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Islay Frigate Hotel

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
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Updated 10/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$4 - US$41
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish, Grill
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for one night. V clean, good covid precautions. Comfortable bed, good breakfast next morning, friendly staff. Only negatives we're bar v noisy and WiFi did not reach bedroom at all

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 20 August 2021

Most amazing stay at islay frigate hotel, staff were amazing and so friendly , the hotel and room was immaculate , staff made me feel so welcome , will definitely be back.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 3 June 2021

Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. Friendly staff. But the accommodation is not the best dirty in places. Bathroom shower hose could do with a clean or replaced. Bed was not comfortable mattress has seen better days. Could not get wifi in the room....Accommodation is over priced very dated rooms.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 4 November 2020

Excellent food and services was amazing! Really looked after us and gave our dog lots of attention will definitely recommend to anyone we know visiting these parts 👌🏻

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 20 October 2020

Staying in Tarbert, we found the restaurants get booked up very quickly. The same was true for this place so we took a chance, arrived a little later on and sat outside on the lovely terrace. Weather was quite warm fortunately. The menu is extensive...and the choice of drinks too. The three of us ordered different starters and mains and really enjoyed everything. The staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Give this place a try and you wont be disappointed.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 30 September 2020

very friendly staff the woman behind ber was run of her feet she done a great job,locals were a good laugh, good time enjoyed our drinks

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 13 September 2020 via mobile

We popped in here for a bite to eat and a drink at the start of our tour of the Scottish Highlands. Looks like a pretty average pub from the outside but the food & service exceeded our expectations! We found it very warm &...welcoming, great selection of drinks (we had some lovely local ale), lovely helpful staff and the food was top notch - really fresh & home cooked, presented very nicely too. Great little place!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Staceymcx1, General Manager at Islay Frigate Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, so glad you enjoyed our ale and food we take great pride in our food using fresh and local ingredients we have a very talented chef. Hopefully we will see you again...More

Reviewed 2 September 2020

Four of us ventured into the Isley Frigate for food on Monday evening, for myself I had a starter of tempura prawns followed up with a classic chicken burger both courses were very good, others in the party had a wide variety from the main...menu and the specials options. I can honestly say everyone in the party were delighted with everything we were served. There is a reasonable stock of wine to choose from and we had a very nice bottle recommend by the owner Marion. Service was very good and I would recommend that if you are in this part of the world you could a lot worse than giving the Isley Frigate a tryMore

Date of visit: August 2020
Staceymcx1, General Manager at Islay Frigate Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2020

Hi John Thank you so much for your wonderful review we are so glad you enjoyed your meal. We have a wonderful chef who cooks only with local and fresh ingredients we are very proud of our team hopefully we will see you again soon....More

Reviewed 4 August 2020

My husband and I stayed here for 1 night at the end of July with our 2 boys and had a lovely stay. Before we even arrived, Stacey was very helpful with all my messages requesting a certain table set up for my son who...has autism. When we arrived, check in was very straight forward and we were made to feel very welcome. We stayed in the 5 sisters family room which although compact, was perfect for what we needed. It was also the only hotel in Tarbert which could accommodate a family room of 4. When we entered the bar for a quick drink before dinner, again we were made to feel very welcome. I was then taken through to the dining room to ensure the table was suitable for our son. Once we were seated, as we were the only guests eating so early, the TV was put on and we were asked what channel our son would like to help put him more at ease, nothing was a bother. Dinner itself was delicious and very good value for money; all clear plates sent back to the kitchen. I would recommend the smoked haddock starter: the fish was fresh and very tasty. The beds were comfortable and we all had a good night sleep. Breakfast, like dinner was delicious. Overall a very good experience of the Islay Frigate. All COVID requirements were adhered to, social distancing, hand washing and there was hand sanitiser available everywhere we looked. We felt very safe! Our only gripe is they were fully booked the following night and we couldn't stay for longer. Will definitely return!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Meander57148832447, General Manager at Islay Frigate Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2020

Hi Aileen Thank you so much for your wonderful review we are glad you had a good time and felt comfortable hopefully we will see you and your family again soon :) Thanks Stacey

Reviewed 24 February 2020

I seemed to upset the barmaid from the start - nothing could be done to retrieve the situation - the customer is obviously not always right at the Islay Frigate. The bar food was actually very good but I had to cancel my room reservation...because of the very aggressive and intimidating attitude of the young barmaid - she was the niece of the owner and obviously on a power trip! Never again!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Staceymcx1, General Manager at Islay Frigate Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2020

Hi Brian thank you for your review we always accept constructive criticism, although I think you left out a lot of details here and failed to mention them so il remind you, you walked in the door of our bar and your first words to...More

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Yes, Islay Frigate Hotel is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Islay Frigate Hotel is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5