No. 29

29 Gallowgate Rothesay Isle of Bute PA20 0HR

The once grand old resort of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute is a bit rundown these days, but there are signs of new life in this once world-famous Victorian holiday dame. In Summer 2012 a smart new restaurant bravely opened its doors, daring to be creative with the finest of Bute’s bountiful fresh produce. The dining space is cosy and relaxed, with a small team trying to do something genuinely different. Soggy fish suppers are off the menu – though they do a ‘posh fish and chips' with local haddock and mint puree – to be replaced by the likes of open ravioli spiced with Bute seaweed. Mains feature the excellent local lamb and beef, with the highlight pan fried langoustines and chunky king scallops left to speak for themselves. For now they are BYOB, making this wee island treat even better value.