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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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Modern Scottish cooking in a magical setting

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At a glance

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

With its conical corner turret and handsome gables, this magical, castellated pile of reddish stone wouldn't look out of place in a film adaptation of a Sir Walter Scott novel. Built around a core of sweeping staircases and panelled interiors, Fonab's refurbishment has conjured a contemporary country-house hotel and spa from the place, with glassed-in views over Loch Faskally from both the Brasserie and the upmarket restaurant Sandemans, named in honour of the port-shipping family who once lived here. The chef's culinary style suits the setting with its strikingly modern approach, creating dishes that are full of bold combinations but avoiding flamboyance. A six-course tasting menu, with optional wine matches, offers a wide-ranging tour of Burns' abilities. An appetiser may lead may lead on to ham hock tian, celeriac remoulade, apple, quail egg, caper and a Sandeman's Amontillado gel. Then the main business arrives in the form of a perfectly poached and roasted beef fillet, shoulder-blade beignet, chervil root purée, salsify and fondant potato. You might then move on to a dazzling dessert of Valrhona chocolate tart with salted caramel ice cream and textures of chocolate and coffee.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Paul Tyrrell

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: £6.25
  • Main course from: £16.95
  • Dessert from: £5.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £23.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £29
  • 2-course dinner from: £23.50
  • 3-course dinner from: £29
  • Tasting menu from: £75
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


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

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 40

Getting here

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

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