CHEF’SCHOICE

Scottish Field - - RESTAURANT REVIEW -

Paul Leonard, Head Chef at The Isle of Eriska in Ar­gyll, chooses his six favourite restau­rants.

THE TAYNUILT ETIVE RESTAU­RANT WITH ROOMS, TAYNUILT

When I’ve got a night off this is where I go. You’re al­ways get great wine and lovely lo­cally pro­duced food. The restau­rant is quite new, but it gets bet­ter each time we go. www.taynuiltho­tel.co.uk, 01866 822437

BAR­LEY BREE, MUTHILL, CRI­EFF

We lived in Cri­eff when I worked with An­drew Fair­lie at Gle­nea­gles. I had Sun­days off so we would go here. It was al­ways a belt­ing Sun­day lunch. A great lo­cal restau­rant run by Ali­son and Fabrice Bouteloupe. bar­ley­bree.com, 01764 681451

NORN, ED­IN­BURGH

There’s a lot of Nordic style here and it’s very in­ven­tive. It is one to watch. It’s only been open around a year but ev­ery-thing about the meal we had was good. In Leith you have the big boys in Martin Wishart and Tom Kitchin and for me Norn is go­ing to be one of them. norn­restau­rant.com, 0131 629 2525

THE GANNET, GLAS­GOW

When we’re in Glas­gow we al­ways go here. On Sun­days they do an amaz­ing deal which is three cour­ses and a glass of fizz for £30. The food is in­ven­tive. It’s re­ally fly­ing at the mo­ment, which is good to see. www.the­gan­net­gla.com, 0141 204 2081

THE HOEBRIDGE INN, GATTONSIDE

This Borders inn has re­cently been re­fur­bished and the food is pretty sim­ple. Last time I was there I had a re­ally good monk­fish masala. You know what you’re get­ting and that’s good food that can be en­joyed with the fam­ily. www.the­hoe­bridge.com, 01896 823082

DELIVINO, CRI­EFF AND AUCHTER­ARDER

A lit­tle Ital­ian deli with wood-fired piz­zas, shar­ing char­cu­terie boards and a great wine list. It’s all home cooked, nice food and per­fect for a spot of lunch. When we lived in Cri­eff this was al­ways where I would go for lunch or just a great cof­fee. www.delivino.co.uk, 01764 655655 (Cri­eff) or 01764 660033 (Auchter­arder)

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