I had friends visiting from West Yorkshire and wanted them to experience some Highland Ceilidh music and this was the only venue on the Ceilidh tour that coincided with my itinerary, which also included The Signet tour of Glen Morangie distillery , just down the road in the afternoon.
I booked to make sure we got in and we arrived early. Ian, the "Chef Patron" was busy setting up and welcomed us in. Whilst waiting, we discussed the menu contents with Ian (on the move) and changed our minds several times on what we were going to eat simply because of his mouth watering descriptions of the sourcing, preparation and flavours of each item.
Being completely honest I can't remember what we had for starters, except to say that one of my guests had the belly of pork and kept raving about it (my mouth still waters when I remember Ian's passion about its preparation), but I do remember the mains. Two of us had 12oz ribeye steaks and the lady had lamb and we all agreed that the meats were cooked to perfection and were possibly the tastiest we have ever experienced. We are all in our 60's, so we have eaten quite a lot of good food. My friends wanted to go back the next night, but I had booked a meal in Thurso for that night.
The Ceilidh entertainment was fantastic, the Bistro was steady to busy all the time we were there and Ian was the finest of hosts.
I was in the licensed trade for 20 years previously and rate this as a well run confident business, with food to die for - TDF!
This Bistro is 55 miles from home, but the occasional drive out will be worth it.
I have another visitor coming from The Isle of Wight soon and will definitely be booking a meal at The Crannag for her to experience.
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