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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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Astonishing culinary intricacy in a restored Georgian manor

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At a glance

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

Boath House offers a taste of aristocratic life: the porticoed front door opens onto a plush interior of deep sofas, antiques and paintings and sculptures, and there are 22 acres of pretty gardens, pristine lawns, wild woodland, a trout lake and walled gardens. Don and Wendy Matheson restored it in the 1990s, making it one of Scotland's finest dining destinations, with Charlie Lockley at the stoves combining the very best regional produce with foraged ingredients and the seasonal bounty supplied by the walled garden and the orchards. Things get off the blocks with canapés in the elegant lounge. The circular dining room, like everywhere else, is pretty classy: French doors look out over the lawn to the lake, and the spaces has a contemporary feel. Lockley's cooking is thrillingly contemporary, and the technical skill on show is impressive. Daily-changing fixed-price lunch and dinner menus come in three- or six-course options (there's a bargain two-course deal at lunch) whose tight-lipped descriptions belie the labour-intensive results. Opening the show might be a sweet parsnip soup with parsnip crisps and spiced oil, a gentle overture to a dish of lamb with parsley root and mint that sings with clear natural flavours and clever contrasts. Next up is a seafood course with langoustine, amaranth and hazelnut, while local game could show up as red deer with salsify and truffle. Sweet courses might include nutmeg custard served with quince and mandarin, or an impressive composition involving chocolate, pistachio and tonka bean. Excellent cheeses come with interesting accompaniments - perhaps Lanark Blue served with plum pudding, or Morangie brie with quince.

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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: 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 from: 24
  • 3-course lunch from: 30
  • 3-course dinner from: 45
  • Tasting menu from: 70
  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • 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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Three-course lunch from£30**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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