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“Awesome! Great food and service.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gille Brighde

Gille Brighde
The Old Schoolhouse, Lower Diabaig, Torridon IV22 2HE, Scotland
01445 790245
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Torridon
Cuisines: Scottish
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Uganda
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
“Awesome! Great food and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We visited the Gille Brighdhe Restaurant and Cafe a week or two after it opened. I can not praise the quality of food and atmosphere enough. Aart and Amanda were wonderful hosts and had created a sumptuous dinner menu of local delights including scallops, venison, pork and catch of the day. The wine menu was varied and interesting and the on-tap Loch Ness 80 shilling ale is a must. The ginger chocolate cheese cake and Aart's sticky toffee pudding were divine. We have young children and they have a great children's menu. We were staying in a local holiday cottage and ended up eating there multiple times for lunch and dinner. For non-local residents the drive up to Lower Diabeg and the setting and views outside the restaurant are beautiful. On a sunny day the beer garden offers a spectacular view.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
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England
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Superb food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Have been to Diabaig several times and always thought how nice it would be if there was a bar or restaurant, now it has one and it's superb. Went there a week after opening, reserved 2 days before and got the last table available that evening.

Aart's a very friendly guy and made the atmosphere great. Hand-dived scallop starter with saffron and wild garlic was the best scallop dish I've ever tasted, venison with juniper jus was superb. Even though we weren't hungry after that we had to try the cranachan and that was great too.

Draught beers were from Loch Ness brewery including Light Ness which is a bit like a very high quality lager and very refreshing.

We had to drive an hour each way to get there and it was well worth it. Will make a point of dropping in each time we're in Wester Ross, our new favourite restaurant in the area.

The owners also seem to welcome people just dropping by for a drink too.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Gille Brighde is a fabulous restaurant in the quaint harbour hamlet of Diabaig (Loch Ness the film location). Aart and Amanda are perfect hosts and a warm welcome awaits walkers, cyclists and drivers alike after a scenic journey from Torridon. Open all day from 12pm and able to cater for people wishing a cuppa, a bowl of soup, sandwiches or a more substantial meal. We had lunch, parsnip and apple soup with a sandwich of venison and red currant and mustard on deliciously soft bread. We couldn't resist trying Aart's amazing sticky toffee pudding which was out of this world. Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perthshire
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“A wee gem in Lower Diabaig, Wester Ross”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Read about this place while staying in the Gairloch area.

Having driven around the Applecross peninsula earlier, we travelled to Diabaig from Torridon, a single track road over the Bealach na Gaoithe, one of Scotland's most spectacular passes (used in the movie Loch Ness), arriving at 6.15pm with no reservation! Not too worry, mine hosts Aart and Amanda made us very welcome in this brand new establishment which had only been open for a week and a half!

My wife and I went with the Catch of the Day - lemon roast haddock with prawns done in a light caper and parsley jus, served with roast root veg - light and extremely tasty!

We finished with the Very merry berry and rhubarb cranachan with oats whisky and cream, and the chocolate ginger cheesecake with Tia Maria syrup - all well presented and prepared.

The Restaurant filled to capacity while we were there and had good atmosphere.

Although 'off the beaten track', Gille Brighde is well worth the journey to a very special place in Wester Ross.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“New restaurant with great cooking and ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We went twice during our stay in Diabaig. Both times it was full and the food was excellent. The lovely front of house Dutchman is very welcoming. The fresh fish- langoustine, scallops, haddock were fantastic and well cooked. I also had delicious venison with juniper jus, and a pork and black pudding combination. The Cranachan was lovely too. We had to wait a while the second time - and we were tired after a big mountain walk - but the Loch Ness beer kept us going. I do wish the restaurant every success. Book!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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