Swine and Cheese

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The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye

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Neale and I have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing holiday in the most stunning cottage in Plockton. We went with my sister, cousin and their spouses for what turned out to be a week long walking, drinking and fishing competition! The girls won the fishing by the way. Plockton is really sweet and a great place to stay with three pubs, three restaurants, a fish & chip kiosk, several shops and a post office. The kiosk and post office shared the same opening hours, minimal ie. two(!) which were whenever we weren’t around it seemed. Our cottage was right on the waters edge with the most stunning views and even better had been done out beautifully, no shag pile carpet or musty smells anywhere, just the sort of place you wished you could live in full time. Strangely I did find myself agreeing with a visitor to Plockton on Callum’s seal and dolphin spotting trip (highly recommended – we saw both) who said how they really didn’t rate Plockton as a tourist destination for a day trip and neither would I. It was great as a base because it was so pretty and had all you needed but not much else for a day out.

Situated just up the road from the beautiful Eilean Donan castle of BBC logo fame, Plockton was just round the corner from the Kyle of Lochalsh from where you could drive over the bridge to Skye. My sister had pre-booked the Three Chimneys on Skye for a lunch thinking it was just up the road! Surprising considering she got an A for geography and did town planning but then that might explain a lot. We had all wanted to visit the restaurant having read various reviews over the years so off we set. An hour and a quarter later we arrived on an incredibly isolated peninsula with the most beautiful views, with seals sunbathing on the exposed rocks just off shore.

The restaurant has been run by the same family for about twenty years we were informed by the really lovely staff. They have always used local produce in season and the menu reflected this. The starters ranged from Asparagus and Ramson (wild garlic) soup to my starter of Charred Blade and Tongue of Lochalsh Beef with Tattie Scone, Celeriac Slaw, Pickled Walnuts and Onions – divine. My main course was the Bourride of West Coast Hake, Monkfish, Razor Clams and Squid with Crushed Jersey Royals, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Sorrel and Neale’s the Seafood Platter with Loch Dunvegan Prawns, Dressed Drumfearn Mussels, Seared Sconser King Scallops, Loch Harport Oysters, Potted Colbost Crab and Winkles with salads.

The puddings were equally delicious. I had the Hot Toddy Parfait with Rhubarb and Aniseed Brittle to finish. Cost for three courses was £35. My cousin in law, Tony, who lives and works in London didn’t feel the food was as clever as in the best London restaurants or the flavours as intense but I think he chose badly always going for the very rich, heavy dishes. For myself I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch. Would I recommend this place? You bet and only fourteen hours drive from London!

The blade of beef

The Hake

The awesome seafood platter

Hot Toddy parfait

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