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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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A new modernist lease of life for an old stager

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Wines by the glass
Credit cards accepted

The old stager was relaunched in 2014 under the aegis of local chef Billy Boyter and family, and long may it reign anew. It may once have been a cooperage, a smokehouse and a store for fishing tackle, but for the past four decades it's been a destination restaurant. The ambience could hardly be more rustic, with beamed ceilings, massive stone walls and friendly staff contributing substantially to its appeal, while Boyter's unabashed modernist food has given the old place a new lease on life. Seven-course tasting menus are very much what today's diners expect to see, and the seasonally changing format has plenty to ponder. A winter parade begins with smoked haddock and cured egg yolk, before offering a slow-cooked truffled beef cheek in local Anster cheese. Crab in buttermilk and sweetly pickled onion is a canny balance of flavours, and a scallop in smoked bacon dashi stock and sesame brings the east Asian note. Main meat might be Black Isle hogget with cabbage, pickled apple and yogurt, and the finale arrives in the form of a triumphant assemblage of chocolate cream with Jerusalem artichoke purée, hazelnuts and calamansi. The Cellar has always been good at wine, and the imaginative pairings to go with each course are well worth signing up for.<

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January, 3 weeks in January, 1 week in May, 10 days in September
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Billy Boyter

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 12
  • Wines over £30: 54
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair: 3
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 28
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 28

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Behind Scottish Fisheries Museum

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