The Arch Inn is rather under-rated to be honest, and this is slightly unfair, as they do serve fantastic grub. The pub itself is quite small, creating a cosy atmosphere, while the service is excellent.
As for the food, the choice isn't huge, being restricted to 4 different starters, 5 main courses (Seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes), and 3 desserts. But portions are very generous, and incredibly tasty.
Favorite Dish: 10oz Sirloin Steak, served with mushrooms, chips, tomato and onion rings. Cooked Med-rare (Cooked to perfection, i might add). All this for 15 pounds. Yummy!
I did love the Gaelic translation Am Bocsa Eisg a very pretty bar from the outside with its red fence and lovely windows. Inside was cosy in the little bar with nicely laid out tables and benched tables by the windows. In the middle of the bar they have a stove type log fire which heats this place nicely on all four sides. The staff are friendly and helpful and the Gairloch locals are always up for a chat.
Favorite Dish: We only had coffee here as it was still early in the day. The coffee was very welcome and served to our table. I nearly fainted when the barman said without flinching and with a smile that will be £5.00 please!! We did check out their menu and surprisingly main courses were between £8.00 and £10.00 Oh well maybe just an expensive brand of coffee here.
Staying in self catering accommodation doesn't mean you have to cook I do this enough at home. We had two takeaway meals while away one from the Chippy and one from The Jade House Chinese takeaway. Although we had to travel the three miles into Ullapool, this wasn't a problem for us, we usually have to travel eight miles at home. After long days travelling and sightseeing this makes for a good and easy evening meal.
Favorite Dish: Both takeaways had the usual assortment of food to chose from. We obviously chose the fish and chips - local fresh fish cooked to perfection. From the Jade House I had fried beef with onion in an oyster sauce Kenny's choice was chicken in organge sauce rice was included in the price.
The dining room in the Caledonian Hotel is large and uninspiring with little in the way of detail, flowers or decor. We had a drink in the comfy and cosy bar area before our meal and thought it a good place to eat not realising the meal would be served elsewhere.
Favorite Dish: The Caladonian is a large tourist hotel, open to non residents, which offers a set menu of 2 or 3 courses. There are three options on all courses - we had roast turkey with all the usual trimmings and three flavour ice cream. Service was quick and efficient if a little impersonal.
Everything about this restaurant is good. The service, the menu, the food, the atmosphere... One suggestion: Don't go eat to late... The live music downstairs generally starts at 10pm, and the music comes straight up through the floor! In the last few years, the Seaforth has won awards for their Take Away, 2 awards for the standard of their Seafood, and been awarded the best pub in the UK award (i'm quite proud of that one... i was Assistant manager when we got it :-P)
Favorite Dish: the Surf n Turf ain't on the menu any more, but the Sirloin steak is also great! 10oz, with mushrooms, onion rings and chips, and a pepper sauce on top. Could do with a salad to add some color, but the taste is awesome!
This also isn't a very big restaurant, having only about 25 tables or so. It's got a very relaxed atmosphere, and we were made to feel comfortable straight away (it could be cause we knew the staff & manager though... hmmm). Anyway, the food was fantastic, though the service was a little bit... missing, at times. The price was also very reasonable. For a starter, 2 mains, and a bottle of wine i paid about 35 pounds.
Favorite Dish: The Seafood Pasta! A generous portion of Tagliatelle smothered in a Seafood sauce, with whole Mussels, Prawn tails, Scallops and other Fishy things... Aaah, bliss.
My Girlfriend tried the Chicken, and declared it was to her liking as well.
Relaxed atmosphere, good 'pub' food plus some seafood. It's also a friendly place for a pint in the evening, even for a single woman to go to. It's within stumbling distance of the ferry which is perfect.
Favorite Dish: Dressed crab.
The Seaforth is the most visible restaurant in Ullapool. There weren't too many choices, so we ate here in the upstairs dining room. The food was OK, but nothing to write home about. The pub downstairs might have been more fun.
In Scotland you are never far away from the nearest whisky destillery , this place captured my attension because they advertised on the outside " More than 100 single malt whisky brands". I were never were able to try them all , so I can`t tell if they really had more than 100 brands , but they sure had a large assortment.
If you are just passing through and want a quick lunch treat yourself to some of the best fish and chips in the country from the Chippy
Favorite Dish: Large haddock, chips and peas