Scotland > Highlands, Fortrose
Theydon_Bois (534) The íSham, England | October 27, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited on Saturday 19/10/13 in a taxi from Dingwall station (£40 for 8 people).
We headed to the beer bar at the rear of the establishment which was pretty busy around 7pm on a Saturday but we squeezed around a table. The largest table had a resreved sign on it, overspill form the restaurant so beware of this!
The place is a small squareish room with a couple of duke boxes, cosy and the atmosphere was good, a few locals from Inverness, tourists and ourselves.
Service was fine but the two young lads manning the bar didnít know too much about the beers.
Looking at the high scores this venue has attained I must say I felt a little underwhelmed by the beers on offer from tap. I came here as a beer drinker, not to eat or pair bottles with food etc.
The tap range was pretty lazy in my opinion. 3 casks, 9 kegs. Of the 3 casks one was Harvistoun Bitter & Twisted and was in poor nick to the point 2 blokes returned their pints, one was Kingstone Classic - classic twiggy bitter, the other an XT offering - fair enough. Keg beers included all manner of dross - 2 from Bellhaven (I guess these cover the lager crowd), Vedett, Floris Apple, Brooklyn Amber amongst others, just uninspring IMHO.
The bottled list, particularly on the Belgian front was extensive and I donít doubt that itís probably the largest in Scotland (or north of Edinburgh/Glasgow) but thereís no rare numbers, nothing you couldnít order from Beers of Europe or pick up in other UK bottle shops today, ditto the 50 or so other bottles from the US and Europe.
I came here expecting a little more in terms of local Scottish (or Highland) beers but found only 2 on tap, one of which was seemingly past itís best and nothing rare at that. The Cromarty offering on keg was overpriced at £4.60 a pint for 4.7%, Iíd pay 20% less than that in cerntral London and we were a stones throw from the brewery!!!
Iíd head back here with my wife to stay or eat, no qualms, but as a beer drinker who made an effort to come here for beers I felt let down and the 4 or 5 taps in Number 27 and the Castle Tavern offered me more interesting local beers and all in great condition.
Beershine (696) The Sunshine State, Florida | August 23, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
The first time we came to the Anderson, it was closed. They keep evening hours only so be prepared. Do come. You can't find a better bar in Britain--one that ticks all the boxes and leaves out nothing. The landlord is an expat American with a good mind and heart. Jim also has a cuckoo clock. It is the first time I heard a cuckoo clock since visiting my grandparents in Mumbai when they still lived on Napean Sea Road. Good vibes, good taste. They run a hotel, too, but I would never stay here because then I would be unable to stop drinking in the evenings and that would be bad news. There are several spaces in The Anderson--one for dining, one for dive bar, and one for whisky lounge/pub dining. My favorite spot was the whisky lounge. I felt instantly at home. We also sat in the dive bar just for a round. There are well-stocked jukeboxes in both bar areas. Think Latin jazz, Captain Beefheart, Stray Cats..no crap on tap holds true for the tunes. The single malt selection was the highlight for me. I would prefer a few more cask-conditioned ales, as that's what I come to Britain to drink, but the bottle list is impressive enough that we ordered a few....Jim's wife is a world class chef. I don't know where she sharpened her chops, but those are some serious skills she's wielding. We tucked into some three dishes and realized that we might never again eat that well in Scotland do we ordered another! Josh and I spent about 5 hours in this place--no joke. The good food, the atmosphere, the owner's company, and the drinking selection were second to none.
Sissio (12) Orsenigo, Italy | August 4, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 9/20
Really nice ambiance, with an amazing selection of Belgian bottled beer and several local cask ales. The food was excellent with a delicious creative nuance. The main and biggest flop of the evening was the service. A long wait at the bar to get an advice (kindly provided then by an unknown costumer), with no barman to find. Endless wait to get a menu, than for the food... 2hrs for a beer and a dish, and we were just two. A great place spoiled by frustrating service.
