Recently spent a week in Ardnamurchan just outside Strontian. On a wet day we wanted somewhere for a decent lunch so called in to the Kilcamb Hotel and were warmly welcomed and immediately shown to a table in the Driftwood Brasserie - a very small intimate area next to the bar. The carnivores in the party chose twice cooked belly pork (with all important crackling!) and battered chicken with oriental dip - note chunky chips were extra - do ask what comes with the mains. The vegetarians had one choice - Butternut Squash Tortellini – Sun-blushed Tomatoes, Rocket & Parmesan - pesto sauce. This was very rich and tasty and we were glad we ordered a salad to accompany it. (keep reading for vegetarian info)
The waiter was very attentive and appeared to be "in-training" but could not be faulted - pleasant and very apologetic if he thought he had not understood us. He offered us the choice of coffee in the lounge - a very bright and comfortable room as you enter the hotel. This was a very relaxing way to finish a most enjoyable lunch.
When we came to pay my husband explained we had already reserved a table in the Brasserie for that coming Friday evening. He pointed out that as myself and my sister are strict vegetarian he was concerned that as the menu is a set menu we would not have any choice for our return visit. He was immediately assured that if the chef knew in advance he would
add further vegetarian dishes to the menu.
So we returned on the Friday - the Brasserie filled up - another table of 4 and two other couples meant only one free table. Tables are quite close to one another but as other reviews explain the hotel has another restaurant for a more formal dining experience.
We had not been seated long before the manageress came over and offered us the "special vegetarian menu" This was brilliant! We had thought there would be just another choice on the specials board. Not so we had our own menu with 4 starters, 3 mains and the usual desserts. I began with the asparagus spears and poached egg- lovely and followed this with tomato and olive tart topped with melted brie which came with a very good salad of lettuce leaves, walnuts and baby tomatoes. I was glad I had not ordered additional chips or potatoes as this was filling enough. My sister began with the mushroom risotto and repeated the butternut squash tortellini as she had enjoyed it so much earlier in the week!! Carnivores well catered for from the set menu and the specials board which was mainly seafood. My husband is still raving about his dessert -Iced whiskey parfait with earl grey soaked prunes!!
Many thanks for being so accommodating to us vegetarians. We left promising a glowing review - we had excellent lunch and evening meals and cannot fault the friendliness of the informal service. Heartily recommend you visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of Romantic Hotel of the year, and one of the Daily Telegraph's top 10 most cosy Highland Hotels; Kilcamb Lodge Hotel & Restaurant is a small luxury 4 star hotel, perfectly situated on the tranquil shores of Loch Sunart in the Highlands of Scotland. The hotel now has two restaurants; the new and less formal Driftwood Brasserie, or the renowned Restaurant, both offering friendly yet professional service and 2AA Rosette award winning food. This newly appointed 4 star hotel is perfectly situated in its 22 acres of loch side meadow, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery which adds to to the sense of peace and tranquility, hard to find in today's modern world. Local wildlife on the door-step such as otters, eagles red squirrels and pine martens only add to the sense of remote Highland serenity. Kilcamb Lodge Hotel is also pet friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kilcamb Hotel Strontian
- Kilcamb Lodge Hotel & Restaurant Strontian, Scotland