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“Different! Surprising! Worth the drive.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Melvaig Inn

Melvaig Inn
Aultgrishan, Gairloch IV21 2DZ , Scotland
+44 1445 771212
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Ranked #1 of 17 restaurants in Gairloch
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Melvaig Inn, "an oasis in the middle of nowhere", serves up delicious food and amazing views.
Durham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Different! Surprising! Worth the drive.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

If you want a surprise, go here. For a start, the ambiance of the place is fantastic - the decor is certainly different and by no means traditionally highland and might not be to everyone's taste, but for us it was refreshing and fun. But once you get in, a drink in your hand and are seated in the restaurant, you'll have your breath taken away by the views, and there's the second surprise.

This place is a long way away from everywhere; you wouldn't ever be "just passing". But if you're up that way it's worth going a bit further for the food, the beer and the welcome. We were warned, "The menu isn't always fully indicative of what's on offer", and that's true but EVERYTHING we had on several visits was great. There's a reasonable selection of wine too, and some good beer to be had. It's not fine dining, it doesn't claim to be, but the whole package is very good indeed.

If you are in the western highlands, then take the trouble to try it. But go in with your eyes open - this is no attraction for tourists. But it is interesting and one gets the feeling that they care about what they're going there.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Essex
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“A pub you will never forget”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Absolutely full of memorabilia relating to Elvis, Pink Floyd, Rolls Royce radiator grills, a dummy playing the piano, an old juke box and so much else including a record deck on the bar. We, and the kids, were enchanted from the minute we walked in. The warmth of greeting and sincerity of service from Dan behind the bar was a massive plus and led to numerable more visits than we had originally planned. Sitting at a bar supping local beer, listening to Wish You Were Here (both sides) on vinyl and chatting to a really friendly, interesting guy with local knowledge is pretty close to bliss for me and I'm sure most people of a certain age. Then we met Ian, the owner and chef. I hope he won't mind the tag eccentric but he is an absolute gem of a bloke. Listening to him sharing his experiences whilst putting on some of the most obscure pieces of vinyl and drinking an Teallach beer was just two hours of enjoyment. We booked our last night meal there and the food was absolutely delicious. Langoustines, scallops, steaks, real ale and my 15 year old daughter bought an original 1967 Sergeant Pepper vinyl album off Ian as her first piece of vinyl all topped off with a view of a west coast sunset that photos do not do justice to. Ian you have created a most fantastic pub and Dan you are up there in the echelons of top blokes and you helped make our holiday a bit more special, thank you.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Lovely food, Awesome Hosts.. great view..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Sat and watched the sun set - whilst eating locally caught fish... my mouth is watering thinking about it...

Visited March 2013
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Edinburgh
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great wee find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Went for lunch on the way to the Melvaig lighthouse. Thoroughly enjoyed the fish cakes and sirloin sandwich on offer from the lunch menu. Dinner here on an evening against a sunset would be great. Short walk down the hill is stone/pebble beach.

Amazed that we found such an interesting place in what really is the middle of no where. The owner told us all about his sixties jukebox which he has to try and keep running himself by taking instructions on the phone from a technician based in England who won't travel to the highlands any more! More fool him for not travelling.

Visited April 2013
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Cambridge
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“simple food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Simple food at the end of the road - great atmosphere with excellent (classical) music playing in the background. Large wood burning and a very homely impression. The food was simple (fish cakes) reasonably priced (lunch time only, dinner may be different). Excellent views across the bay.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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