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Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa

Foss Road, PITLOCHRY, PH16 5ND

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With its conical corner turret and handsome gables, this magical, castellated pile of reddish stone wouldn't look out of place in a film adaptation of a Sir Walter Scott novel. Built around a core of sweeping staircases and panelled interiors, Fonab's refurbishment has conjured a contemporary country-house hotel and spa from the place, with glassed-in views over Loch Faskally from both the Brasserie and the upmarket restaurant Sandemans, named in honour of the port-shipping family who once lived here. Chef Paul Burns' culinary style suits the setting with its strikingly modern approach, creating dishes that are full of bold combinations but avoiding flamboyance. A six-course tasting menu, with optional wine matches, offers a wide-ranging tour of Burns' abilities. An appetiser may lead may lead on to ham hock tian, celeriac remoulade, apple, quail egg, caper and a Sandeman's Amontillado gel. Then the main business arrives in the form of a perfectly poached and roasted beef fillet, shoulder blade beignet, chervil root puree, salsify and fondant potato. You might then move on to a dazzling dessert of Valrhona chocolate tart with salted caramel ice cream and textures of chocolate and coffee.

Further information

Tel: 01796 470140
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern Scottish
Chef: Paul Burns
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £19.95
3 Course lunch from: £25.95
3 Course dinner from: £40.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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Pitlochry A9 take Foss Rd junct. Hotel 1st on left
Nearest station: Pitlochry

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