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Benleva Hotel, Inverness

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Drumnadrochit
Drumnadrochit
Postal town: Inverness
IV63 6UH
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Will Larter left this review about Benleva Hotel

This secluded hotel is surrounded by trees on the edge of a housing estate but is signposted from the A82 and quite easy to find. The bar is in an extension round the back of the older building that forms the hotel. What was presumably the original bar is retained as a lounge, with the main public bar in the bigger room added on. A total of seven hand pumps were dispensing five ales and a cider at the time of my visit. Three of the ales are from the Loch Ness brewery, which is based here at the hotel. It uses a two barrel plant but is due to move to a larger facility with the capacity for eight barrels and a bottling plant. Bats holding three one-third pint glasses are available for the same price as a pint (£2.80) for those who want to experiment.

The three Loch Ness beers on were Loch Ness itself, an 80/-, plus Hoppy Ness and Dark Ness. The latter was a very tasty stout. Guests were from Fyne and Isle of Skye. During conversation with one of the brewers I was offered tasters of all the other beers on the bar and a lively conversation ensued. The beer festival due to take place between 21st and 29th September will feature 60 or more ales and ciders; what a pity I'll be 400 miles away.

On 14th September 2012 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about Benleva Hotel

The Benleva is well hidden on an estate near Loch Ness, and appears a little nondescript from the outside, but inside it is pure gold. It is a regualr entry in GBG and is famousd for its beer festivals - it is regrettable that I am not here for the next one next month. The food is basic and good value, but I haven't stayed here so can't comment on the accommodation. The interior is a little worn and basic, but that really isn't an issue - it adds to the ambience. The staff are very welcoming indeed and highly knowledgeable, and beer is abviously important to them. Four ales and a cideron this visit. I had an exceptionally good pint of An Teallach but sadly had to move on. This pub is a must when visiting The Great Glen and I really regret that I can't come back more often.

On 26th August 2010 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by E TA
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Latest updates View all updates for Benleva Hotel, Drumnadrochit
8th Aug 2017, 15:39
Request to mark pub as open by ROB Camra approved
 
8th Aug 2017, 15:39
Request to mark pub as open submitted by ROB Camra, with included notes: Reopened under new management

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - Discount withdrawn - last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes - 1st & 3rd Wednesday - Folk - last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 August 2017 by ROB Camra
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