10 great places to eat on a trip to Inveraray

Inveraray is a handsome town in a truly memorable setting on the banks of Loch Fyne. There are loads of things to see and do, from exploring Inveraray Jail and Inveraray Castle to browsing the great independent shops. What’s more, the town is packed with great places to eat and drink. So whether you fancy refuelling with fish and chips, coffee and cake or a special dinner featuring Argyll’s finest produce, the eateries of Inveraray will hit the spot.

1. Inveraray Castle
If you’re looking for tea and cake, then you can’t beat the Castle Tearoom at Inveraray Castle. Run personally by the Duchess, it offers a mouth-watering menu using local ingredients. Indulge in some excellent home-baking, prepared locally using traditional recipes, or tuck into a light lunch of soup, sandwiches, salads and other snacks. There are some lovely walks in the castle grounds if you need to work up an appetite (or perhaps walk off some cake!)

2. The Loch Fyne Hotel
This hotel overlooking Loch Fyne is a great option for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. The Clansman Restaurant is formal yet relaxed, and local ingredients feature on the menu, including Loch Fyne oysters and mussels. For something more informal, you can enjoy bar meals, light snacks or afternoon tea in the lounge, where food is available from 10am until 9pm each day.

3. Samphire
This small seafood restaurant is one of Inveraray’s top places to eat. It specialises in local seafood and serves up lots of Loch Fyne’s lovely shellfish. Try the fresh langoustines and melt-in-the-mouth lemon sole complemented by a chilled bottle of white. Heaven.

4. The George Hotel
This lively, family-friendly pub in the heart of Inveraray is full of character with original solid flag-stoned floors, roaring log fires and a beer garden. It also serves up fantastic food, with an emphasis on using local meat and seafood, including Loch Fyne salmon. It’s not fine dining, but it’s excellent pub grub served with a smile! There’s also a fine selection of real ales and whiskies. Food is served from noon to 9pm.

5. Brambles Café & Bistro
Brambles is an Inveraray institution and sits in the centre of town. It has a relaxed, inviting, warm atmosphere and you’ll find delicious home-cooked food and home baking on the menu. The cakes and scones are heavenly! Just watch out for that banoffee pie…

6. Edinburgh Woollen Mill
This is another great option for lunch. Located on Front Street by the entrance to Inveraray Castle, the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Anvil Tearoom serves up home-cooked hot food, vibrant salads, freshly made baguettes and delicious cakes.

7. The Cottage Restaurant
It’s well worth seeking out this fabulous little eatery, which you’ll find down a quiet, sleepy lane off Main Street in the centre of Inveraray. Expect traditional Scottish food for both lunch and dinner.

8. Mr Pia’s
For freshly fried fish and chips, head to Mr Pia’s on Main Street, then wander outside and enjoy the views of Loch Fyne as you tuck into your take-away!

9. Ban-diuc Indian Restaurant
And for something a bit different, Inveraray has a great Indian restaurant that also provides take-away. They offer freshly prepared authentic Indian food using local produce, fresh herbs and carefully selected whole spices.

10. Sweet Memories
If you just want a sweet treat, then pop into Sweet Memories on Main Street. This old-fashioned sweetie shop is full of every sweet imaginable! What’s more, they’re weighed straight from the jar. Soor Plooms anyone?

Find out more about things to see and do in Inveraray, Knapdale, Kilmartin & Crinan.