The Anderson is not your average B&B. It's more like staying at the home of one of your talented, artistic couple of friends, one that has an encyclopedic knowledge of beer and whisky and the other that can cook a meal that will astound your taste buds.
The vibe here is comfortable, the decor eclectic, the rooms unique. This is not a sanitized, brand new whitewashed hotel but much more like a good friends' well-lived in home. This may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you value congenial hosts, great food and amazing drink over a spotless, sterile room, then this is your place. There's a friendly pub, a whisky bar with wood burning stove, and a fair sized restaurant/dining room within. Comfortable beds, friendly staff, what more do you need?
Jim is an ex-pat American who played a significant role in the craft beer renaissance in Philadelphia back in the 80's, hence his amazing knowledge of beer and scotch. You never know what beers will be on tap in the pub but there's sure to be something interesting there that you have never heard of before. Jim works very hard to find an amazing variety of kegs from all over the world. If that isn't enough, the huge range of bottled beers available will cure the most jaded palate of any beer connoisseur. Then of course, there's the whisky. Over 230 single malts at last count. Yeah, wow. Choose one, choose a 'flight', or trust Jim to pick out a set for you if you're up for the challenge. Any way you cut it, this place this heaven for lovers of all things derived from malted barley.
Then there's Jim's wife Anne, wow, what a chef. She is committed to sourcing local ingredients and with their location in the Black Isle there is a lot to choose from. Breakfasts are hearty and by all means, do yourself a favor and book dinner here as well. The range of menu items is broad enough so that all palates can find something to please them. The food is all beautifully prepared and really showcases the fresh local flavors. On top of that the food is all moderately priced, especially considering the quality of the cooking. The wine list will never be as extensive as the beer list but there is enough there to suit most tastes and all are again moderately priced.
This was our second stay here in the past few years, this time being the occasion of my wife's 50th birthday and we couldn't have picked a more congenial place to celebrate it. If you love good food, good beer, good whisky, and comfortable surroundings to enjoy them in, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place to stay in the area.
Some top level rooms can be a bit noisy early in the morning as the seagulls are quite loud and like...
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