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