“Distinctive set menu in coastal seclusion” - AA Inspector
PORTPATRICK, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
Our Inspector's view
For a small country hotel, Knockinaam is something of a knockout. About three miles out of Portpatrick, it stands in 30 acres, with access to a private shingle beach. It’s decorated in elegant but homely style, with panoramic views of the Irish Sea from the dining room. Tony Pierce's career began with waitering gigs in Manchester while he trained, and after compiling a star-studded CV, he has brought distinction to the kitchens here. The evening agenda is a fixed-price, four-course affair, beginning on summer's night with a perfectly balanced dish of pan-seared Skye scallops, simply paired with caviar and a chive beurre blanc. Main course is a vibrantly presented roast breast of St Brides chicken, served with a chicken and truffle ravioli, courgette, charred baby leek and a Madeira emulsion. The final course requires a choice between British and French cheeses with walnut bread, or a Knockinaam marmalade soufflé with double vanilla bean ice cream.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 32
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1.15
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 30
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 13
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
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About The area
Discover Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway is a wonderfully undiscovered corner of Scotland – a romantic land of wooded glens, high hills and exposed moorland, haunted by its colourful past and the ghosts of those who fell in fierce and bloody battles. Heading west from Gretna Green you soon reach Dumfries, straddling the River Nith, where you may see red-breasted mergansers in summer.
The market town has strong associations with one of Scotland’s most famous sons, Robert Burns, who farmed nearby and returned to Dumfries towards the end of his life. You’ll find Burns-related visitor attractions around town, plus a portfolio of other sights ranging from ruined castles and abbeys to quirky museums. You can see for miles from the Camera Obscura, which occupies the top floor of the 18th-century windmill.
To the north lies a vast and endless landscape; mile upon mile of open moorland and afforested slopes stretching towards the Ayrshire coast. On the long haul to Stanraer, you’ll want to make regular stops and visit places like Gatehouse of Fleet, a delightful 18th-century planned town, and Creetown, a planned village on the estuary on the River Cree. Perfect for walking and fishing, Dumfries and Galloway seems gloriously untouched by 20th-century progress.
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