Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Argyll And Bute
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Argyll And Bute restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 38 restaurants in Argyll And Bute and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Argyll And Bute restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Eriska Hotel British, Traditional restaurant in Benderloch
2019 Review: “A lovely setting in its own grounds” on a private island in the Highlands (accessible by bridge) means this luxurious Relais & Châteaux property is “just made for relaxation”. High marks too for Conor Toomey’s modern British cuisine presented from a three-course prix fixe menu.
2. Inver Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Strachur Stracthlachlan - PA27
“Simply brilliant” – “head down the single track road until you are sure that you are on the wrong route, and then keep going another couple of miles” to find Pam Brunton and Rob Latimer’s converted fisherman’s croft: “one of the more unlikely locations for top-class dining”. The white-walled room with small bare tables is very simple in style, but the food is “as delicious as it can be surprising” with a “a fierce focus on invention with local produce and foraged ingredients” (and especially, of course, fish and seafood). A “funky wine list” is also a feature with “a strong focus on organic and biodynamic wines”. “It’s a great location and with lovely bothies now” too.
3. Pierhouse Hotel Fish & seafood restaurant in Port Appin
A former piermaster’s house is the setting for this hotel dining room, which boasts epic views over Loch Linnhe to Lismore, and whose food focuses on simply cooked but superb fishy fare, be it oysters from nearby Loch Ceran or mussels and langoustines from Loch Linnhe (though game fans are also in for a treat).
4. Kilberry Inn Scottish restaurant in Kilberry
On the western edge of Scotland, looking out at the Inner Hebrides, Clare Johnson & David Wilson’s inn is “miles from anywhere but worth tracking down” for “the freshest seafood”, “brilliant front of house”, and a “great atmosphere”; overnighters “recommend the breakfasts” too.
5. Airds Hotel British, Traditional restaurant in Port Appin
A Relais & Châteaux property – “a wonderful hotel in a beautiful lochside location” (a former ferry inn) whose “very fine restaurant” has been “a top-notch destination for many, many years” thanks to its “first-class, French-inspired” food, including seafood and game – “long may it continue!”
6. Ee-Usk (Seafood Restaurant) Fish & seafood restaurant in Oban North Pier - PA34
A fantastically popular “presence on the North Pier at Oban”, where it perches in a glass box, this venue is famous for its “superb” fresh fish and seafood (the name is Gaelic for ‘fish’). Be warned, though, you may have to “queue even on a Monday night” (and parents take heed, “children under the age of 12 are barred from 5:45 pm onwards”).
7. Etive Scottish restaurant in Oban 43 Stevenson Street - PA34
“A fabulous find in Oban” – John McNulty and David Lapsley’s venture moved from its former location (of this name) a couple of years ago, and is praised for its very accomplished Scottish cuisine using the best local produce (choose either a ‘land’ or ‘sea’ six-course tasting menu for £45) and a “small but thoughtful wine list” (plus the option of matching wine flights) – “highly recommended!”
8. The Oban Fish & Chip Shop Fish & chips restaurant in Oban 116 George Street - PA34
A take-away and 40-seater restaurant lauded by Rick Stein that “goes way beyond what you might expect from a chip shop”; there’s “some great cooking on display – no wines but for a first-class fish supper you can’t go wrong”.
10. Loch Fyne Restaurant and Oyster Bar Fish & seafood restaurant in Clachan Loch Fyne - PA26
It spawned a national chain, but there was curiously little feedback last year on this popular stop-off on the A83. Originally little more than a shed (started in the 1970s), it has been refurbished in recent times to provide a more comfortable bistro-style experience, with views of the loch, but the focus remains on simple fish and seafood, much of it from its in-house smokery.
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Benderloch British, Traditional
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