One of the highlights of the Black Watch is the outstanding quality of the food, with immaculate place settings and excellent service. Waiters are always on hand to serve tea and coffee, and to renew the table setting as soon as one group leaves so everything runs smoothly. The menu contains healthy, vegetarian and gluten-free options and an exceptionally wide choice of starters and desserts as well as main courses. Passengers told us that they are delighted with the way special dietary requirements are considered, and the hotel manager confirmed that they have regular meetings to ensure everyone's needs are met.
In addition, the new Coffee Station outside the Neptune Lounge provides self-service tea and coffee, 24 hours a day.
Glentanar Restaurant (Deck 6, forward): The main restaurant, seating 340, with breakfast normally served from 8 to 10 a.m., lunch noon to 2 p.m., and dinner in two sittings: 6.15 and 8.30 p.m., has been given a new layout and new sky blue themed lookin the refurbishment, featuring new furniture, carpet and fittings. Passengers can choose from either a self-service buffet or table service, here.
Brigadoon (Deck 6, midship): Formerly the Garden Cafe, this new buffet restaurant features modern new décor, with scenic photographs on the walls,and offers a stylish, intimate dining experience for up to 54 guests, with breakfast normally from 7.30 to 9.30 a.m., lunch from noon to 2 p.m., afternoon coffee service with snacks from 3.30 to 4.30 p.m., open seating dinner from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and supper club from 11 p.m. to midnight.
Room Service: A complimentary continental breakfastis available from room service, plus you can order complimentary snacks like soups, salads, sandwiches and cakes from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. There is also an Under The Weather menu for those feeling a little unwell, including such items as chicken and rice broth and stewed fish. Canapés and party platters are provided for a charge of £17 for chilled items or £18 for warm.
In the refurbishment major changes have been made to speciality dining.
The Black Watch Room (Deck 6, midship); £20: The space that was once the Braemar Courtyard is now a speciality dining area offering an à la carte dining experience, including expertly prepared steaks cooked to order, with seating for up to 46 guests. A new dedicated galley services this new dining facility, and the result is everything one would expect from an up market restaurant. Our fillet steaks (one rare, one well done) were done to perfection and the vegetables came well cooked, as requested. For dessert we shared a platter of taster portions of all the desserts on the menu. At £20 this is unbelievable value, and the intriguing collection of artwork on the walls adds to the experience.
The Grill (Deck 6, aft); £20: Redesigned and rebranded, The Grill offers a new Mediterranean themeddining experience in an alfresco setting (weather permitting).
Bookmark Cafe (Deck 7, midship); a la carte prices: Near the library, the Bookmark Cafe offers a selection of speciality teas and coffees by Taylors of Harrogate, and a wide selection of quality chocolates. Open from 7.30 a.m. to midnight. A double espresso costs £1.85, cappuccino £2.10 and mocha £2.95.
Observatory Lounge (Deck 9, forward); £7.95: An elegant white glove service afternoon tea is served at 3.30 p.m. on certain days, with speciality loose teas served in the traditional way, mini pastries, warm scones and cream. With great sea views, and accompanied by music from the Rosario Trio, this is a treat.
Launched: 1972 (refurbed 2016)