Bar and restaurant taking the name, inspiration and a fair amount of produce from the west coast peninsula for its Scottish dishes and drinks.
Scotland’s west coast peninsula Ardnamurchan looms large at this bar and restaurant opposite the Theatre Royal. From the name and the logo depicting the lighthouse designed by Alan Stevenson (uncle of Robert Louis) to venison and whisky from the rugged outcrop, it’s all a culinary springboard to the wider Highlands and Islands. What might seem a touch trite in say Edinburgh sits happily enough in a city that doesn’t much do tartan-tinged dining. It’s all fairly subtle and well considered here in a pleasant, contemporary set-up – a thistle on the table, fiddly background music, a splash of tartan among the leathery browns of banquettes and booths. There’s a more bistro-style affair around the good-looking bar that houses plenty of national spirits, plus some thoughtful cocktails in a drinks menu extensive enough to warrant a contents page. The food menu reads like a hymn to west Scotland’s produce – langoustine landed on South Uist, Isle of Mull cheddar topping a root veg tart, smoked trout and salmon from Tobermory, a punchy salad of Herbridean blue cheese with blackberries and walnuts. Haggis (home-made) is of course here, with neeps and tatties or in a risotto, alongside comforting food aplenty – chicken breast comes with a more-delicate-than-it-sounds truffle and honey mustard sauce, served with clapshot that is so buttery you can smell it coming. Blackberries appear again atop a well-executed crème brûlée to finish it all off with aplomb.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs