Surprising on two counts - First, that it exists at all. This is a seriously remote pub, eight miles from the nearest village in remote Wester Ross in the remote Highlands of Scotland. The Inn stands in the small crofting community of Melvaig, with a resident population of maybe 100...? Secondly, the BIG surprise greets you as you open the door. Wow! Maybe I shouldn't say too much, or I'll spoil the surprise... but I'll just mention the word 'collections', and add 'robot toys', '60s car badges' and 'vinyl records' (Lots and lots and LOTS of vinyl records), and there's more... The whole lot is housed in a warm and friendly barn of a bar and restaurant. The bar serves a few Scottish ales. Locals meet here to drink, eat and chat. That might not be too much of a surprise, as there really is no-where else for them to go, but the atmosphere is warm, welcoming and very friendly.
Our visit was on the last day of everyday opening prior to the winter season, when the inn will only be open at weekends. For this reason, the dinner menu was limited. However, I suspect the quality of food we experienced will be much the same any time of year, just that there may be greater choice in summer. Having said that, I enjoyed an excellent main course of venison medallions, and my wife was full of praise for the locally made fish cakes. But...the chips were the frozen plastic-bag oven-chip variety, and the salads unexciting. So - unsurprising pub food, and (in our opinion) priced fairly at £12 to £15 for our main courses.
Service, though, was slow. There were only half or dozen or so other people eating in the restaurant while we were there, but our meals still took some half hour to arrive after ordering.
To sum up - would we eat there again? Yes, certainly. Would we recommend it to others? Again, yes - but don't expect fine dining - the Melvaig Inn is a pub, and a most surprising one at that!