We were met by the owner of the Hotel who bid us a hearty welcome and we were shown to our room. Room 7 had been recently refurbished and I must say it looked very well indeed. After a short shirt refresh it felt like we needed a beer. Luckily the hotel has also a bar, a pub, a restaurant and an outside terrace. What more could we possibly need.
A bar and a pub? Yes a bar and a pub. The hotel bar is only separated from the "next door" pub by one wall and a door, which is in the one door. Same personnel works both places! Very convenient setup!!
|At the bar of the pub.|
|In the restaurant|
On to the bar, on this side of the wall, so not the pub. You will get it when (not if) you go visit. This is where me met Keith, one of the staff. I think we ordered coffee or something. Doesn't matter what we ordered but we got to talk to a guy from New Zealand who was visiting Italy for a ICT programmer kinda conference but had decided to take a wee detour to Islay. That is some detour dude! Excellent bloke. Excellent conversation. The first of many excellent folk we would meet at the bar.
I had gotten my 200 ml bottle of laddiemp4 and was about to find the Bruichladdich youtube steam only to find out the internet was, let just say, not performing that well. We would not be able to see the stream any more than Bruichladdich would be able to upload it. The same internet glitch hit us. (We found this out the next day) So we had to do a tasting without the guidance of Adam Hannett. Ah well. Lets do it!
|Bruichladdich LaddieMP4, cask 16-062|
We had been up since 4:15 am and were knackered. So we turned in at 20:30, which felt like 3 am to us. Slept like babies only to wake at 6:00 am. Day two had begun.
Just before going on to the next blog I would like to mention the excellent charity started by Ben Bowens for a children's heart surgery Hospital. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adramaday