Find this, multi-award-winning, restaurant with rooms on Skye's beautiful north-west coast. This white-washed crofter's cottage overlooks Loch Dunvegan, which sports seals and other interesting wildlife. The atmosphere inside, is comfortable, but rustic, with traditional stone and slate plus a few maritime adornments.
Chef Michael Smith has now taken over the kitchen reins with co-owner Shirley Spears, but any change seems to been seamless. Set dinner is a four course affair, with soup (or such-like) coming as a second stage.
Begin, perhaps with 'Crab Tortellini with Hot Pepper Crème Fraiche' or 'Smoked Haddock with peat-smoked Salmon and Eggs Mimosa'.
The style of the mains is set by the likes of 'Bourride of local Halibut, Brill and Cockles with John Dory and Clams'; 'Loin and Kidney of Highland Lamb with Pearl Barley and a Mushroom and Madeira Sauce' or in season 'Venison Fillet with Skirlie Potato Cakes, Baby Neeps, Braised Red Cabbage and a Game Jus'.
Desserts are excellent, perhaps 'Chocolate Pudding with Black Cherries' or 'Iced Whisky and Lemon Parfait with Pink Grapefruit, Clove Tuille and Aniseed Brittle' - but they are particularly proud of their 'Marmalade Pudding with Drambuie Custard'. The more savoury-toothed can indulge in a selection of Scottish Cheeses.
Lunch is lighter affair, with three choices at each stage.
A stay here, in 'The House Over-By', would make a marvellous romantic break.
- Food Style: Modern Scottish
- Lunch: Mon-Sat, 12.30-13.45; set L £28.50 (2 courses) to £37; Sun L May to Sept.
- Dinner: all week 18.30-21.30; set D £60 (3 courses), Tasting Menu £90 (7 courses)
- Seats: 40
- Wine: A surprisingly large wine list, for somewhere so remote, kicks off in the mid £20's, and offers a good choice by the glass
- Children's portions: No, and no children under 8 at D
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Directions: See the map on this page - or 8km west of Dunvegan, take the B884 to Glendale
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L between 1st to 23rd January
- Outside eating
- Rooms available