Spean Bridge

The Oban Times - - Districts -

THE Smiddy House in Spean Bridge has been awarded two AA rosettes for culi­nary ex­cel­lence for the 11th year run­ning.

Own­ers Robert Bryson and Glen Rus­sell have also main­tained their four-star gold sta­tus with both the AA and VisitS­cot­land for their ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The AA awards rosettes for con­sis­tency, pre­ci­sion in cook­ing and also qual­ity of in­gre­di­ents, and they only con­sider around 10 per cent of restau­rants na­tion­wide to be of a high enough qual­ity to be de­serv­ing of one rosette or above.

The cou­ple have been run­ning the restau­rant and ac­com­mo­da­tion since 2003 and Mr Rus­sell at­tributes their suc­cess­ful main­te­nance of such high stan­dards down to hard work.

He said: ‘It shows com­mit­ment and it’s very im­por­tant that we have main­tained con­sis­tency over the past 11 years.

‘ We sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses as much as pos­si­ble and this is re­flected in our menus.

‘Us­ing the skill in the kitchen, we try to show­case sea­son­al­ity and the menu is reg­u­larly re­viewed.

‘The award demon­strates our tech­ni­cal abil­ity in the prepa­ra­tion and de­liv­ery of lo­cal pro­duce.’

He added: ‘We are ob­vi­ously de­lighted to be able to con­tinue and be con­sis­tent in de­liv­er­ing a qual­ity prod­uct.

‘We are one of only a few es­tab­lish­ments in Lochaber that have two rosettes.’

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