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Three Chimneys (Isle of Skye)
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Three Chimneys (Isle of Skye)
Date: 24/03/01, updated on 04/01/10 (319 review reads)
Advantages: Wondeful food and accommodation.
The Three Chimneys restaurant on the Isle of Skye can be found on the north west coast. This world famous restaurant with rooms is in a remote and spectacular setting overlooking Loch Dunvegan.
The Three Chimneys is owned and run by the Spear family. Shirley is a top chef and has won many awards including the Macallan Taste of Scotland in 1998 and the Drambuie Scottish Chefs Award in 1999. She was also one of fifty top chefs chosen to prepare the banquet at the opening of the Scottish Parliament. Husband Eddie is a wine expert and serves in the bar and restaurant and daughter Sarah is one of the three receptionists.
This is a converted crofters cottage with log fires and a cosy atmosphere, much needed in our early March stay. Dinner offers a selection from a four course menu. The prices are set depending on whether you have 2 courses (£24.00), 3 courses (£30.00) or 4 courses (£34.95). There are also a number of seafood specialities which if chosen incur a supplement. These include Loch Dunvegan langoustines, Skye oysters and Skye lobster. Beef, game, lamb and vegetarian options are also on offer.
What I particularly liked about this place is that all the food is either locally produced or home made. The fish is caught on Skye, the beef from the highlands and even the organic salad is grown in nearby Glendale. There was a choice of home made bread..parmesan, potato and herbs, rum and fruit or just plain wholemeal. During my two night stay I tried them all and they were delicious.
The wine list is extensive and covers New World and traditional regions of France. I thought that Eddie has chosen really interesting wines which he said he had bought from small growers. There are three red and white house recommendations at a cost of £15.00 per bottle. These were excellent.
As well as the wines there is every kind of liquer and being Scotland a vast range of whiskies. These include a thirty year old Macal
len at £9.95 a shot!
The rooms are situated in the house next door, suitably called "The House Over-By". They are absolutely wonderful and in complete contrast to the restaurant. No half measures here: five star facilities with floor to ceiling windows with views of the loch. Scandanavian decor with wooden floors, pine furniture and CD player. I found the room exceptionally comfortable, airy anf light. No stuffiness here.
Breakfast is taken in the House Over-By. Here we watched seals sunbathing while otters played in the stream adjacent to the house. The breakfast menu reads "continental". I was expecting the usual bread rolls and jam but was pleasantly surprised to find plenty of fresh fruit, porridge with cream and local cheeses. On the next table smoked salmon, venison and duck!!! Personally I can't eat such rich food so early and chose the excellent fruit salad followed by home made croissants and bread.
The cost of staying in the rooms was £63.00 per person per night. However as a winter break special if you book two consecutive nights with dinner you will receive a 10% discount. I thought our stay was excellent value.
Our two night stay here was a relaxing and rewarding experience. We ate well, slept well and enjoyed wonderful wild life and scenery.
For anyone touring Scotland, I suggest that you add the Isle of Skye to your itinery and further more eat, stay or both at the sensational Three Chimneys. You won't be disappointed.
Summary: Restaurant with rooms