“Striking modern Scottish cookery in a coastal hamlet” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Blink, and you’d miss the tiny coastal hamlet of Inverkeilor, were it not for for the discreet restaurant with rooms along the high street that’s put the village on the map of gastronomic destinations. Thanks to the Watson family's efforts over 30-odd years, the place ticks all the boxes for a food-and-sea-themed getaway, with boutique rooms and a beamed and stone-walled dining room. These days, Gordon’s son Garry heads up the kitchen side of things, keeping all-comers on side with his precise modern Scottish cooking. The drill is a fixed-price menu of five courses at dinner, opening with roe deer tartare, perhaps, enriched with quail’s egg yolk and served with pickled shimeji, hazelnut aïoli and apple salad. A fish main might be a beautiful piece of turbot, served with brown shrimps, couscous, squash, and curry dressing; a very thoughtfully-constructed, well-balanced dish with precise flavours. Finish with pistachio crème brûlée, raspberries and chocolate.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 24
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 33
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 5
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
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About the area
It is said that before God sent the earth spinning through space he patted it and thus his fingers created the five beautiful Glens of Angus. Kirriemuir is the gateway to the little Angus Glens, valleys which stretch from the low farmlands of Strathtay into the moorland of the Grampians and the fringes of the Cairngorms. All five glens – Glen Clova, Glen Prosen, Glen Esk, Glenisla and Glen Lethnot – offer great hill walking, with a choice of gentle strolls or more challenging longer traverses.
The Angus coast is the jewel in the region’s crown, and the beaches here are some of the best on Scotland’s East Coast. From the seaside town of Arbroath you can enjoy a stunning walk along Seaton Cliffs, with an amazing wall of red sandstone keeping you company as you stroll beside the North Sea. Carnoustie, between Dundee and Arbroath is a popular seaside base, as well as a famous golfing centre. Away from the spectacular coastline, the lush Vale of Strathmore lies at the heart of Angus and is the setting for Glamis Castle, where the Queen Mother spent her childhood.
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