The Avonbridge has been a favourite eating place of mine for many years.
The hotel itself is often used for weddings and the main dinin room is beuatifully equipped for such an event.
If you're just looking for a nice place to eat out though the Conservatory restaurant is the place to go.
A few years ago the conservatory was extended and this made it even better. Not only that, but since the smoking ban - despite the fact that there was always a designated are for smokers - the conservatory is even more pleasant!The menu has a fantastic selection of european food, the prices are very reasonable and portion sizes are great!
The only problem dish I've ever encountered has been the lasagne - always test the middle of it before eating any, I've had to send mine back a few times. It tastes so good though - it's worth the extra wait!
The staff are usually really friendly too and not in hurry to feed you then get rid of you! It's a great place to go if you want to make a night of it.
This used to be one of the best places to eat À la carte in Hamilton, there was a time where the food and service was second to none and you had to book ahead in order to get a table.
Sadly, after having visited three times in the last 2 weeks, I would have to say that the standards are clearly slipping in this once fine establishment.
Now you can just turn up on spec and you are guaranteed a table, the dining room is nearly always more than 50% empty, even on Mothers day when we went on Sunday night.
The biggest disappointment of the Mothers day visit, was that they had replaced the normal À la carte menu with a fixed menu of the day which comprised of little more than pub grub, but with À la carte prices.
We were not informed at the time of booking that the regular À la carte menu would not be available on Mothers day, what a disappointment it was for a table of 8, there wasn't even anything on the fixed menu for the children to eat.
It was so bad, we got up and left.
On the previous 2 occasions, orders were just simply wrong, staff were then rude and unhelpful in trying to correct matters, some of the food was cold, honestly you would expect a better standard of service at a burger joint, definitely not what you expect from an À la carte hotel restaurant.
The hotel side of the business still seems popular enough, no doubt in part because of it's prime location in the town, but if your looking for a nice À la carte meal and don't want to be disappointed, then I would suggest you look else where and avoid this once great place, shame really.
The food here is really nice. There is a wide variety to choose from, all sorts of pastas, fish, steak to things like curries and pizza. There is definetely something for everyone here. You are normally seated at the back of the building which they call the conservatory as it is a huge glass house. Its a lovely building and a lot of weddings are held here so a little bit more upmarket if you are looking for somewhere to have a nice quiet meal.
I have been twice both for weddings. One time at the smaller wedding the food was nice especially for a function. The next much alrger wedding the chicken was discusting, and many people had theirs served under cooked. Yuk!!
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