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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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Dynamic, stimulating cooking with loch views

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At a glance

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

A hotel since 1869, the Lovat has been run by the Gregory family for the past 12 years and it remains a landmark hotel in the Highlands. Located a brisk uphill walk from the southern end of Loch Ness, the Lovat offers stylish accommodation but it has retained much of the building's Victorian appeal. Whether you choose the brasserie or Station Road Restaurant, you can be sure of some gastronomic fireworks along the way. Chef Sean Kelly is a master of ambitious and innovative cooking, but it's all executed with a degree of playfulness. The hotel's environmentally friendly ethos extends to the kitchen, where food miles and provenance are taken very seriously. With views over the loch, the oak-panelled dining room provides a refined setting for dynamic food delivered via a five-course tasting menu (including a vegetarian version). The menu descriptions are terse and often cryptic but the presentation of each dish is designed to excite and surprise. An amuse-bouche of duck liver, beetroot and muesli might kick things off before a starter of seafood carbonara. A main course of Highland beef might make way for a spirited dessert of garden rhubarb, lemon and toast. A closing 'Kinder Surprise' displays solid technical skills.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday (November to March)
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef: Sean Kelly

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 35
  • Wines over £30: 25
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 24
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 24
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50

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On A82 between Fort William and Inverness

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