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Muneroy

South Kintyre, Argyll & Bute, <20£
18/12/2016: After lovely breakfasts at our B&B, we only needed a snack to keep us going throughout the day, so while in Southend we went to Muneroy.As we didn't need that much we decided to just have a scone and then a piece of cake between us. The Waitress that took our order was quite amazing. As all the cakes are baked fresh each day, they are not on the menu. The Waitress recited the cake menu. She must have listed about 8 different cakes all from memory, without a stop. Quite a feat! The scone was large and was lovely and light. The cake was then produced and it was a really large slice. We looked at each other in a 'how we were going to get through this' sort of way. Well, it was lovely and so light. After we'd finished it it was as if we hadn't eaten anything at all.Lovely cakes, scones and excellent service. Definitely a place to visit when in that area.
08/12/2016: Last week went for a family meal as part of Muneroy Christmas nights, the atmosphere is amazing, the food was ace, never tasted turkey olives before (turkey meat wrapping the haggis) served with the traditional chipolatas etc. It was piping hot and a massive plate. The others were extremely happy too my mum enjoyed the turkey broth especially, to top it off out came the famous meringues my nephew loves them. Frances and Iain so proud of the work you put into your buisness and bring so many customers from all over the world to visit "Southend". Thank you to you and your staff, very well done !!!!

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Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles

Strathallan, Perth & Kinross
13/01/2017: Andrew Fairlie is set in the grounds of one of the most iconic building in Scotland. The dining room itself is pretty small compared to many others but you can understand why it deserves every square inch inside such a magnificent building.It's magnificently elegant room with some very simple artwork hanging on the walls, mostly crockery and other things you'd find around the kitchen. Then there's the commanding portrait of Head Chef Andrew Fairlie. So I never knew if he was in the building, or working the pass, but I knew that this place was his domain. That everything that came from the kitchen represent him.Every single dish, from the roe deer to the foie gras and brioche bread was absolutely fantastic but there was one dish that was light years beyond any of the others. The Home Smoked Scottish Lobster is an experience I will never forget. It was an entirely sensual experience. It all began when the plates came and the food was covered and both me and my fiancees plates were lifted at the exact same time. The first two things to hit you are the intense smokey smell (i'm sure the shells are smoked over old whisky barrels for a few hours) and the contrast between bright red shell and the yellow of the butter and green of the - what i'm going to say was - parsley. Next was the taste a continuation of the smokey smell but this time on my tongue, followed by the final sensation of the meat that just crumbled apart in my mouth. I had never had an emotional connection a plate of food but sometimes 3 months on I still think about the experience of eating that dish. And I don't think I will ever forget it for as long as I live.
05/01/2017: After xmas in Paris where we visited 2 ⭐️⭐️ and one ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Michelin restaurants it was great to see how the scots compared. Difficult to challenge ledoyen's intricacy and subtlety but I have to say fairlie was better than le taillevant and the grand vefour (although taillevant was superb). Setting is very atmospheric- very small and plush. Atmosphere is a good balance of professional and friendly. Food was to die for - we did the degustation and matching wines. Particularly impressed with the wine pairing and the enthusiastic sommelier. Seafood amazing - langoustine, lobster to die for. All in all very much deserves its rating - venue is up there with the best. Food in amongst the best 2 stars!

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Rannoch Station Tearoom

Highland, Perth & Kinross
15/11/2016: This was like going back to 60's. Remote railway station stunning views. Service at cafe excellent, home baking superb.
01/11/2016: I have visited Rannoch so often and been told to drop by, by so many people including a prominent MP and as I visited always out of season never had the pleasure till now. Home baked cakes, scones, clotted cream, bottled ales, warming hot toddies you name they have it covered and also have special events so check out what's on. Great walks from here and ideal stop for cyclists. You can also take the train along the most stunning track to Mallaig. Took short walk to Loch Laidon very easy gentle stroll. Or you can carry on to Kings House Glencoe. Came back to see a herd of stags at gate. Wow and double wow. Love Rannoch.

