Conde Nast Traveller December 2014
Reveiw by Justin Cartwright in Decemeber edition of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine
Jane Stuart-Smith and Sarah Jones started a restaurant in Lochaline close to the water, and named The Whitehouse. At the time (2003) it was difficult to source produce; most of the shellfish was sent straight to Spain and France and it was almost impossible to get hold of any for local consumption, but Sarah and Jane persevered and Ardtornish now supplies the restaurant with beef, lamb and venison. It is also part of the mission to use local materials, so local fishermen have been enlisted and small producers from Mull and Lochaber are favoured. Perhaps most importantly they have employed two talented chefs, Mike Burgoyne and Lee Myers who have very impressive experience in London. Head chef Burgoyne has worked at The Savoy, Claridge's Cafe Royal and Chez Nico. During the long winter they migrate to warmer places. It seems like a perfect arrangement.
An outstanding restaurant has emerged. It is a surprise to find a menu this good in a village on the edge of the known world, serving the finest plaice, beef, scallops, bouillabaisse, langoustines and wonderful puddings. Now yachtsmen from many countries tie up outside and the restaurant has won all sorts of accolades- Best Restaurant in the Highlands and Islands 2012 and runner up best restaurant in Scotland in the Observer Food Awards 2012. I made a note of what we ate one night: ravioli pillows with a lobster sauce; whole, spankingly fresh plaice; wild salmon; "beastie" (which turned out to be beef) and a sensational panna cotta. There were also sorbets of blackcurrents and blaeberries, known south of the boarder as biberries.
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
We forgot to mention we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2015 a few months ago. Thank you to everyone who took the time and reviewed us. Jane.