Mull couple make a splash at food awards

The Oban Times - - News -

A MULL couple are rid­ing on the crest of a wave af­ter win­ning restau­rant of the year for the sec­ond time in three years at the High­lands and Is­lands Food and Drink Awards.

John and Carla La­mont, who own the Ninth Wave Restau­rant in Fion­nphort, won the award last month at the event in In­ver­ness, hosted by co­me­dian Fred Ma­cAulay.

The en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly restau­rant takes its name from Celtic sea mythol­ogy, where the ‘land of other-worldly de­lights’ be­gins at the ninth wave.

Carla ex­plained: ‘Ninth Wave is a des­ti­na­tion or­ganic seafood restau­rant on the wild Isle of Mull. Menu in­gre­di­ents are picked fresh from our kitchen gar­den or seven-acre He­bridean croft.

‘John, a lo­cal fish­er­man him­self, will not only catch your lob­ster and crab on his wee fish­ing boat, the Son­sie, but will also be your waiter and wine stew­ard for the evening.

‘In an in­dus­try where words like ‘fresh­est’, ‘lo­cal’ and ‘prove­nance’ are used with an­noy­ing and in­creas­ing fre­quency – and some­times ques­tion­able ac­cu­racy – we feel we stand a cut above. ‘ Fresh’ means lob­sters brought in, live in a bucket an hour be­fore ser­vice by the fish­er­man- owner, and where ‘for­aged’ means hand­picked­with- care by the chef on the restau­rant croft that day.’ Ninth Wave has helped put Mull firmly on the food map since it was opened at the height of the re­ces­sion in 2009 by the hus­band and wife team, and first won the cov­eted award in 2013.

The restau­rant beat five other en­tries, in­clud­ing Miche­lin-starred Eriskay Ho­tel and The White­house, Lo­ca­line, to win.

Carla added: ‘The con­test was fierce and we were sur­prised to hear our name an­nounced. Sup­ported by our un­beat­able staff, we have tried very hard to keep our stan­dards up, and en­deav­oured to im­prove ev­ery year.’

John and Carla La­mont with their award, cen­tre. They are

pic­tured with co­me­dian Fred Ma­cAulay, far left.

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