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Yann's

Strathearn, Perth & Kinross, >100£
19/01/2017: Meal was great very friendly , owner and his wife are so welcoming.extremely comfortable lounge to wait for your table to be prepared then the choice of the conservatory or the main dinning room is lovely
08/01/2017: This is the second time we've eaten here and it didn't disappoint. We were staying in the guest house this time and it was the obvious choice. Service is always excellent and the food is incredible. I suffer from coeliac disease and so eating out can often be a bit of a nightmare with staff treating you like you're being awkward and a burden, but here they were so great and really understood what it meant for food to be gluten free - and I wasn't ill afterwards so can testify it definitely was!Love this restaurant and the guesthouse, would thoroughly recommend.

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Vine Leaf Restaurant

St. Andrews, Fife, <20£
17/01/2017: Dined here on 15 Dec for about the fourth time. Difficult to find any fault with this establishment. Excellent staff, lovely surroundings and of course excellent food. We live in St. Andrews and place the Vine Leaf the No. 1 restaurant in town for us.
08/01/2017: I've eaten here a number of times, and it has been amazing every time. Don't judge the restaurant by the extensive and nonsensical collection of cuisines and dishes on the menu. The menu makes no sense but somehow, The Vine Leaf still manages to do everything well. Bread and some dips and oils are brought to the table before your starters arrive and the servers are always attentive, ensuring that you are happy with the meal. The owner of the restaurant is extremely friendly and when it's quiet in the restaurant, he'll happily strike up a conversation with you. The food is great and I would recommend it if you're ever visiting St Andrews. They really do showcase Scottish produce in an amazingly international way. Remember to book in advance.

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Oban Seafood Hut

Oban South and the Isles, Argyll & Bute
18/01/2017: Visited Oban on the way to the Highlands and we had lunch at the hut. You can see the fishermen bringing everything in fresh. The pleasant smell of white wine is all around the area surrounding the hut as they are cooking the mussels in it. I strongly recommend dropping by if you love fish & sea food. You will not be disappointed.
17/01/2017: Tried everything, my fav the crab sandwich, have one almost every day I am working in or near Oban. What can I say that hasn't been said before, excellent and the staff aim to please always.Was closing for the season the day before my birthday, I was as you can imagine sad I couldn't have my crab sandwich on my birthday, Johns missus came to the rescue, she gave me a large portion of crab meat to make my own that day. I did thanks a lot.Roll on March can't wait.Asks in the review when did I visit, every month it is open....

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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll & Bute, 20-30£
15/11/2016: Wonderful seafood lunch, including oysters and lobster. Bread was yummy. Would highly recommend a visit here - and it's right beside the ferry terminal so possible to visit as a foot passenger.
12/10/2016: My partner and I visited the Isle of Gigha purposely to eat at the Boathouse. I've heard great things from friends and family and we weren't disappointing. We arrived at the boathouse to be greeted by Phyl the manager, she was warm and welcoming. It took a while to choose what dishes to have as everything sounded delicious, but we both went with the pork belly and scallops (as this was recommended by a friend), both dishes were cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. For the main I ordered the halibut and chorizo, the flavours work so well and you could really taste the freshness of the halibut, the waitress explained that the halibut are sourced from the local halibut farm on the island (the only one in the UK) My partner also ordered a halibut dish from the specials menu and really enjoyed it. For desert she ordered the pecan pie with pear sorbet, she loved it! I didn't order a desert but helped myself to some of her pear sorbet, its was so refreshing I could have devoured a bowl of the stuff!!! By far one of the best restaurant I have ever visited, worth the 610 mile round trip and would recommend to anybody,

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The Hawthorn Restaurant

Oban North and Lorn, Argyll & Bute, 20-30£
23/10/2016: Decided to try the Hawthorn restaurant whilst In the area and so glad we did. Lovely warm welcome in a beautiful setting. I know the chef and managed to get a wee chat with him which was nice. The food was outstanding and beautifully presented a must for people visiting the area. Will definitely return next time we are over :) Thank you all for a lovely evening
18/10/2016: Four of us went here as it was close to our B&B. The restaurant is quite small which lends a comfortable relaxed atmosphere and decor design includes stonework sympathetic to the cottage building. The service is excellent, friendly and efficient. The food was really very good without exception, with particular mention for the scallops and pork. Our visit didnt experience any issue with portion sizes as mentioned in other reviews. In fact the size of scallops and the overall pork dish were definitely substantial to say the least. Most importantly everything tasted very good and was presented beautifully.This really is a lovely restaurant for a very pleasant evening with excellent food and friendly, knowledgable service.

