“Wild and foraged ingredients at the fore” - AA Inspector
STRACHUR, ARGYLL & BUTE
Our Inspector's view
An isolated and wild location on the shores of Loch Fyne is the perfect setting for the cooking of chef Pam Brunton, who previously worked at Noma in Copenhagen. A whitewashed cottage with unfussy Scandi designs, it’s a minimalist backdrop for the sharp-edged cooking and bold flavours. Wild and foraged ingredients, plus shellfish from nearby lochs, dominate the menu, which might kick off with grilled squid, yellow tomatoes and a spicy red sausage. A signature main of Gigha halibut, mussels and coastal greens could lead on to raspberry and burnt honey meringue pie with raspberry sorbet and lemon curd.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 40
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 25 December, January to February
- Wines under £30: 9
- Wines over £30: 7
- Wines by the glass: 4
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
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About the area
Discover Argyll & Bute
This is a county that’s all about awe-inspiring landscapes and unique island cultures. Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney put the area on the map when he wrote Mull of Kintyre, recorded in 1977 with the local pipe band backing his group. Kintyre is a long, thin peninsula that points south from the mainland, sheltering the mouth of the Firth of Clyde from the open sea. It’s very nearly an island, with just a narrow isthmus connecting it with Knapdale, to the north.
Tucked away at the end of the Firth of Clyde, Bute has been the holiday playground for generations of Glaswegians and is home to some of the finest golden beaches anywhere on the west coast. It may not boast the wild mountain grandeur of some of Scotland’s other islands, but Bute is blessed with swathes of heathery moorland and a range of low, fertile hills, perfect for walking and studying the local wildlife. Such is the variety of landscapes that make up this county.
To experience the sights and sounds of the area, visit Dunoon in late August for the Cowal Highland Gathering, when more than 150 pipe bands from all over the world compete for prestigious trophies.
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