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AA Notable Wine List 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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Polished Highland cooking from a long-serving chef

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Don and Wendy Matheson call their place on the Moray Firth coast a restaurant with rooms, which slightly undersells its innate grandeur. It's an A-grade Georgian mansion with portico entrance, rescued assiduously from a state of ruination, and sitting in beautifully maintained expansive gardens. Both house and grounds are adorned with contemporary works by Highlands and Islands artists in a constantly updated rolling exhibition, and the crockery and furniture for the attractive dining room with its full-length windows are also the bespoke productions of Highland craftspeople. It comes as no surprise then to find that regional food heroes feature strongly on menus that incorporate wild foragings, together with gleanings from Boath's kitchen gardens and beehives, in a modern Scottish style that scores many a hit. Charlie Lockley has been here for nigh on 20 years, a record that shows up eloquently in the highly polished cooking. The drill for dinner is either three or six courses, the former perhaps offering mackerel and cucumber in verjus, followed by beef fillet with beetroot and nasturtiums, and a dessert that mobilises a Caribbean array of coconut, pineapple and rum, the latter adding introductory courses like potato, wild garlic and buttermilk, and chicken liver with rhubarb and yeast, to the mix, as well as a cheese course that might be truffled Connage Brie, a soft cow's milk cheese from near Inverness, with sourdough bread. A stunning wine list, as well as a snug that is copiously equipped with both fine single malts and Scottish gins, only add to the appeal.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: close

Chef

  • Chef: Charles Lockley

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 120
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from24
  • 3-course lunch from30
  • 3-course dinner from45
  • Tasting menu from70
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 3
  • Accessible toilets

Facilities

  • Seats: 28
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 28
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10

Getting here

2 miles east of Nairn on A96 (Inverness to Aberdeen road)

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