Restau­rant Re­view: The Wineport

Robert Wight takes a trip across the wa­ter to the beau­ti­ful is­land of Ar­ran to sam­ple some of the ar­eas de­li­cious gas­tro­nomic de­lights...

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With qual­ity in­gre­di­ents, it’s hard to go wrong and with a larder as ex­cep­tional as Ar­ran’s, The Wineport’s al­ways onto a win­ner of­fer­ing sim­ple, hearty, whole­some, home­made fare made us­ing the best lo­cal and Scot­tish pro­duce. Sit­u­ated at the foot of Goat­fell, it’s a per­fect stop-off for hun­gry hik­ers. We opted for lunch in the beer gar­den, a real sun-trap. The menu boasts “yes­ter­day’s soup” – it’s al­ways bet­ter the sec­ond day – but it seemed too warm for Scotch Broth. I went straight for the main – a warm goats’ cheese and pine nut salad. My part­ner did the same, but chose the Ar­ran hot smoked salmon salad. The fresh­ness and qual­ity was ob­vi­ous and we de­voured our food, served in funky, slant­ing bowls. If ever I re­strict my­self to two cour­ses, one’s al­ways a dessert. Tough to choose from the scrummy-look­ing se­lec­tion of home­made cakes and pud­dings. In the end, we both went for a tra­di­tional Vic­to­ria sponge, but with the cheeky ad­di­tion of a scoop of home­made salted caramel ice cream. The sponge was de­light­ful – fluffy and light. And as for that salted caramel... heav­enly!

SER­VICE

Fan­tas­tic. Staff are friendly, en­thu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate about Ar­ran and its pro­duce.

AM­BI­ENCE

Very in­for­mal and wel­com­ing. It’s all about re­lax­ing and en­joy­ing your food and drink and is a great venue to chill with friends.

VALUE FOR MONEY

Su­perb. Lob­ster Tues­day is a hit with lo­cals – lo­cally caught half-lob­ster with chips, salad and a glass of wine, all for £18.50. A typ­i­cal main course is £11.

FA­CIL­I­TIES

Bistro-style in­doors, with a larger ‘over-spill’ hall and am­ple beer gar­den for bet­ter weather.

The Wineport Bar – Bistro, Cladach, Brod­ick, Isle of Ar­ran, KA27 8DE T: 01770 302 101 | W: www.wineport.co.uk

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