In the UK we don't tend to expect much from station cafes, but the Lochaber Cafe at Fort William station was a pleasant surprise. The even serve proper tea (made from loose tea, not teabags).
Although we only had drinks here, they had a tempting array of scones and cakes, and also serve breakfasts and an interesting range of light lunch options. Haggis panini, anyone?
For £5.95, they will also do you a packed lunch (ham, cheese, egg or tuna filled roll; chocolate bar, crisps, cake and a drink).
Cafe 115 is a fairly typical cafe, offering hot drinks, snacks and light meals (soups, sandwiches, baked potatoes etc. and some heartier options such as freshly battered fish and chips).
We went back here two days running for lunch, as it was so good.
Favorite Dish: The Cullen Skink (a soup made from smoked haddock), which is absolutely heavenly. It may not look the most appetising thing you have ever tried, but trust me, it is really delicious.
A cauliflower soup from the specials board was also very good.
The Crannog Restaurant is right on the town pier - the building is a converted bait shed.
It is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with daily fish specials (there are meat and vegetarian options for non fish-eaters, but frankly, if you don't like fish, this probably isn't the restaurant for you. The fish really is the main event. One of the desserts (a 'double chocolate brownie' which really wasn't a brownie at all) was slightly disappointing.
Lunch from 12-2.30 p.m., dinner fromn 6.00 p.m.
Favorite Dish: We both chose main courses from the specials board. I had cod on cheddar mash with asparagus and hollandaise, which was very good (the cheddar mash made all the difference). My husband had a very fishy combination of plaice wrapped round salmon, served on a smoked haddock risotto.
The Ben Nevis is a pub with restaurant seating upstairs. The emphasis is on traditional food: steaks, pies and puddings etc.
We were tempted in by the offer of rabbit suet pudding, hwhich my husband ordered. I went for the trio of mini pies (steak and ale; chicken and mushroom; ham and wholegrain mustard). They both came with mashed potatoes, carrots and savoy cabbage.
We just managed to find room for dessert of chocolate fudge cake and sticky toffee pudding respectively.
The bill for two came to £30.
I thoroughly recommend it - but take care to work up an appetite first!
Favorite Dish: The trio of pies was absolutely delicious. I can also recommend the sticky toffee pudding, which was surprisingly light.
Why call an restaurant Everest when you are the foot of Ben Nevis?
On a miserable September luch time we popped into this Indian for a warming curry, what a mistake, actually it was so bad it was quite entertaining.
The place was desserted we were seated in the centre of the restaurant which felt particularly lonely. We asked for the gas heaters to be turned on as it was so cold in the restaurant we could see our breath. The poor freezing waiter then immediatley hogged the heater and thanked us for asking for it to be turned on, how tight is the owner if the waiters can't turn heating on for themselves?
We then ordered Lamb Jalfreze (stale old lamb meat, but with enough whole super hot chillies to semi-disguise this), King Prawn Vindaloo ( you could taste the chemical dip used to prolong the shelflife of these also very old prawns), a tiny portion of Pilau rice (£3.75!!!), Spicy Naan (microwave job) and two Cobra Beers (only thing warm in the whole place!). Total £37.95, criminal.
As we picked over this dismall, but thankfully miniscule offering we nearly heated up, that is until both double fire exit doors were wedged open right next to us and a food and beer delivery was slowly dragged in and dropped in piles on the floor. We left before they had finished this slowest ever delivery. Why accept a delivery during lunch ours if it is not to come via the back door??
Very, very bad.
New restaurant in Fort William with a nice, cosy interior. The menu is not huge, but nicely varied.
We had lunch and were offered a good selection of sandwiches on various breads, plus soup and more substantial main courses.
Favorite Dish: Side order of nachos - lovely!
We Only went here because we wanted a quick snack and ended up having a right stonking Scottish breakfast. Nevisport is actually an outdoor retail store that also happens to have a bar and a restaurant as well. i was not expecting much but the food was good, piping hot and plentiful as well as being extremley cheap - well recommended if you are on a budget!
Favorite Dish: We had a full Scottish breakfast here - cheap, filling, and satisfying.
Owned and run by the fishermen and their families - the Crannog serves fresh, local fish, to a high standard.
The setting is relaxed, informal but professional. Popular - so book.
The location is on the waters edge - window seats are a premium.
See their Crannog.net website.
Favorite Dish: Anything from their own smokehouse or the local shellfish.
Good wines and breads accompany the fish well.
Summer barbeques outside are well worth sampling too.
The Jack, as called by locals, has not only the reputation as the best pub in town, but has also a restaurant upstairs, serving affordable and decent pub-food. Don't expect anything special, though...
The nickname refers to the Jacobite Bar, the pub area...
My partner and I went there for dinner because we like Scottish music so we were mainly interested in the entertainment.
We found that the food was delicious, the best meal we had in the four days we spent in Fort William.
The live show was nice too.
Favorite Dish: I had venison and my partner had salmon as main courses. Both excellent.
Very fashionable and luxury restaurant situated in the Inverlochy Castle, serves modern Scotish cuisine. Be ready for lots of spoons, forks and knives :) And don't forget about the dress code: jackets and ties are mandatory!
Favorite Dish: You can see it on the picture :)
Located on the pier in Fort William, you can sample fresh local seafood as the sun sets in front of you across the loch