Set in 20 acres of woodlands, with a lake and a stream, this marvellous Georgian mansion has the perfect setting. We it's elegant interior, and smartly-dressed staff, this is one of Scotland's finest restaurants - as long as you like a surprise.
Start with nibbles, while you peruse the six-course, daily-changing menu in the lounge - there are two choices are each stage for lunch, none in the evening. As many local products are used as possible, and many of these been turned into contemporary dishes. Begin with soup, the likes of 'Celeriac and Lemon Potage with Truffle' or 'Sweet Potato with Angelica Oil'.
Perhaps follow with 'Pear Tart Tatin with Foie Gras and breast of Pigeon' or 'Trio of Salmon (smoked with star anise, citrus-cured, and ballottine).
Main courses might be fish or meat, but 'Gressingham Duck with spiced Oriental Cabbage'; 'Cod, Rice, Snails & Ground Elder' or 'Cannon of Lamb with caramelised Sweetbread, and Dauphinoise' sets the style.
Before desserts you are offered a single cheese, in peak condition.
While desserts include the likes of 'Morello Cherries with Sorbet'; 'Forced Rhubarb, Spiced Bread & Sorbet' or 'Chocolate Tart with Clementine Ice Cream' depending on the season.
All in all, quite a feast, and cooked with great skill by Charles Lockley and his team.
- Food Style: Modern Scottish
- Lunch: all week, 12.30-13.15; set L £24.00 (2 courses), £30 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 7.00-20.15; set D £70
- Seats: 28
- Wine: a mainly French wine list, has a good choice around the mid £20's mark, and about half a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Nairn
- Directions: See the map on this page - about 3km east of Nairn on the A96
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 1 week at Christmas
- Rooms available