Inver Restaurant

Inver Restaurant
Strathlachlan, Strachur, Argyll and Bute, PA27 8BU
  • Telephone 01369 860537
  • Seasonal times Closed Jan–Feb and most of March
  • Food served Wed 10.30am–5pm; Thu–Sat 10.30am–11pm; Sun 10.30am–5pm
  • Average price £24 (lunch); £30 (evening meal)
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Destination restaurant serving seasonal Scottish produce from à la carte, fixed, and lunch menu, as well as coffee and cake.

Though Inver’s location may seem daunting for diner and restaurateur alike, the pilgrimage through mountains and round sea-lochs makes arrival on Loch Fyne’s shores something special. Take in the view with an aperitif al fresco like a tangy shrub cocktail, or sit indoors in the snug — glass of Fyne Ales in hand — where a roaring wood-stove, sheepskin rugs and piles of books make even the most travel-weary feel welcome. From the kitchen comes house-made butter and sourdough, local vegetables and meat, and foraged flowers and herbs from their fruitful kailyard. Aptly, there’s no lack of shellfish either — Loch Fyne langoustines with rapeseed mayo and oysters with shaved horseradish both offer a taste of fresh coastal waters befitting of the view. A starter of asparagus is served with duck egg, butter yolk and tarragon cream, all intricately adorned with wild garlic flowers. Seared mackerel comes pink with broccoli, horseradish and blotches of squid ink, topped with a foam reminiscent of coastal surroundings. Asparagus makes a second appearance alongside Gartmorn Farm chicken with hazelnut, potato dumplings and a judicious touch of sweet cicely. Afterwards, a rhubarb mousse conceals custard ice-cream and white chocolate crumble, while a buttermilk and dark chocolate tart is sprinkled with rye crust and prunes — the perfect partner for an espresso from Cardross’s Home Ground coffee. Inver’s offerings are a celebration of Scotland’s larder; dishes sing of the seasons and are served with a simplicity and flair that respects provenance and quality of ingredients.

  • Provides: Outdoor tables
  • Largest group: 40+
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Table Talk: Rob Latimer on his journey from London to the West of Scotland via Noma

14 Jun 2016

The co-owner of Inver Restaurant talks about his background in animation and how he ended up running a restaurant in Argyll

My qualification in illustration and graphic art led me into a career in animation, which I pursued in London for a decade with a company called Studio AKA.

When Food and Art Meet for Lunch

14 Jun 2016

The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Year of Food and Drink have plenty to share

From primitive animals etched into cave walls to a bowl of fruit in a still life, food has long been a favourite subject matter in the art world. Currently, it's the ethics and practice of growing, cooking and eating that seem to be consuming people…