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The Grange at St Andrews

St. Andrews, Fife, 30-45£
18/01/2017: Went as a family for an 80th birthday lunch and all of us were impressed with the food and service. We couldn't fault it. The décor is in need of updating as carpets are worn and grubby. Its also very dark - this was a pleasant day in May. The décor wouldn't stop me going back though.
14/01/2017: We had a fantastic evening at The Grange at the start of January. Every course was delicious and beautifully presented, we really enjoyed the amuse bouche, warm bread and chocolate truffles which appeared too. The chef and his wife were incredibly friendly, and we had a great chat with them at the end of the evening. We will definitely be returning next time we're in St Andrews.

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Cellar

East Neuk and Land Ward, Fife
23/12/2016: The wife and I visited for dinner after reading the excellent reviews.The whole experience was excellent, mostly, form the moment you walk in the door the front of house make you feel welcome.Our taste buds are still tingling form the different sensations form the canopies through to petit fours.Although the food is excellent, don't starve yourself before you go, as most of us do, the Portions are not on the generous side, however by the time you have your bread, appetisers , starter, main, pre desert, dessert and petit fours, it would be enough for most people.Only criticism is that the lamb was a bit fatty, when I mentioned this I was told that rump is a fatty cut, my response is, if you are serving small portions then I would be looking for larger meat to fat ratio. This is a minor issue though, on the whole a beautiful restaurant, staff wee very attentive and great food, very reasonably priced compared to some Edinburgh Michelin peers.
13/12/2016: we have wanted to eat here for some time and now can't wait to do so again.The Cellar doesn't cater for many diners, I would guess around 20, but the atmosphere is lovely, and the food outstanding.From the moment we went in, had drinks and canapies, through to coffees at the end we marvelled at the taste and quality of everything sat before us.Our mains of duck and hake were especially good but its a bit unfair to highlight any when absolutely everything was possibly the best food we have eaten anywhere.Service was excellent and a really nice balance of being there and available without being in our face the way it often feels in some other michelin star restaurants.This was a perfect night for us.Must try to get a table again before too long

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Room With a View

Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, Fife, 20-30£
17/01/2017: This is a great seafood restaurant, casual, relaxing atmosphere with Hannah providing superb front of house hospitality and the chefs preparing stunning food. Try the starters hamper.. You won't regret it
11/01/2017: I took my mum here as a treat when she came to visit us in Scotland. Amazing place, breathtaking view. The only problem is the parking... the amount of mud can make it all pretty complicated! Once down the hill, you find the restaurant bang on the seaside. We were welcomed and asked to sit in a room while waiting for our table. We had a glass of wine and looked at the menu. We were sat and we ordered the mixed starter: absolutely stunning presentation and amazing food. Loved the crab soup, the scallops. .. wasn't very keen on the smoked panna cotta, but that's a very personal taste. As main we had steak with lobster and stuffed monk fish. Honestly, absolutely delicious, and massive portions! The fish was melt in the mouth, and the steak perfectly cooked... pink and soft! Mmmh... Yummy! As dessert my mum had pear and amaretto cheesecake, I had petit four. So full adter that. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and not intrusive at all. We spent around 70 pounds. Absolutely perfect. .. for me the only let down was the car park and the dog standing in front of the dining room. Nothing against dogs, but I'd keep them out... very personal opinion. We shall be back again, thank you for making us feel like queens!!!!

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Little's Restaurant

Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth & Kinross
06/01/2017: Took dad here for his 86th birthday lunch. Specialist fish restaurant I'd been wanting to try for ages. We were the only diners that lunchtime - pity really as a few more would have improved the atmosphere. Food was all pretty good - squid and olives starters, hake and sea bass risotto mains and a lovely ice cream with a local raspberry twist. Service was attentive and professional and an interest was taken in dad's special day - they even brought him "a Roman Candle" type of firework, spurting fire high above the table. I guess that getting 86 candles lit would have been a bit of a tall order! Restaurant is on a busy road in the centre of town but inside it has been made cosy and bright. Met my expectations and more.
31/12/2016: Didn't review last year as thought it would be a one off from a normally great restaurant! Arrived promptly at 5.30 pm as we had been told the table was required back by 8 pm, Service was reasonable at start, didn't expect the starter of deep fried squid to be cold, perhaps the menu should state that. The mains chosen were Steaks and Partridge, steaks were good but the partridge was raw and under-cooked in places and tough in others.(Should have learned from last year). We then waited over 30 minutes between finishing main course and being offered a dessert. Dessert and coffees arrived, we had barely finished at 7.45 pm when we were asked to leave as the next party had arrived. Very disappointing.

