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Eating out for Christmas ensures sell out success for Loch Lomond Arms Hotel

The growing trend for increasing numbers of us to eat out on Christmas Day was aptly demonstrated at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in Luss. Almost 100 guests were served not just turkey with all the trimmings, but an innovative menu that offered a choice of the best locally sourced food and secured the sell-out success of the restaurant's first Christmas.

When The Taste of the Nation* survey issued its findings last year, it highlighted the growing trend for today’s consumers to eat out as never before. Despite continued economic challenges, the average UK consumer eats out about 198 times per year and Christmas is clearly no exception.

A recent report from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) seems to support this trend, as it showed that working on Christmas Day in the UK has increased by 78 per cent over the last eight years, with significant numbers of those, some 14,000 people, employed within hospitality and catering.

Alastair Borland, general manager of the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better response to mark our first Christmas, having only opened the hotel in late summer. 

“The increase in bookings made to dine out on Christmas Day could be down to a desire to enjoy the luxury of dining out while at the same time benefiting from the comfort of homely surroundings. That’s exactly what we're able to provide at the Loch Lomond Arms. Our restaurant areas include open fires and tastefully subdued interiors, creating an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation. 

“Eating out also gives everyone the chance to take time out from what can be a hectic few months in the run up to Christmas, including the stress of having to prepare a large meal. Once guests have had their Christmas dinner with us, they have the option to relax in the bar or head home.

“I think it’s this element of flexibility that appeals to guests and probably helps make for a more restful day overall, allowing them to simply enjoy the celebration.”

Surrounded by the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park in the lovely village of Luss – the hotel provides 14 exquisitely designed en-suite bedrooms, and a traditional styled bar and restaurant serving up some of the best freshly prepared food in the area. The Inchconnachan Suite situated in the hotel gardens, caters for up to 200 guests, has a state-of the-art projector screen and microphone links, allowing this to be a multipurpose venue for a range of events.

Only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and even closer to Glasgow International Airport, the hotel has quickly cemented a reputation that can take many within the industry years to attain, both with the local market and with those from further afield.

There are several whisky distilleries and a local brewery within easy reach of the hotel. Also nearby is Lomond Shores, one of Scotland’s most spectacular shopping and leisure destinations.

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