Harden's survey result
“Worth the scenic drive to get there and highly recommended” – this former crofter’s cottage has been a gastronomic feature of the inner Hebrides since it opened in 1985. It’s all change this year, though, as – after 34 years – Shirley & Eddie Spears have retired: selling the business to well-known hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray, who is himself returning to his native Scotland and establishing his new ‘Wee Hotel Company’. We’ve rated the restaurant on the basis that he knows what he’s doing, that the Spears remain somewhat involved, and that the “amazing” Scottish cuisine focused on fish and seafood for which the place has become internationally famous will endure.
“Worth the difficulty of getting to” – Shirley and Eddie Spear’s famous, “out-of-the-way” old crofter’s cottage has achieved a formidable reputation since it opened in 1984 and reports continue to say it fully lives up, with very locally-sourced food that’s “pretty much perfect on every course”. “Next time I’m going to stay!”
“A long way to go, but boy is it worth it”. This “most magical and mystical location” – a “remote” old crofter’s cottage “with a little river running past” and “the most amazing views” – is often completed in reports for “some of the best food I’ve ever eaten”. “The colourful food is beautifully presented and tastes fantastic” and experiences at the Chef’s Table are particularly memorable.
Despite its fame and ultra-remote setting, the Spears’s old crofter’s cottage “doesn’t disappoint” thanks to its “fabulous seafood” (“locally sourced blah blah blah. Of course it’s locally sourced in this part of the world. Where else could they get seafood so fresh?”). It has a “perfect” location by Loch Dunvegan, with “the great Isle of Skye to explore” – “heaven!”
Colbost, Dunvegan, IV55 8ZT
|Monday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|