“Scottish wild food in simple lochside surroundings” - AA Inspector
STRACHUR, ARGYLL & BUTE
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The uplifting setting on the shores of Loch Fyne is in itself worth the trip out to this unassuming little restaurant in a whitewashed cottage done out with cool Scandi minimalism. The Nordic inspiration is plain to see in its simple wood tables and bench seating, while chef Pam Brunton’s stint at Copenhagen's Noma informs trend-conscious cooking showcasing wild and regional produce in an imaginative carte, and a dinner-only, four-course taster that opens with a quartet of appetiser mouthfuls. A faultlessly simple opener of potted pork topped with marinated shallots, green peppercorns, seeds and edible flowers is full of pin-sharp, invigorating flavours, while main-course Gigha halibut is timed to perfection, its skin crisped and added to an umami-laden medley of seaweed greens and succulent mussels in a smoky butter sauce. An unpretentious apricot and bitter almond sponge cake with marinated almonds and cream showcases the kitchen’s baking skills, as does the divine sourdough bread and home-cultured butter.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday (excluding Easter Monday and May bank holidays)
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 9
- Wines over £30:
- 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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