine list, with the bartender recommending the wine for the meal you were having and had it waiting for you at your table. The chef came out to greet all the diners at the end of the meal, and she explained to us menu items don't follow Scottish tradition but rather take advantage of what produce is in season and good with each season, with the fall months having more Scottish fare. Dinner ended at 9pm. Our meal was $59 each, but other nights which don't involve a 7-course meal the price is less. The liquor bill was high, but that was of our own making. To be up in the hills within a true Scottish experience eating a wonderful meal and drinking good wine and scotch was worth every penny. It was a once in a lifetime for us, and reminded us of our travels to Scotland a few years ago. People we met during the social hour were there for an anniversary celebration, birthday party, retirement celebration -- a great place for a special time.

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1  Thank Deb4TX
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Reviewed 14 May 2015

Most everything was very good. Breakfast = absolute deliciousness. Dinner was fairly good. 7 courses but not given a choice other than entree

Thank Jen R
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Reviewed 22 April 2015

Don't let the humble setting of the Appalachian hills deceive you - there are some hidden gems down in the Hocking Hills and Glenlaurel Inn is one of them. From the moment you make the turn into the entrance, you cannot help but be drawn into the enchanting cottage nestled into the wooded hillside. Upon being greeted by the warm staff, we were lead down to the Scottish pub, where we enjoyed a delicious array of light appetizers while sipping on our wine, of which there are several superb labels to choose from, and spent time mingling with the other guests while waiting to be seated for dinner. The intimate setting in the pub helps to set the tone for the remainder of the evening.

The restaurant staff goes out of their way to make the experience truly authentic. From the kilted staff reading the poetic blessing before dinner, to the bagpipe lullaby playing in the background, there is nothing quite like it outside of Scotland. In addition to the authentic Scottish ambiance, the food is delectable. We have dined at Glenlaurel on several occasions and each meal has exceeded our expectations.

If you plan a visit to the beautiful Hocking Hills, be sure to save time in your day to include dinner at Glenlaurel.

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Thank tmhoule
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Reviewed 24 February 2015

Our food was out of this world--- everything was great and we enjoyed talking to the chef. Our service was exceptional each time we ate and Tracy (the manager) was very kind!

1  Thank Sarah W
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Reviewed 16 December 2014 via mobile

Live Glen Laurel. We enjoyed our in cottage dinner during iurvstay and dinner in the Manor House. It eiukd bevfreshibg to see a few klow or no carb options during cocktail hour. A few carrot sticks or celery sticks or fruit would make it possible for diabetics to enjoy the social hour.I was told it is "not tradional" to serve veggies with wine. I found that non responsive. A huge thanks to our morning server who graciously rustled me up carb friendly breakfasts. Her attitude smoothed over the rather disinterested/defensive response from the inn keeper.

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1  Thank bowsmom
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