Award Winning Food right on Loch Ness
NOTE: This restaurant is located slightly outside of Inverness, approx. 10-15min by car.
The Clansman Hotel & Restaurant is home to the award winning Cobbs Restaurant and Cobbs Coffee House. The restaurant is renowed for their fabulous food - which is why we decided to make a dinner reservation and give it a try!
On our 1st visit we were welcomed by Rory Cameron (the director) on a quiet evening with only a handful of diners in the restaurant. Rory explained that as it was a weekday and also "off season" (March) the restaurant is pretty empty apart from weekends, which suited us fine as we just needed a quiet, relaxing and romantic evening together.
The chef at Cobbs serves generous portions of the finest local produce with a contemporary twist, and they hold an extensive range of fine wines and whiskies to suit all palates and all budgets. The main feature of the restaurant is their gigantic "mirrored wall", which gives all diners the opportunity to keep an eye on any unusual happenings on Loch Ness whilst enjoying their meal... ;-) *
Starters: Soup of the Day (Lentil) with crusty bread £3,25.- and Seafood Chowder with crusty bread £5.25.-
Mains: 10oz prime Scottish Ribeye Steak w/ brandy & peppercorn sauce £14.95.- and Cajun style Salmon fillet with grilled vegetables £12,95.-
Desserts: Rasberry Pavlova £4,95.- and Cobbs famous Bread & Butter Pudding with whisky sauce & cream £5.25.-
By the way, the Cobbs seafood chowder is the BEST I've ever tasted in my life! John said his steak was cooked to a perfect medium, and I was pleased to find that my salmon fillet hadn't been overcooked (a mistake so many restaurants make!) John absolutely loved his dessert and I felt like I was having a naughty affair with mine... it was just so good! Unfortunately though it was also a very rich and heavy bread & butter pudding so I was unable to finish it.
Rory was a perfect host, visiting our table often enough to ensure that all our wishes were catered for, but not too often (as it happens in so many restaurants) as to not become annoyingly attentive. He answered some of our questions about the hotel and the local area and was genuinly interested and glad to help.
We'll definitely be returning to the Clansman whenever we are back in Inverness-shire and the surrounding Highlands.
I can highly recommend this restaurant for a special evening or business dinners.
--> Cobbs did the catering for our wedding at Urquhart Castle in July 2009 at the food & service were all absolutely fantastic! Thanks again, Jane & Rory!
--> UPDATE 2010: We returned for dinner in August 2010 and once again had a fantastic dinner. I actually remembered to take some photos this time & have uploaded them here :-)