Scotland's Gems

The West: Where to eat and drink

March 17, 2017

Isle of Eriska, Argyll If you like to feel like the only person in a restaurant, try the eating establishment on this private 300-acre island out for size. Just north of Oban, the Isle of Eriska is a big house and grounds run by the Buchanan-Smith family since 1973. Recently refurbished, this traditional building has been transformed into a contemporary yet cosy hotel with an award-winning restaurant. It was awarded a Michelin Star in September for the third year running. The kitchen prides itself on using local produce. Menus typically consist of a fish from the surrounding waters, a meat dish from the island and a vegetarian alternative inspired by ingredients found in one of the gardens or larders close at hand. Even the salads, herbs and mushrooms come from the hotel’s grounds, and the jellies and chutneys are made from Eriska’s own berries. The renowned Farmhouse Cheese Trolley is one of Eriska’s hidden treasures. Diners can choose from 
40 cheeses, including mulled cheddar, Lancashire bomb, Celtic promise, Fearn Abbey brie, and glazert to name but a few.