Rocca Bar and Grill
- Telephone 01334 472549
- Food served Mon–Sun 6.30–9.30pm. Closed Sun in winter months.
- Average price £32 (evening meal)
- Website www.roccagrill.com
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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
Original cornicing, subdued lighting and white linen napkins, not to mention the view over the 18th green of the venerable Old Course, contribute to the sophistication of this champagne bar and restaurant set in one of the town's well known hotels. While still owned and run by Macdonald hotels, Rusacks has handed over complete control of the food and drink element to the former owners of Rocpool in Inverness and thus comes with quite a pedigree. Welsh-born chef Scott Davies brings international experience and his menu aims high both with pricing and intent. Dishes such as pigeon with a porcini ravioli or Scottish lamb with loin, belly and shoulder impress. There is also a separate vegetarian menu. Service is discreet and knowledgeable. Comfortable armless chairs, candles and flowers complete the sumptuous feel. There is a small but eclectic selection of wines with a choice of 14 champagnes and sparkling wines. Downstairs the more relaxed One Under gastro pub offers a variety of simpler dishes, some with a local flavour.
- High point: Inventive cooking
- Low point: Cannot see the 18th green in winter
A classy and comfortable dining room, not to mention the view over the 18th green of the venerable Old Course, declare the sophistication of this champagne bar and restaurant. Scott Davies' menu aims high both with pricing and intent, with dishes such as pigeon with a porcini ravioli or Scottish lamb with loin, belly and shoulder impressing. Downstairs the more relaxed One Under gastro pub offers a variety of simpler dishes, some with a local flavour.
Award-winning Rocca Bar & Grill blends sublime Italian cooking methods with a unique Scottish twist. From the lavishly-styled dining room, diners can enjoy magnificent views over the golf course at West Sands Beach. Rocca offers an innovative take on classic grill dining, using superb, locally sourced ingredients to produce an array of robust flavours.
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- Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
- No. overnight rooms: 70
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Easy listening
- Capacity: 90
- Largest group: 15
- Open since: 2009
- House wine: £21.95 per bottle