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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

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

Thanks to the Watsons family's efforts over 30-odd years, the sleepy coastal hamlet of Inverkeilor is firmly established on the map of culinary destinations. The place is hard to miss on the quiet high street, and once inside, the contemporary look in the intimate beamed and stone-walled dining room makes a strong first impression. These days, Gordon’s son Garry Watson takes care of the kitchen side of things, keeping the local fan base happy with his high-definition modern Scottish cooking. The drill is a fixed-price menu of four courses at dinner, opening with sea bream céviche, say, with mango, coconut and a bracing dressing of pomegranate to bring it all together. An intermediate soup course offers the silky charms of artichoke, cauliflower and Isle of Skye scallop velouté, then mains might showcase loin of wild Scottish venison partnered by purple cabbage, shallot Tatin, beetroot and carrot pureé, and juniper sauce. Fishy compositions could bring North Sea turbot with a well-balanced array of chargrilled sweetcorn, crispy chicken wings, mushroom pureé and burnt cabbage. At the end, Valrhona's finest provides the wherewithal for a lush chocolate moelleux, the feel good factor boosted further by salted caramel ice cream and balanced by the fruitiness of pear poached in red wine syrup.

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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(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

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


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

Additional information

  • Seats: 24
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 8

Getting here

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

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