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Glenapp Castle


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Round the final corner of the long, narrow driveway and witness the true majesty of the Scottish baronial-style castle, with its battlements and towers, manicured and tiered gardens creating a stunning backdrop. The opulent interior meets all expectations too, with large, high-ceilinged lounges and the dining room done out in rich reds, thick carpeting feeling like cushions underfoot. Tyron Ellul is a master of the art of the modern country-house style, his gently innovative ideas arousing interest without going too far. Timings and seasoning are spot on, and high-end ingredients are the norm. A set six-course dinner menu is the formula, with no choice before the main course. A soup - perhaps garlicky potato velouté with a quail's egg - normally kicks off before something like smoked ham hough 'sausage roll' with piccalilli. Something fishy follows: crisp-skinned seared fillet of sea bass with salade Niçoise, say. The main event could well be honey-basted duck breast, nicely pink, on a smear of date purée with a pastry parcel of confit leg. A pre-dessert precedes the real McCoy, which could be chocolate ganache atop a slab of chocolate in a comb pattern with a scoop of smooth milk ice cream, the plate dotted with salted caramel.

Further information

Tel: 01465 831212
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Tyron Ellul
Number of seats: 34
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 5 yrs.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £29.50
Sunday lunch: £29.50-£39.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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Use the route planner for your trip

S through Ballantrae, cross bridge over River Stinchar, 1st right, castle gates in 1m; use entry system
Nearest station: Girvan

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