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The Three Chimneys & The House Over-By

AA Food Service Award 2017-18
AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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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Exceptional cooking in a wild, romantic setting

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Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Don't be fooled into thinking as you traverse the Skye Bridge that you're nearly there. It's another good hour's drive, the last five miles or so by single-track road (or the B884, to give it its full dignity). Eddie and Shirley Spear's restaurant with rooms by Loch Dunvegan is one of the most isolated addresses an AA inspector visits, and there’s nary anything like a village around. Inside the whitewashed cottage, next door to which ('over by') is the accommodation building, a number of small, low-ceilinged rooms with exposed stone walls succeed each other, polished dark wood floors matched by simply set tables with black slate place mats. The service tone is surprisingly fairly formal, but in a way that adds to the specialness, indeed the romance, of the whole experience. As the years have passed, the culinary style has become noticeably more complex, still firmly rooted in its island environment naturally, but with the distinctly ambitious air that Scott Davies has brought to the production. It would be a major mistake not to take in some seafood, and it makes the perfect opener in a dish such as Mallaig cod steamed in white miso, paired with seared Sconser scallops, with onion variations – caramelised, spring onions, rings, seeds – in light dashi broth. Alternatively, you might begin with local crab and scorched langoustines with pickled mussels, puffed wild rice, brown crab ketchup and apple. Main courses deliver impeccably sourced meats, such as the Orbost Soay lamb, incorporating portions of the loin, shoulder, belly and rib, together with a superlative haggis, offset with the sweetness of charcoal-roasted beetroot, good greens and a sweet-sour bramble wine sauce. Or there may be poached and roasted Gartmorn duck with rhubarb and spring onion in a classic orange sauce with coriander seeds. Autumn fruits are the building blocks of seasonal desserts like plum and orange cheesecake with plums (poached and a sorbet), chocolate sponge, chestnuts and oats, and heather honey is a matchless regional speciality, made into a parfait alongside its honeycomb, roasted figs and a black sesame tuile. The eight-course taster will be a strong temptation, especially given that you may not be here again for a good while. It may proceed from langoustines with smoked cod's roe in carrot emulsion all the way to baked apple with a doughnut, cider cream and black-peppered crumble. The splendid wine list is under the care of an admirably well-versed sommelier.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 16 December to 18 January
  • Closed for lunch: 30 November to 16 December and 18 January to 31 March
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.15

Chef

  • Chef(s): Scott Davies

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Scottish with Nordic Influence
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 8
  • Wines over £30: 137
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £40
  • 3-course dinner from: £68
  • Tasting menu from: £95
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

5 miles west of Dunvegan take B884 signed Glendale. On left beside loch.

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Kyle of Lochalsh
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