Cote du Nord
Nestled between mountains and the rugged windswept north coast in a sparsely populated landscape might seem a surprising place to find a French-influenced restaurant, but with incredible Highland produce right on the doorstep, and only eight seats available each night, Cote du Nord has become something of a destination in itself. The chef (who by day is the local doctor) prepares a tasting menu of up to ten courses based on ingredients available seasonally – mainly locally caught fish, shellfish and seafood supplemented by locally produced beef and pork and foraged herbs and plants. There can’t be many restaurants in the area that start the evening with homemade bread flavoured with foraged gutweed and home-churned butter. Interesting drinks are on offer, too: Highland ales made from pine needles, heather and kelp and aperitifs featuring silver birch wine or Caithness raspberry liqueur in addition to the more usual wine list.