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Main Street, INVERKEILOR, DD11 5RN

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If it was once the fate of Inverkeilor to be overlooked by travellers hurtling towards nearby Arbroath, but, over a 30-year period, Gordon and Maria Watson brought it firmly into the Scottish spotlight. Sadly, Gordon passed away in June 2016, but the restaurant remains a fitting testament to his exemplary culinary standards. Set beside peaceful Lunan Bay, this coastal village is home to this warmly relaxing restaurant with rooms, some of the warmth provided by a traditional log burner, the rest by a thoroughly welcoming front-of-house approach. Gordon's son, Garry Watson, oversees the kitchen for a mixture of simple regional and more high-toned classical cooking, and the drill is a fixed-price menu of four courses at dinner, with a silky velouté soup such as carrot and orange with smoked eel often cropping up at second stage. Prior to that, there could be a well-executed twice-baked soufflé of Mull Tobermory cheddar, or a trend-conscious pairing of scallops and crispy chicken wings with Jerusalem artichoke and hazelnuts. For mains, quality Scottish meat and fish is showcased, perhaps in best-end cutlets and confit shoulder of Forfar lamb with minted pea ravioli and butternut squash in tomato jus, or fennel seed-crusted monkfish with spiced couscous. At the close, divine Angus raspberries (whole and in sorbet) almost upstage a wildly rich Valrhona parfait garnished with cocoa nib tuile.  

Further information

Tel: 01241 830364
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Days closed: Mon
Dates closed: Jan
Days closed for lunch: Sat, Tue
Days closed for dinner: Sun (in winter)

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern Scottish
Chef: Garry Watson
Number of seats: 24
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
No children under 12 yrs.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £34.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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From A92 exit at signs for Inverkeilor (between Arbroath & Montrose)
Nearest station: Arbroath

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