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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Striking modern Scottish cookery in a coastal hamlet

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Blink, and you’d miss the tiny coastal hamlet of Inverkeilor, were it not for for the discreet restaurant with rooms along the high street that has established the village on the map of gastronomic destinations. Thanks to the Watsons family's efforts over 30-odd years, the place ticks all the boxes for a food-and-sea-themed getaway, with boutique rooms and a beamed and stone-walled dining room making an inviting prospect with its contemporary good looks. These days, Gordon’s son Garry Watson heads up the kitchen side of things, keeping all-comers on side with his precise modern Scottish cooking. The drill is a fixed-price menu of four courses at dinner, opening with Isle of Skye scallops, say, with pea purée, duck ham and an aromatic dressing of curry spices to bring it all together. An intermediate soup course offers the likes of smoked red pepper and tomato velouté, then mains might showcase Angus beef fillet partnered by artichoke and truffle ravioli, bacon jam, hay-baked celeriac and Rioja jus. Finish with pistachio crème brûlée lifted with rhubarb compôte and mascarpone sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: January
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Saturday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday (in winter)
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 1.45
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Garry Watson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 33
  • Wines over £30: 11
  • Wines by the glass: 5

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £35
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 24
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 8
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

From A92 exit at signs for Inverkeilor (between Arbroath and Montrose).

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Arbroath
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