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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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Pin-sharp modernist cooking on the quayside

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Credit cards accepted

The 17th-century house just off the harbourfront was once a cooperage and a smokehouse so it is fitting that it now houses a destination restaurant run by chef-patron Billy Boyter who’s keen on drying, fermenting, salting and smoking his ingredients. The ambience is rustic-chic, with beamed ceilings, rough stone walls and wood-burning stoves, and friendly staff playing their part in its appeal, while Boyter's intelligent modernist cooking draws the faithful for seven-course tasting menus at dinner (five if you’re in for lunch). A winter workout might include slow-cooked beef cheek with Fearn Abbey cheese and pickled onion, then introduce a hint of the Orient in a plate of local crab with toasted rice, squid and seaweed jelly. Main meat might be red deer matched with pear, chocolate, turnip, peanut and tonka bean, and the finale arrives in the form of an imaginative assemblage of apple and sorrel, bramble, brown butter curd and lemon thyme. The Cellar does wine equally well, and the clever pairings to go with each course are well worth signing up for.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January, 3 weeks January, 1 week May, 10 days 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(s): 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

Additional information

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

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Behind Scottish Fisheries Museum.

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