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AA Restaurant of the Year (Scotland) 2016-17
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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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Creative ideas and heavenly views

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Pam Brunton and Rob Latimer have made quite a metaphorical splash on the shores of Loch Fyne. Their low-slung whitewashed cottage sits in splendid isolation by the water’s edge, and a well-designed interior spec provides contemporary simplicity tempered by a couple of real fires. A stack of vinyl records provides a cool backing track. If the interior brings to mind the purity of Scandinavian design, well, that is perhaps no coincidence, for Pam’s time spent at Noma in Copenhagen has helped inspire her culinary approach too (check out the cookbooks on show to find further clues). The menu reflects the seasons and the local terroir, and modern cooking techniques enhance the ingredients to maximum affect. Lunch can be Loch Fyne langoustines with sourdough bread, while the evening four-course menu might get going with a heavenly bowl of girolles and potato dumplings, enriched with an egg yolk. Roe deer stars with fresh walnuts and walnut milk, the tender meat concealed under wafer-thin slices of celeriac, with a glorious sweet-sharp hit from some local brambles, or go for cured halibut with lard and cauliflower. To finish, almond cake with greengages and bitter almond custard is a bang on bit of baking. Children have their own wee menu, and the wine list, like everything else here, lifts the spirits.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas and January to February
  • Days closed: Monday and Tuesday (excluding bank holidays)
  • Closed for dinner: Wednesday and Sunday March to June, September to December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Pamela Brunton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 9
  • Wines over £30: 7
  • Wines by the glass: 4

Price guide

  • Starter from: £5.50
  • Main course from11.50
  • Dessert from: £5.50
  • Tasting menu from: £46
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20

Getting here

A83, at Cairndow take A815. In Strachur right onto A886. After 2 miles right onto B8000. Restaurant is signed

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