Bute Dining Options

Here are a selection of restaurants, cafés and bistros with distances from Highlander House provided, links to menus where available and the type of fare offered.


(Closest to Highlander House)

Glenburn Hotel - (0.2 miles east of us) Avoid the 82 steps by taking the side road). New chef Colin Masson has transformed dining. New menu featuring: lamb shank, venison burger, scampi, veggie burger, gnocchi, lasagna, venison casserole, veggie curry and a very interesting and super tasty black pudding, peppercorn sauce dish. No doubt in our minds that the Glenburn now offers the best dining on Bute! No reservations. Click here for menu

Kettledrum (0.2 miles towards town) Open until 8pm. Casual dining - fish & chips, scampi, burgers and home-made pies. 01700-502342 (menu)

Gather Deli (0.2 miles towards town). New and exciting deli offering lunch and dinners in an exquisitely decorated venue. Concentration on high quality local products in the filled rolls and bagels at lunchtime and superb cheese platters at dinner time.

Black Bull Inn - (0.3 miles toward town). The menu is included in your guest room folder. It's advisable to book a table (01700-505838) on weekends. Wildly erratic weekday closing times depending on whim and circumstance. Safe bet is Friday/Saturday (menu)

The Esplanade - (0.4 miles in town, other side of Guildford Square). Past guest favourites include the chicken breast curry. Daily specials mounted on window. Reservations: 01700-502001

Ambience Café - 0.4 miles in town opposite the Discovery Centre. No frills café dining. The steak pie (with proper pastry base, Ayrshire potatoes and vegetables) is a favourite.

Jade Garden - (0.5 miles, in town, Gallowgate). Popular Chinese restaurant. Huge servings. (menu)

Bute Yard - (0.5 miles, in town, past the Castle, opposite the Police Station). The site of Rothesay's monthly Sunday market. Regular Friday pop-up pizza nights. Various visiting chefs with differing cuisines tantalise visitors with their pop-up kitchens during the tourist season. Click the link provided to see what's on.

Further afield:

Caledonian Bistro - For something a little different. An eclectic menu including Moroccan tagines, Green Thai curry (chicken or veg), Japanese curry, fishcakes and tapas. Click the link above to visit the Facebook page to see table availability and make a reservation. Perhaps call ahead if something interests you on the menu because certain dishes are often unavailable Ph:07503 549966

Kingarth Hotel - (7 miles south) delivers consistently good dining. 01700-831662

Colintraive Hotel - (9 miles north to Rhubodach ferry). Excellent dining. Cosy atmosphere. Catch the bus to the ferry and bus (check timetable)/cab back or leave your car at the ferry parking. Take the wee ferry. The hotel is a couple hundred yards. Advisable to book: 01700-841207 (menu)