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Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa

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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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Fine lochside dining at the old Sandeman place

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At a glance

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

Built of red sandstone in 1892 in the Scots baronial style – and how – for a scion of the Sandeman port-shipping family, Fonab Castle stands on a wooded hillside opposite Pitlochry, overlooking Loch Faskally. It embarked on its career as a top-end hotel only in 2013, and its surviving panelled hall, exquisite plasterwork and magnificent stone fireplaces make an appealing contrast to the mod-cons spa facilities and contemporary Scottish cooking also on offer. That latter is enjoyed at its best in the Sandeman Fine Dining restaurant, where the six-course taster offers an exciting programme of cutting-edge dishes, with appetisers and a pre-dessert filling in the gaps between main items. These could take in foie gras with asparagus, ceps and parmesan, langoustine ravioli in its own bisque with crème fraîche, and tender, full-flavoured local Perthshire lamb shoulder with girolles and wild garlic. Dessert could be a gin-laced vanilla and rhubarb crumble, and there is the option of a sharing-plate selection of cheeses as an extra. An excellent slate of wines by the glass is an asset. Simpler food is served in the Brasserie.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Paul Tyrrell & David Barnett

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 36
  • Wines over £30: 114
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8.95
  • Main course from £18.95
  • Dessert from: £6.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £24.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £29.50
  • Tasting menu from: £85
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 40
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

Pitlochry A9 take Foss Road junction. Hotel first on left.

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