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Knockinaam Lodge

AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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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Scottish country-house cooking in historic setting

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At a glance

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

Not too far to drive from Stranraer, Knockinaam is nonetheless ensconced in such joyous isolation that you'll need to negotiate a single-track road to get here. Churchill and Eisenhower once met here to plot a course towards the postwar world, and doubtless enjoyed the 30 luxuriant acres and private shingle beach to which the former hunting lodge lays claim. The kitchen, meanwhile, lays claim to the hugely experienced talent of Tony Pierce, whose carefully considered, finely crafted Scottish country-house cooking continues to win converts. The dinner format is a four-course set menu that changes every day. A spring evening might open with grilled salted monkfish in a rich béarnaise, before proceeding to the intermediate soup course, perhaps creamed celeriac garnished with crisp pancetta. Lochmaben roe deer is much favoured for main, and rightly so, its majestic roast loin crusted in brioche and thyme, and served with potato gaufrette and salt-baked celeriac in a juniper-scented reduction of port. At the end comes the only moment of choice: will it be mature British and French cheeses with walnut and sultana bread, or a dessert such as poached plums with cardamom pannacotta and honeycomb? Eight house wines head up a list that casts its net wide, but is particularly strong in the French classics.

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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(s): 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 follow tourist signs to Knockinaam Lodge

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