Food & Restaurants
Argyll is renowned for its good quality local produce from the fresh fish and seafood landed in local fishing villages throughout, to the free range and highland bred poultry, sheep and cattle. Ardmarnoch has its very own ham as well as free range eggs and home grown fruit and vegetables.
If you prefer to stay at home and cook you can buy fresh fish and fresh shellfish just across the water at Tarbert, from Dougal Johnson the fishmonger or Neil Prentice of Prentice Seafoods (details below ) who is able to supply mussels, crab, lobster, crab meat and scallops. For those who like to eat out, on the whole the quality of dining through Argyll is also very good with chefs taking care to prepare food using the finest local ingredients. Please find below a small selection of places that you may choose to dine at during your stay.
Prentice Seafoods (By the ferry to Portavadie)
Address: Prentice Seafoods, Battery Point, Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll. PA29.
Tel: 01880 821136
Dougal Johnson (Behind Tarbert Tourist Information)
Address: Castle Street, Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll. PA29.
Tel: 01880 820322
Only minutes from Ardmarnoch and located approximately 25 miles west of Dunoon and 35 miles from Inveraray, the Oystercatcher Restaurant & Public House at Otter Ferry is one of the more local restaurants to dine. The restaurant changed ownership in October 2007 and at that time was considered to be a superb place to dine.
Address: Oystercatcher Restaurant, Otter Ferry, Loch Fyne, Argyll. PA21 2DH.
Tel: 01700 821229
A loch side hotel and restaurant in Tighnabruaich, only 15 minutes away from Ardmarnoch is recommended as a place to eat locally with very good foor and good service.
Address: The Royal, Tighnabruaich, Argyll. PA21 2BE.
Tel: 01700 811239
A small hotel serving good honest food, only 7 or 8 minutes drive from Ardmarnoch
Address: Kames Hotel, Kames, By Tighnabruaich, Argyll. PA21 2AF.
Tel: 01700 811489
Serving simple and non-fussy food using fresh fish and local produce, the hotel prides themselves on good service and a warm welcome.
Address: Kilfinan Hotel, Kilfinan, By Tighnabruaich, Argyll. PA21 2EP.
Tel: 01700 821201
Wellpark provides comfortable accommodation in large stylish rooms, which retain many original features, with a warm welcoming atmosphere. Public rooms are very spacious and take in the magnificent sea views from huge windows making the most of this truly wonderful, tranquil location.
Address: Shore Road, Tighnabruaich, Argyll, PA21 2EB
Tel: 01700 811921
A restaurant situated on the shores of Lachlan Bay, Loch Fyne roughly 25 minutes from Ardmarnoch serving dishes using fresh local produce with private dining available in the ‘Boat House’. An excellent location for a celebratory meal or party.
Address: Inver Cottage, Strathlachlan, Argyll. PA27 8BU.
Tel: 01369 860537
Of course there are many other places that you can go to eat lunch or dinner, please find below a selection that are a little further afield.
Loch Fyne Oyster Bar
A popular day visit for many people, the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar consists of a spacious restaurant, fishmonger where you can buy fish and shellfish, and also a small garden center, all with stunning views out over the loch. The restaurant is the original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar which has spawned 38 other UK restaurants of the same name. The Loch Fyne Oyster Bar is a member of the exclusive Seafood Trail.
Address: Clachan, Cairndow, Argyll. PA26 8BL.
Tel: 01499 600236
A modern Scottish restaurant set within a traditional whitewashed, red tin roofed But and Ben, the Kilberry Inn, awarded a ‘Bib Gourmand’ by the Michelin Guide in 2006 provides good food and service in a quiet location with views across to Gigha and the Paps of Jura.
Address: Kilberry Inn, Kilberry, Argyll. PA29 6YD.
Tel: 01880 770223
On the shores of the Kyles of Bute, the Colintraive Hotel is a splendid lodge style hotel dating back to the 1850s formerly a hunting lodge for the Marquis of Bute.
The ferry to Bute is less than 100 metres from the hotel. The dining area is very welcoming and cosy.
Address: The Colintraive Hotel, Colintraive, Argyll, PA22 3AS.
Tel: 01700 841207