Hotel in Scotland with the best food?
- eviemichael May 22, 2011 01:40 PM
Im planning a honeymoon next year in Scotland and beginning to do some research...
Two hotels that have caught my eye (and appetite) are the Torridon and Inverlochy Castle. Does the food live up to the hype in these two places?
Are there other good hotels in beautiful areas of Scotland with reliably wonderful food?
Thanks in advance.
Inverlochy castle is very good food wise and has an idyllic location that isn't too far from the beaten track. I've never been to the Torridon although it caught my eye and if you can find this year's "Great British Menu" on Youtube/BBC Iplayer etc, then you can see their head chef producing some interesting (in my opinion) dishes (he's in the North West England Region rather than Scotland since that's where he is from originally). One issue with Torridon is that it is a long trip away unless you fly into Inverness.
The one place that you haven't mentioned is Gleneagles. The only restaurant with a 2 Michelin starred chef in Scotland and certainly as a hotel on a par with Inverlochy Castle.
I'm a big fan of Monachyle Mhor which is not as far north but has a very secluded spot with great food.
I'd highly recommend Scarista House, on the west coast of the isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. An old manse, right beside one of the most amazing beaches in the UK, where the food is spectacular. Ingredients are all local, and the fish and shellfish is particularly good. Wonderful breakfasts too. And Harris is absolutely gorgeous. We visited as part of a foodie trip, visiting the Three Chimneys in Skye, and then sailing from Uig on the isle of Skye over to Tarbert, from where Scarista House is an easy drive.
We very recently (a week ago) stayed at the Bunchrew House Hotel and were very pleased. We had dinner there two nights (out of three) and breakfast each morning, and we definitely enjoyed the food. I should note that it's a bit expensive, but we got a great off-season package deal that made it less painful on the wallet.
P.S. I should add that the one disappointing thing is their lack of local beers- that was a bit odd. However, a small pub 5 minutes away had exactly what we wanted beer-wise, so no big deal.