This delightful eatery is part of the Cawley hotels and restaurants group, established by Bobby and Margaret Cawley in 1985, that also owns Loch Lomond’s Duck Bay Hotel.
On the outskirts of the Renfrewshire town, right on the main road and handily just beside the railway station.
Smart, classy and thriving on a late Sunday afternoon.
Slick and efficient. The staff are obviously well-trained, but they were friendly and chatty, too.
The carvery is one of the centrepieces. It operates at lunchtimes and from 5pm weekdays and all day at the weekends with standard plates either £11 or £12. The dinner menu had a huge selection to choose from. There were sections for starters, sharers, salads, grills, pasta, mains and seafood and an extensive vegetarian/vegan selection.
The potato skins were nice and the lentil and bacon soup was exceptionally thick and hearty. The butterflied Cajun chicken with fluffy jacket potato had a bit of a kick to it as did the chicken enchiladas. No complaints at all about the portion sizes, which were more than hearty.
Two starters, two mains and three soft drinks came to £44.
A nice, slightly upmarket feel with a good mix of young families and big groups of older diners obviously having a more special get-together.
The location really is a beauty. There’s a big terrace at the back overlooking lochs and rolling countryside, with Castle Semple Country Park just down the road. On a sunny day it was an absolute delight to sit out and enjoy the views.
They are really plush and clean.