AA Restaurant of the Year (Scotland) 2019–20

Sugar Boat

About the award

Each year the AA independently inspects hundreds of restaurants across the British Isles. Introduced in 2000, this award recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation and ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality.

Sugar Boat

Sugar Boat

An all-day bistro with real foodie credentials. The name refers to a wreck in the Clyde off Helensburgh. Set on a square in the heart of town, with tables out front and back, Sugar Boat is unassuming at first glance with blue and green tiled frontage and a café like image.

Inside, the design is one of natural colours of earth and sea. A marble-topped bar and viewable kitchen are passed on the way through to the restaurant proper. Interiors combine bare brick, brass finishes, natural materials, wood-panelling and leather banquettes.

Hearty modern cooking features big flavours and an essentially simple approach to treating Scottish produce with care and attention and not a little European flare indeed provenance and seasonality is of the utmost importance here.

Thoroughly seasonal menus feature effective starters like brined and poached ox tongue with pickled oyster mushrooms or a classic country terrine. Mains include a bouillabaisse in a copper basin packed with roasted fish or a simple cod with shrimp grenobloise. In the bar it is about local craft beers, and great spirits – wine is available retail too.

Read more about Sugar Boat at Explore UK.