The Scottish weekender had fired off to an amazing start with the superb cuisine of Dominic Jack at The Castle Terrace in Edinburgh.All those courses along with matching wines had me knocked out on my hotel bed for the full night. The next morning i had planned a “full Scottish” over at Prestonfield house but my `full to capacity` stomach said no. Instead ,we got back on the road and headed off through the snow and over to Glasgow. I was quite surprised as the journey`s only just over an hour from East coast to West coast. My travelling and dining partner…. and bodyguard “The Laird” was quite shocked that i`d never experienced the West coast and lowlands of Scotland so he decided to take me to see Loch Lomond from the banks of Cameron House. Everything was covered in a light blanket of snow so my first impressions were an open mouthed stare…so beautiful.Then there was Cameron House , a well tucked away Scottish retreat.It rang a little Bell in my head but i just couldn`t make the connection as to the Chef or the Restaurant there.
Inside the house the heat just hit me straight away….Huge log fires ablaze in all of the lounges , Tartans , Stags heads , Walking sticks, infact everything was set out exactly as it would have been all those years ago as a family home.Anyone thinking of doing a double then Prestonfield house is set out in exactly the same way over in Edinburgh so there`s an amazing two night weekend plan paired with Cameron house. So i was there in Loch Lomond, wandering and exploring through the dark pannelled walls of Cameron house when i was suddenly stopped in my tracks.I had stumbled upon the hotel Restaurant ….Oh wow…”You didn`t tell me Martin Wisharts Restaurant was in here” i said to The Laird… “Call yourself a Foodie Gimp” was his reply if i remember correctly. Suddenly i was hungry again…. “Restaurant Martin Wishart at Cameron House on Loch Lomond” ,Ahhhhhhhhhhh , now i remember.
It was 11.45 so we decided on the spot…. A light 3 course lunch for £30…definitely no ALC or chefs Tasting menu as we were booked into The Ubiquitous chip in Glasgow at 6:00 that evening and a Scottish feast was definitely on the cards there.
So……. ” 2 set lunches for 2 please”.
Please note at this point that ” The Laird ” , the very same one that calls me a “Geeky Foodie saddo Gimp” simply for taking photos for my blog decides to also take out his iphone5 and capture photos of our Amuse bouche.With both of us snapping away at our food then the usual questions from the staff began… “Are you in the food business ?” ” do you work for a newspaper ?”………” No…he`s just a Saddo Freaky Geeky Food blogging Gimp”…. I didn`t even have to open my mouth.
Once it had been established that two passionate foodies were dining out in the restaurant and that the Chef and i turned out to be fellow Twitterers , a slight deviation from our “3″ course meal began ……and was i going to complain about that ? …..Never.
Canapes of Haggis Bon Bon , Beetroot Macaroon , Crispy Pig Skin with Quince and Arran Mustard Puree.
Amuse Bouche – Isle of Man bay Scallop Ceviche , Granny Smith Apple , Avocado puree and Yuzu.
Amuse Bouche – Pumpkin Dome , Parmesan Veloute and crispy wild Rice.
Celeriac Veloute with crispy Calf tongue and King Crab.
Risotto of Spelt grain and winter Truffle , Confit of Goosnargh Duck leg. Ballotine of Foie Gras , Almond Praline , Prune puree , Plums and Brioche.
Braised neck of Shetland Lamb , Cocotte Potatoes , Spinach.
Selection of Cheese
Valrhona dark Chocolate tart , Blood Orange and Orange ice cream.
Martin Wishart hand made Chocolates , Salted Caramel , Pistachio , Blackcurrant , Yuzu, Whisky and of course it would be extremely bad mannered and insulting to the pastry chef if we hadn`t sampled one of each flavour.
Many thanks to the wonderful and extremely pleasant crazy Italian Maitre`d , he`s a superstar in the making.The front of house staff and also the very talented Head Chef Graeme Cheevers.We shall return in The Lairds Fire engine ( parked up outside the front door ) for dinner and overnighter on our summer West coast trip soon. Cheers guys.
Just out front of Cameron house there`s a small jetty leading out to the Seaplane. If i remember correctly it was about £100 pp for a trip up the Loch and around the local area.I`m sure it would have been a fantastic experience what with the snowy landscapes but i`m afraid my money goes on the food and drink any day of the week.