Beautifully furnished inn with genuinely welcoming, helpful staff and interesting food; lovely bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This charming 19th-c Perthshire inn is situated just beyond a spectacular 275-year-old beech hedge ' the tallest in the world, no less (it was trimmed in 2019 for the first time in 20 years). The bar area has high chairs by the counter, painted chairs and sage green tweed banquettes by pale oak tables on flagstones, tree-pattern wallpapered or stone walls and a two-way woodburning stove; board games and background music. Ales include The Lure of Meikleour (from the Strathbraan Brewery), plus changing guests such as Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Strathbraan Head East, a thoughtfully chosen wine list with 11 wines by the glass and a 'wine of the month', 20 gins and over 50 malt whiskies. The main dining room is built in the style of a barn, with high rafters in an apex ceiling, wooden tables and chairs on more flagstones, and old family portraits and fly fishing touches on the walls (bare stone or with striking green wallpaper with a leaf and gold key design). There's also a private dining room, a country-style sitting room for residents and a drying room and tackle area for anglers. Seats in the garden and on a small colonnaded verandah (with more on a sloping lawn) have distant highland views. There are 11 elegant bedrooms and five cottages; three of the bedrooms have four-poster beds, and the downstairs rooms have wooden floors and are dog-friendly. It's part of the Meikleour Estate, and there's a lot to see and do nearby, including one of the best salmon beats in Scotland. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
Using produce from the Estate (including venison and fish) and from their walled garden, the good, beautifully presented food includes sandwiches, moules marinière, twice-baked smoked cheddar soufflé with creamed leeks, steak and ale pie, kedgeree with smoked haddock and quail eggs, baked hake loin with tomato and shallot salsa, chargrilled chicken supreme with lemon and garlic marinade and new potatoes, venison steak and mini venison cottage pie, 28-day aged rump steak with a choice of sauce and chips, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding, vanilla crème brûlée with Meikleour shortbread and Scottish cheese, chutney and biscuits.
The Meikleour Arms is a unique small country hotel in Perthshire, at the heart of the conservation village of Meikleour, internationally renowned for its spectacular trees and great salmon fishing while only a short distance away from Perth, Scone Palace and Dunkeld. Built in 1820, it is owned and run by Meikleour Estate, one of the oldest historical estates in East Scotland. The 9 spacious bedrooms and 4 stylish hotel cottages are ideal whether you are looking for a relaxing family holiday, an escape to the country or a sporting trip. The award winning restaurant is proud of its Franco-Scottish heritage and serves superb gastro-pub food incorporating local produce from the estate. The Meikleour Arms can offer salmon fishing on the estate (equipment and tuition provided) as well as golf packages with the Blairgowrie Golf Club.