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Peat Inn

East Neuk and Land Ward, Fife, 60-100£
15/01/2017: Wonderful setting in rural North East Fife, Scotland. Made even more lovely by a fall of snow the day before.Our visit was for my birthday and great friends were kind enough to drive my wife and myself there, so we could enjoy the experience totally. On arrival we were made most welcome and immediately shown to our table. Our seating area was spacious and comfortable, with the tables sympathetically placed so as to promote the "individual dining experience ". We felt under no pressure to order quickly and the waiting staff were most attentive although from a discreet distance. Nothing was a problem to the staff, all questions were answered with a smile and very much to our satisfaction. I will not go into what we ordered, suffice to say, we had completely different courses and both of us were completely satisfied with the cuisine. The experience was enhanced by the delivery of canapés, amuse bouche and a warmed selection of homemade bread. The various courses were served with a full verbal description of the dish by waiting staff at perfect intervals, that allowed the total appreciation of the wonderful flavours. A wide and varied wine list that complements the fine dining can be further enjoyed by the option of "wine pairing".All in all, a beautiful fine dining experience, not cheap, but the absolute quality of the menu and total professionalism of the staff and chefs, makes The Peat Inn a must visit restaurant. 5 stars all the way....
15/01/2017: Stayed overnight in addition to dining.Location - situated an easy 15 minutes drive/taxi ride from St Andrews with the restaurant situated in the small village of Peat Inn!Accommodation - this establishment has 8 rooms all of which are on a split level apart from 1. They are furnished to a high standard with the bed and bathroom on the lower level. The lounge is on the upper level. In addition to the usual tea/coffee there are lovely chocolate brownies and a decanter of sherry - nice touches.Food - we chose the 6 course tasting menu (£70 per person). The food is primarily local produce and is cooked to a very high standard and level of presentation. They are happy to discuss changes should there be something you may dislike.Wine - we elected to have the matching wines at an additional £55 per person. The wine waiter was very good in explaining the background to each wine and why it was chosen. I have to say the pairings were very good. One comment I would make is that the wine portions were generous and a bit more than I was used to. We never finished our last 2 glasses ....... Others may not find this an issue though.Service - the staff were very welcoming and friendly and ensured you enjoyed your meal in relaxing surroundings.Restaurant - situated inside an old cottage(s) so some interesting nooks and crannies! You are welcomed to take a seat in the lounge area prior to going through to the restaurant. This has a lovely log fire and is ideal for a pre-dinner drink should you wish one or if you prefer just to peruse the menus. We were seated at a table for 2 which was almost within elbow room of the table next to us. Little opportunity for private conversation but fortunately we struck up a good friendship with the couple in the table next to us! So you can gather that some of the tables are very close together. Coffee (an additional £4.50 per person) and after dinner drinks can either be served at your table or back through in the lounge with the lovely log fire. You can guess which we chose.Breakfast - for those staying in the accommodation breakfast is served in your room in your upstairs lounge area. Menus are in your room on arrival and are completed prior to dinner. You elect a time you wish it to be delivered in the morning and hey presto it arrives at the appointed time whereupon the staff lay it out on your table and leave you to enjoy it. It is primarily a continental style breakfast of boiled eggs, warm breads, cheese, ham, yoghurts, etc. After the lovely meal the night before this is ideal.Would I recommend - absolutely. Not cheap but quality comes at a price.

8,5
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The Boathouse

Oban South and the Isles, Argyll & Bute
05/01/2017: Visited the Boathouse for coffee and cake a couple of time during the summer and enjoyed all that I had. The service was friendly, the cakes homemade and prices reasonable.I enjoyed sitting outdoors and watching the World go by....
30/12/2016: Wide range of foodsWelcoming staffAmazing relaxing views and interesting walks Easy to access from Mull

8,5
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Lounge in Crieff

Strathearn, Perth & Kinross
18/01/2017: Visited on a dreich January afternoon & had excellent food & coffees. Staff friendly & informative. Definitely worth a visit.
16/01/2017: Love the atmosphere in The Lounge always friendly and very relaxed .Went with a group of friends and everyone enjoyed their evening meal and the evening. Would highly recommend and will return.

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