Martin Wishart, Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Emma and I finished our week’s dining on our mini honeymoon in Scotland on a real high. After spending most of the week at the wonderful cozy, romantic Ecopod in Appin on the west coast, I treated Emma to a bit of luxury on the last night. We stayed at the very impressive Cameron House on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Within the hotel, chef Martin Wishart has his eponymous Michelin-started fine dining restaurant. The classy but super friendly dining room was the perfect place to enjoy the superb tasting menu and celebrate the end of a great honeymoon.

Apologies for some of my photos being blurry but my iPhone was one of those with a camera issue that Apple replaced for free.

The meal commenced with a train of canapés and amuse bouches, which were all interesting and really got the palate singing.

The tasting menu proper started with the freshest mackerel tartare on crackers. We loved them so much that when we told the waitress, she sneaked us an extra portion from the kitchen!

We had enjoyed amazing seafood in Scotland and the scallop with a disc of unctuous bone marrow was another great use of the great produce.

On the next dish, I loved the juxtaposition of luxurious lobster with humble brown shrimp, all bound by a creamy egg yolk.

I prefer my foie gras seared if given a choice but the foie gras mousse and apricots had a satisfying richness.

The fish course was fillet of turbot, classically paired with cockles and girolles. The King of the seas indeed.

The first meat course was saddle of Borders roe deer, another example of top Scottish produce being given the best treatment.

Then came loin and belly of ‘Blackface’ lamb, served with broad beans, seaweed potatoes, artichokes and sea purslane. I’m a real fan of lamb and wolfed this down.

As it was our honeymoon, the kitchen kindly served us different desserts. The lemon verbena parfait was on the tasting menu but they kindly also served up a chocoholic’s idea of heaven.

A plate of homemade flavour-packed petit fours rounded off the meal perfectly.

This was one of my favourite UK meals ever. The food was outstanding and service exceptional. It’s a must visit if you’re ever in the area.

Ratings

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

Price: £95 for the 8 course tasting menu, which turned out to be more like 12 courses with multiple amuses. Worth every penny.

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