Schlenkerla (314) , Austria | June 30, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
We visited this Pub on 29th of June 2013. They claim to have the largest selection of Belgium beers in Scotland, on the menu they have around 50, some specialities and 2 of them on draft. They have around 12 ales on draft in total, including some beers from the US as Brooklyn Amber Lager and Liberty Ale from Anchor Steam and some Scottish beers from Fyne and Orkney. The pub is great with a lot of beer atmosphere. Food is good too. Service is a bit quirky, never mind you should visit this place.
Woulfe (1) Malden, Massachusetts | November 15, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
I visited Scotland with some friends from the US this past April - during over travels, we spent a night on Black Isle and stumbled upon the Anderson for our dinner (it was recommended by our B&B owner). All I can say is that was the best recommendation I have received and I couldnít have been happier with the result. We sat in the back bar for the first two hours, enjoying their vast beer selection (ah, Mikkeller - how I love thee). We then moved on to their dining area and had a terrific meal topped by an even more amazing dessert. The Anderson is a great place to include on any tour of Scotland, especially if you find yourself in the Inverness area.
Scopey (352) Croydon, England | August 30, 2012| Updated December 7, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
I have been waiting some time to visit the Anderson after hearing some rave reviews and seeing their name as one of the few ambassadeurs díOrval. The Inn located about 30 minutes drive from Inverness airport, which means itís not nearly as difficult to get to as you would first think. We stayed the night in a brilliant room with a four-poster bed, which I strongly suggest to get the full Anderson experience. Inside they have 3 areas Ė a dining room, beer bar and whisky bar. We opted for the latter. Itís obvious straight away that the owners are passionate about food and drink. The selection includes about 150 beers, numerous ciders, 250 single malts and over 50 wines. Beer-wise they have a comprehensive tap selection of both cask and keg with quality craft beer being the focus. The bottle list is impressive - composed of a substantial Belgian and Danish selection, as well as interesting Scottish, English and Dutch beers, amongst others. We were there from open to close, but would need to be there for weeks to make a dent on the menu. All staff were friendly, passionate and knowledgeable. Prices seemed very good for someone used to London anyway. Food is a fusion of Scottish and American and pretty damn delicious. Right up there with the best beer places I have ever visited, let alone the UK. I shall most definitely return!
sic1314 (297) Leiden, Netherlands | April 22, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing off the beaten track pub, wonderful beer list for itís location. Always visited in daytime, so canít really say what the ambience is when busy - but when in the area, visit!
Tim Webb (187) Cambridge, England | December 19, 2010| Updated January 9, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
In the UK, I cannot bring to mind a better place to drink than the Anderson. The pub and the hotel-lounge are entered via doors in different streets. The former is a great wee bar, the best on the Black Isle of Cromarty, and has live local music on Sundays. The latter has local/fusion/New Orleans cuisine almost as an also-ran to the 100+ Belgian beers, dozen or so top-of-the-range Scottish beers from Brewdog and local Highlanders, and the 230+ single malts and 100-ish wine list. Dark but atmospheric, family-run, small-town Scottish Hotelette with big stoves in winter and year-round cosiness. Virtually empty from January to April and closed for four weeks in Nov-early Dec. Miles off the beaten track you will love the fact that someone told you about it.
maltandhops (1) Paris, France | September 30, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This pub is a great place with great atmosphere. The whisky bar has a great selection of malts (around 250) and the beer selection is good too.
Good belgian beer on bottles. Real ales from the uk. Anchor ale, Tripel Karmelit on tap.
The American owner is a great fan of malts and beers. Itís great to speak to him around a glass.
This is THE pub to go to if youíre in the Highlands!
hophop (11) , Scotland | May 14, 2010| Updated May 29, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Re-rate 2013. Run by a talented American couple, the Anderson is a great place to stay, have a meal or enjoy a few drinks, or all 3. The beer selection now includes the likes of Mikkelller alongside a rotating array of British cask ales and some craft keg offerings. Jim a genuine beer geek and isnít adverse to a nerdy beer conversation. Whisky selection is also pretty good. This is surely the best pub in the Highlands and one of the best in the UK.
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