We were fairly restricted to eating within the High Street area of Fort William when we stayed up there. This was because we had no car with us and we were staying at the Travelodge, so in an effort to avoid an unpleasant dining experience I researched the nearby restaurants and eateries on Tripadvisor before we got there. (Although as I found out – it’s still a minefield out there)
My wife is a massive fan of Thai food, and as it was her Birthday when we were up there, our first choice of restaurant was Sugar & Spice. It has the highest rating in that category at Number 5 of 59 restaurants in Fort William, and has excellent reviews.
Sadly when we went there on the Monday evening (our first night) we were disappointed to discover that it wasn’t open. Closer inspection of the opening hours in the window revealed that it only opened as a Thai restaurant from Thursday through to Sunday evenings between 5:30 and 9:00pm, although it did open as a cafe during the day. (Something I’d failed to spot in the reviews before we got there)
Fortunately we were there for four nights so on the Thursday afternoon we returned whilst it was open as a cafe, and received a warm welcome from James and a young lady who were working there. James confirmed they were opening that evening so we booked a table and enjoyed a nice hot beverage whilst perusing the menu. James reminded us that the premises were unlicensed and that we could bring our own beer and wine.
After a visit to the nearby Tesco local we returned that evening with chilled beer and wine which James immediately offered to store in the fridge. It was quite busy when we walked in, so it is clearly a popular place, and I was glad we had taken his advice and booked the table beforehand.
The menu is very limited with only 1 starter (with a special on the blackboard) and 8 main course dishes to choose from.
We started with Vegetable Spring Rolls followed by two stir fry dishes: the King Prawn Pad Kieng (Medium Hot) and the Chicken Pad Gratiem Prik Thai (Medium Hot) which we shared
Well what can I say – they were to die for!
We were full when we finished, and I can “occasionally” decline a desert, but when James revealed he had homemade Mint Aero Chocolate cake with ice cream on offer I caved in
This is not a big restaurant, and as we found out the opening hours are limited, but it is popular and when it’s open it fills up quickly. We had a fantastic meal and James really made us feel welcome when we were there, so I would highly recommend it.
Looking at the other reviews I am not alone in singing the praises of this lovely establishment, so if you like Thai food make it a must do place to eat if you find yourself in Fort William, but check the opening times and book a table before you go to avoid disappointment.
Another thing to remember is that it stops serving at 9:00, and although they won’t rush you out after that time, you won’t be served after 9:00, so make sure you get in well before then if you want to enjoy the excellent food they have on offer
It is easy to find, from the Travelodge in the High Street walk away from the pedestrian area towards the roundabout, its two minutes walk away on the right hand side of the road
And just in case you do read this James – we had a great evening and you were a star!
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