Hotel/Restaurant reviews

Seafood Heaven at Oyster Inn

It was a beautiful September weekend and the sun was shining on my drive through the beautiful Argyll and Highlands countryside and onto Oban . This is always a stunning drive through Loch Lomond and onwards through Crianlarich and today was no exception . The Oyster Inn at Connel is absolutely brilliantly situated overlooking Loch Etive  and views to Mull , Lismore and Morven . The Restuarant is an ideal place to lose yourself and unwind with the views alone - but the food ........ ! On arrival at this small and cosy Inn you are greeted by wooden floors and creels and seafood memorabilia everywhere , no doubting this a place for good seafood . I absolutely loved the decor here and the bar was just fantastic full of character . The rooms are spacious enough and are set at the back of the building with all mod cons and spotlessly clean . This is a 4 Star Inn and the reason in my humble opinion is for the food . I had quite simply some of the best seafood and fish ever served to me in Scotland and not overpriced or over rated . This restuarant is not pretentious, but our young male waiter knew his job inside out and his knowledge not only on the food but the wine and surrounding area should be commended. An absolute credit to the hospitality industry and he should be a shining example on how to treat and serve customers in a dining experience . I digress , My associate had the biggest wooden slab of the biggest and juiciest Langoustines i have seen , whilst i had succulent sea bass served in a thai style soup with noodles . Excellent all round 3 courses were consumed and not rushed . I love love love this place and can not sing its praises high enough. I will be back very soon Oyster Inn at Connel .

Baking with Melanie Andrews

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