Loch Bay Restaurant
“Franco-Scottish cookery by the bay” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Enjoying a magical setting in a row of 18th-century fishermen’s cottages right by the loch shore, Loch Bay is a diminutive institution around these parts. With room only for a couple of dozen diners at a time, its unpretentious decor of warm colours and gilt-framed mirrors convey a homely charm that belies the seriously accomplished food on offer. Chef Michael Smith’s finely-honed skills, attention to detail and commitment to top-class Scottish ingredients deliver dishes of deceptive simplicity and integrity, whether it’s a starter of ‘smokey bree’ – an indulgently creamy fish and shellfish soup aromatised with fresh herbs and lemon – or a made-in-heaven pairing of hake and squid, their sheer quality allowed to shine by the addition of velvet crab sauce and seasonal greens. The happy alliance of contemporary Scottish verve and classical French foundations continues through to a dessert of chocolate and amaretti délice with poached rhubarb and blood orange sorbet.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 16
- On-site parking available
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday and Monday
- Lunch served from: n/a
- Lunch served until: n/a
- Dinner served from: 7.00
- Dinner served until: 7.30
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: Seafood, Traditional Scottish, French
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About The area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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