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Black Watch Dining
The Glenentar is the main dining room on the Black Watch and features traditional dining with both buffet service (with two identical set ups on either side of the restaurant) and waiter service. Simply decorated in brown and orange autumnal colours, the Glentanar Restaurant serves open-seating breakfast and lunch buffets daily (there are also a la carte items that can be ordered from a menu for both meals) as well as early and late assigned-seating dinners. The listed times for breakfast in Glenentar vary depending on whether it is a sea day or an excursion day. Evening meal times are fixed with two seatings: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. During meal times, especially breakfast and lunchtime, expect this restaurant it be extremely busy. The seating configuration consists of tables for two, four, six and eight and couples will frequently be seated with other passengers though there are a fair number of tables for two if a couple prefers to dine on their own. A small adjoining room with Asian decor and flower beds with orchids called the Orchid Room, is also available for dining. As it is slightly set apart, it is private but it is not sectioned off. You can request to be seated in the Orchid Room but there is no additional charge. The menu is the same.

Adjoining the Glenentar is a large lounge with bright gold and pink floral décor with a striking patterned carpet and is called the Braemar Room. French doors separate the Braemar Room from a bar called the Braemar Lounge and this adjoins the casual, buffet style Garden Café, where ethnic-themed nights might include Indian, Thai or Chinese cuisine. Decorated with fresh flowers and potted plants, the cafe's tables seat two, four and six persons, with tables for two closest to the windows. Open-seating breakfast and lunch buffets are also available daily in either the Garden Cafe or, weather permitting, outside at the Poolside Café on Lounge Deck.

At all buffets you carry your own tray -- although waiters are very attentive and will assist if requested. In warm weather, light lunches with dishes such as hamburgers, excellent fish and chips, salads and ice cream are available at the Marquee Grill near the pool on Marquee Deck. Poolside Café6 near the main pool on the Lounge Deck, serves buffet breakfast and lunch, depending on the weather.

High tea with white glove service is offered on sea days in the Observatory Lounge with an esoteric selection of tea: China Petal, Imperial Gunpowder and Earl Grey teas are just a few.

At midnight, the Supper Club offers burgers, sandwiches and sweets as well as tea and coffee in the Garden Cafe.

Quality of service in all dining venues is excellent with food delivered promptly and tables cleared rapidly. Several items available at the breakfast buffet everyday appeal to British tastes such as kippers, baked beans, mushrooms and grilled tomatoes. Overall food quality is average with meat dishes more popular among passengers than fish entrees; dinner menus offer a good variety of choices including two appetisers, three soups, two salads, four entrees and a vegetarian entree plus cheeses and several desserts including a sugar-free option. Most food items are purchased in the U.K.
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Black Watch Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
3.0
4.6
Public Rooms
3.0
4.4
Cabins
3.0
4.2
Entertainment
3.0
4.0
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.8
Family & Children
3.0
0.0
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.4
Enrichment
4.0
NA
Service
4.0
4.7
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.3
Rates
4.0
4.5

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Ship Stats
Crew: 330
Launched: 1972
Decks: 7
Tonnage: 28,613
Passengers: 804
Registry: Bahamas
CDC Score: Not yet inspected
 
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