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Knockinaam Lodge

AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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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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Well-judged, classically-based cooking in splendid Galloway isolation

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

When you're after that elusive away-from-it-all experience, Knockinaam Lodge fits the bill like few other places around the UK. The drive along the single-track lane through beautiful countryside helps to create a sense of anticipation before the former Victorian hunting lodge comes into view. Set in 30 acres of lush grounds, the place has its own private pebble beach and views across to Ireland on a fine day. It's so out-of-the way that Churchill and Eisenhower met here secretly during WWII. Kick off with canapés and a snifter in one of the lounges before heading into the genteel, traditional dining room, where the no-choice daily menu begins with an amuse-bouche of rich devilled kidney. The kitchen's modern Scottish repertoire delivers grilled fillet of halibut with pickled fennel and an orange and coriander reduction, followed by hazelnut-crusted roast loin of Lochmaben roe deer with spiced carrot purée, baked baby beetroot and juniper, thyme and port sauce. Cappuccino of leek and thyme with truffle oil might intervene between starter and main course, and a trenchant lime sorbet paves the way for a finale of caramel pannacotta with poached William pears and honeycomb. At the end, log fires and an oak-panelled bar stocked with more than 120 malts await.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.15
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef: Anthony Pierce

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 350
  • Wines by the glass: 8

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1


  • Seats: 32
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 32
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18

Getting here

From A77, follow signs to Portpatrick, then tourist signs to Knockinaam Lodge

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