The very heart of Fortingall – the Friday night home to local farmers, gamekeepers, musicians, artists, architects, lawyers and hardworking country folk – a great mix without any snobbery. After all, we are “a’ Jock Tamson’s Bairns”! Hotel guests, with or without dogs, are welcome and made to feel at home – all enjoy Katy and her band of talented musicians. Anyone can get up to sing or borrow an instrument and play – the atmosphere is very relaxed. Friday nights often spill over to Saturdays as well – especially in the Summer months. Watch out for the Live Music banner.
The Ewe Bar features a large, open, log and peat fire which is hardly ever out during the winter months. There are pictures and photographs of Fortingall, the hotel, the glen and the yew tree, as well as old menus and Scottish pub memorabilia. Freddie our Victorian “fox in a box” looks down on the proceedings with great interest. He is, after all, a wily Glen Lyon fox.
Lunches and suppers are very popular in the Ewe Bar, so booking ahead is recommended throughout the year. You can eat from the Fortingall Bistro Menu or opt for the Restaurant Menu, which is changed on a daily basis. There is a wide range of malts – we usually stock the Classic Twelve as well as a range of Dewar’s very fine aged whiskies, and there is always a bottle of Talisker to hand – Robbie’s favourite tipple. We have one draught real ale – Timothy Taylor’s Landlord – much loved by the locals. There is also a wide choice of bottled beers – Scottish and international. Then there is Robbie’s home brewed cider and wine – definitely not for drivers!! Always take your cider with a pickled egg and crisps – that’s the Fortingall way. Or, if you drink it with your meal, it is really tasty with pork.