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Boath House

Auldearn, NAIRN, IV12 5TE

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Boath House offers a taste of aristocratic life: the porticoed front door opens onto a plush interior of deep sofas, antiques and paintings and sculptures, and there are 22 acres of pretty gardens, pristine lawns, wild woodland, a trout lake and walled gardens. Don and Wendy Matheson restored it in the 1990s, making it one of Scotland's finest dining destinations, with Charlie Lockley at the stoves combining the very best regional produce with foraged ingredients and the seasonal bounty supplied by the walled garden and the orchards. Things get off the blocks with canapés in the elegant lounge. The circular dining room, like everywhere else, is pretty classy: French doors look out over the lawn to the lake, and the spaces has a contemporary feel. Lockley's cooking is thrillingly contemporary, and the technical skill on show is impressive. Daily-changing fixed-price lunch and dinner menus come in three- or six-course options (there's a bargain two-course deal at lunch) whose tight-lipped descriptions belie the labour-intensive results. Opening the show might be a sweet parsnip soup with parsnip crisps and spiced oil, a gentle overture to a dish of lamb with parsley root and mint that sings with clear natural flavours and clever contrasts. Next up is a seafood course with langoustine, amaranth and hazelnut, while local game could show up as red deer with salsify and truffle. Sweet courses might include nutmeg custard served with quince and mandarin, or an impressive composition involving chocolate, pistachio and tonka bean. Excellent cheeses come with interesting accompaniments - perhaps Lanark Blue served with plum pudding, or Morangie brie with quince.

Further information

Tel: 01667 454896
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Charles Lockley
Number of seats: 28
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 3
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

Sunday lunch: £24.00-£30.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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2m E of Nairn on A96 (Inverness to Aberdeen road)
Nearest station: Nairn

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