Having lived locally for much of my childhood, I know this pub has changed and altered many times in the past 30 years. However, it has now found its raison d'etre; a friendly pub at the heart of the village with a warm welcome and outstanding food. Standards are high and it is absolutely worth the trip to Innellan... because contrary to the address, this is not Dunoon! A lovely drive south from Dunoon, also accessible by bus - ask the driver to let you off at Innellan peir.
The food. Wonderful. Good house wines, pleasing to all palates. With a large party (10 of us) we were seated comfortably and served promptly but with no sense of feeling rushed whatsoever and with perfect breaks between courses.
Having ordered starters we were given appetisers of delicious thick bread with a deep green olive oil and beautiful balsamic. A variety of olives (queen and Kalamata) were also thoroughly appreciated.
Starters at our table were the sizzling prawns and the goose pate. Prawns were reported to be fresh and tender, served in their entirety with a spicy onion dressing. My goose pate was exceptional; a dense and full taste.
Mains included a generous portion of steak and all the trimmings, a huge and impressive fish and chips - complete with up-market chip-shop style paper, making presentation even more outstanding! My own main was the duck with clapshot (mixed neeps and tattie mash) and veg. Tender, melt in the mouth, every bite a joyful sensation.
The variety of dessert was impressive and particular note should be given to the Malibu/mango creme brulee - ooft! Fab. Digestifs and coffee rounded off a special and satisfying meal.
A wee village pub that keeps standards high with Real Ale on draft and a friendly staff. A gem on the beautiful Cowal peninsula; make it a part of your visit to the area.
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