Millie and I are always on the hunt for dog-friendly places to eat in Angus. Actually, I probably should be a little more honest! I’m always on the hunt for great food and Millie just loves to go somewhere new to explore and be fussed over ;0).
So when we attended an Angus Tourism Cooperative event last year and met Gail Forbes, we were thrilled to hear that Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort not only had dog-friendly lodges, but their Cairn O Mount bar was dog friendly too. Rumour had it the food was pretty good too, so off we went to investigate!
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort (Reviewed):
Having celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015, Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort really does help you feel like you’ve stepped away from your busy life. Even though it’s just a few minutes’ drive from the A92.
The resort itself boasts a golf course, fishing, dining, weddings, events and luxury self-catering holidays in a stunning setting. And yep, there are dog-friendly lodges within that list too!
How to Get to Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort:
The simplest way is to pop the postcode (DD5 3RD) into your sat nav, however, if you are familiar with Dobbies Garden Centre, just outside Monifieth on the A92, you’ll find some great signposting leading you to the resort.
Heading towards Dundee, you’ll be directed right onto a road that runs up beside the retail park. At the end of this road, you’ll need to take a right (signposted) then the first left.
After a few bends, you’ll spot Kingennie House and then the resort is clearly signposted on your right-hand side. Follow this road and you’ll find plenty of car parking in two separate car parks on the right-hand side.
Cairn O’Mount Bar
Within the resort itself, you can eat in the Waterside Restaurant, Cairn O’Mount bar or arrange private dining. However, it is only the Cairn O’Mount bar and the timber decked terrace which are dog-friendly.
But wait. I promise that you won’t be disappointed! The Cairn O’Mount bar and outside terrace are by far my favourite places in the resort and is open 7 days a week.
They are cosy but spacious and welcoming.
This is down to the thought and care that’s gone into the décor, particularly the stunning enclosed firepits that you’ll find in both. With clear nods to Scottish heritage, you’ll spot Harris Tweed Lampshades with gorgeous maps on the interior of the lampshade and this flows into the comfortable Harris Tweed backed leather chairs.
I love sinking into one of the three booths that they have filled with fab oversized cushions. I find that they are the perfect spot when you have your furiend with you as they can feel they have their own space under the tables and out of the way of anyone walking by.
While Millie and I opted to have lunch on our first visit, you’ll also find you can pop by for breakfast and dinner too*. We didn’t need to make a reservation, but at weekends and during peak times, you may wish to book ahead via their fab online booking tool HERE. You’ll also find details of their events and offers on their website too.
*Note throughout November, January and February last orders for food is at 7pm, and the bar closes at 9 pm Monday-Wednesday.
Ooooh where do I start!?!?!?
Comforting, warm, yummy and…… GONE ;0)
I guess the first thing to say, is that the menu choice didn’t feel too overwhelming. Just the right amount of options for you to spot something you’ll love but not spend forever choosing! You could easily see how they’ve incorporated fresh local produce alongside homegrown produce from the Forbes family farm too.
It was cold and grey day so the Kingennie Beef and Ale Pie won me over, followed by one scrumptious Sticky Toffee Pudding (Yummmmmmmie!). The food arrived quickly enough that we weren’t left starving but not too quick (you know that pop in a microwave type quickness). Beautifully presented and it all tasted as good as it looks.
Main courses start at around the £10 mark up to £13 and you’ll find that there is a great 2 and 3-course special offer Monday-Thursday and up to 5 pm on a Thursday.
I’ve also eaten in the Cairn O’Mount bar on a few occasions since our first visit. You HAVE to try the Kingennie Cajun Chicken Burger with sweet potato fries. If you love spicy food then this is the chicken burger for you!
It’s All About the Dogs!
The Forbes team really have excelled themselves in ensuring your pooch feels welcomed. As you walk into the bar on the left-hand side you’ll find a brand new Pampered Pooch Station. Poo bags, treats, water and water bowls. They’ve really thought about the design and styling of this area too.
I absolutely love this as it means you can help yourself, whenever you need a refresh and you immediately feel welcomed.
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Millie’s Top Tip
If the hoomans are getting to spoil themselves with fab food, then it’s only right that we are allowed some walks beforehand right? So I’d recommend persuading your hoomans to check out one of the three fab routes that the Forbes team have carefully mapped out.
So, are Forbes of Kingennie REALLY Dog -Friendly?
We’ve all been there. A business advertises that they are dog-friendly and when you arrive you quickly realise they are really just dog-tolerant. It’s like they have realised being dog-friendly brings in business but they aren’t truly passionate about it. They may even have gone as far as Forbes of Kingennie and offer water and treats but it’s you still feel like they don’t really want you there or are treated differently depending on who’s working that day!
Having visited Forbes of Kingennie on several occasions this year, with and without Millie, being dog-friendly is not just a gimmick to the team. All of the team are comfortable around dogs and often spot them sneaking off for cuddles with any furry guests that day.
And when a venue goes to the effort of hosting it’s very own Dog Open Day, helping lead the Dog Friendly Angus campaign and promoting the ability to have your dog at your wedding ceremony, you are in good hands! It’s a big paws up from Millie and from me.
- Millie’s Guide to Carnoustie: Dog-Friendly Places to Eat in Carnoustie
- Dog-Friendly Bar in Dundee: The Wine Press
- Millie’s Guide to Carnoustie: Dog-Friendly Accommodation in Carnoustie
We’d love to hear if you have been to visit Forbes of Kingennie yourself and feel free to spam us with any photos! You can tag us on Instagram @milliepsetservices or via the @dogfriendlyangus account too.
You can find more information about Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort via their:
Note: Millie and I were lucky enough to be invited for our lunch by the Forbes of Kingennie team, though this blog and all opinions in it are our own. If you’d like more information on how to work with us, head over to our “Work with Us” page HERE.
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