Our recommendations not only offer a true taste of Scotland, but they are brilliant value and all critically-acclaimed too. Plus each of them is dog-friendly if you have a canine companion with you!
Just a 20 minute drive south of the Blue Cottage lies Inveraray, on the north-western shore of Loch Fyne, and it’s here you can enjoy the hearty cuisine and special atmosphere of the George Hotel.
Roaring fires, flagstoned floors and a commitment to locally-sourced beef, lamb and seafood make for a wonderful combination; and the 100 malt whiskies on offer don’t hurt either!
Find out more and see their latest menus at thegeorgehotel.co.uk
Head 16 minutes north-east from the Blue Cottage and round the head of Loch Awe to visit the village that bears its name, and enjoy the warm welcome and delicious home cooking of the Ben Cruachan Inn – winners of Gastro Pub of the Year (Central) at the Food Awards Scotland 2019.
Set at the foot of Ben Cruachan itself, the Inn offers views across the loch – the perfect accompaniment to the local ingredients in your lunch or dinner.
Find out more and see their latest menus at bencruachaninn.com
Ben Cruachan Inn
Follow the road round Ben Cruachan’s southern edges and north-west along the banks of the River Awe to Taynuilt, about 30 minutes drive from your base at the Blue Cottage, and enjoy the hospitality and hearty food of the Taynuilt Inn.
There’s a wide selection of great food to be enjoyed from Scottish classics to European and Asian dishes, plus a high quality kids’ menu to keep the little ones happy. And if it’s a nice day, you might even want to take advantage of their takeaway fish and chips options before heading the short distance north to Airds Bay at the elbow of Loch Etive.
Find out more and see their latest menus at taynuiltinn.com
The closest of our restaurant recommendations is, ironically, the one which takes longest to get to, lying as it does on the opposite side of Loch Awe – however the gorgeous fare on offer at the Kilchrenan Inn makes the 40 minute drive well worth it!
Presenting a more modestly-sized menu than some of our other recommendations, the Kilchrenan is nonetheless a must-visit as their offering changes weekly in accordance with local availability and seasonality – so whatever dish you opt for is sure to be just right for whenever you are in the area.
Find out more and see their latest menus at kilchrenaninn.co.uk