The Pierhouse, Port Appin

Scotland is rightly famous for its produce and the west coast is famed for its seafood, so Emma and I had to partake of the fruits of the sea on our recent honeymoon.

I found the Pierhouse, which advertises itself as a seafood haven. It’s located in the little seaside village of Port Appin and is as far as the road goes – any further in anything other than James Bond’s underwater Lotus Esprit and you’ll be swimming for your supper. There’s a helpful warning sign to this effect!

There are 2 dining rooms with lovely westward facing windows. Despite making an advance reservation, we were given a table in the smaller dining room and had a little window for the view. I think the ambiance was better in the bigger dining room with its large bay windows but perhaps those are reserved for hotel guests.

We started with a Scottish classic, cullen skink. It’s a hearty,  earthy soup with lovely smoked fish, thickened with potatoes and finished with cream.

Then came the piéce de resistance. The Grand Seafood Platter has every type of seafood they serve on the menu, both hot and cold. Emma enjoyed the lobster and langoustine the most while I got extra freshly shucked oysters and mussels, which she doesn’t enjoy as much. It was truly a feast and the top Scottish seafood was allowed to shine by its sympathetic treatment by head chef Laura Milne.

Somehow, we found room to share a sticky toffee pudding to finish.

Beautiful seafood, great cooking. Even better if you can somehow snaffle a table in the large dining room.


Food: ★★★★ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★☆ VFM: ★★★★ Overall: ★★★★☆

Price: The Grand Platter costs £95 but it’s worth it for the quality.

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