The Three Chimneys
That a cosy restaurant set in a century old crofter’s cottage in the wildly remote northwestern corner of Skye has made it into many lists of the UK’s top restaurants is impressive. That it has also made it into global hit lists too is nothing short of miraculous. The couple who created this wonder down by the shores of Loch Dunvegan in Colbost are remarkable chef Shirley Spear and her husband Eddie. Over recent years Shirley has carefully handed on head chef duties, first to Michael Smith and his successor in summer 2015, Scott Davies. Their passion for local produce reinvented in continuously imaginative ways never wanes. The Skye Showcase menu (£90) sees dishes such as Bracadale brown crab parfait, Loch Dunvegan langoustine and venison fillet, while à la carte options include crispy croft egg, Mallaig monkfish and a three-way cheek, tail and flat-iron of beef. The star of the desserts is a legendary hot marmalade pudding with Drambuie custard, which is as satisfying and consistent as the Three Chimneys itself as it eases into its third award-winning decade.