Great food, fine wines and a lo­ca­tion with stun­ning scenic views

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

FOR the best of West Coast pro­duce, fresh and won­der­ful flavours, served in a stun­ning set­ting, look no fur­ther than Loch Melfort Ho­tel and Res­tau­rant. Loch Melfort is sit­u­ated by Ar­d­u­aine Point, next to Ar­d­u­aine Gar­dens, and has di­rect ac­cess to the beach, where you can take a diges­tive stroll by the sea af­ter a lovely meal. You can dine in the ho­tel’s 2AA Rosette Asknish Bay res­tau­rant (evenings) or the more in­for­mal Chart­room II Bistro (open all day for re­fresh­ments and drinks, as well as lunch and din­ner ser­vice). Both have di­rect sea views and you won’t fail to be taken in by the amaz­ing scenery, look­ing out over the Sound of Jura and the In­ner He­brides be­yond. Loch Melfort is pas­sion­ate about good food and fine wine and this is re­flected in a menu that makes the most of Argyll pro­duce and for­aged sum­mer in­gre­di­ents. The Chart­room II Bistro is a re­laxed bar and res­tau­rant with an em­pha­sis on fresh lo­cal seafood, although meat lovers also get plenty of choice. It boasts a strong wine list and some ex­cel­lent lo­cal ales and draught beers. The home-made ice- creams and bak­ing make it an ex­cel­lent choice for fam­i­lies with a play area next to the ter­race and our friendly lo­cal res­i­dents – the hens and High­land cows. Asknish Bay Res­tau­rant of­fers a won­der­ful din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in com­fort­able but more for­mal sur­round­ings. The sea­sonal menu de­liv­ers op­tions that com­bine tra­di­tional dishes us­ing modern tech­niques, with a range of lo­cally for­aged in­gre­di­ents from the woods and the sea, that will surely de­light food lovers from home and abroad. Choos­ing from the a la carte or table d’hôte menu and with a beau­ti­ful wine list, a meal here is a lovely ex­pe­ri­ence you won’t for­get in a hurry. Loch Melfort looks for­ward to wel­com­ing you this sum­mer.

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