The ultimate gourmet pilgrimage to Apple Cross, a village resided by only around 200 people on the west coast of Scotland is not particularly easy. But adopting Michelin Guide’s philisophy of “making a special visit” to restaurants that are good, I am confident that foodies will find the journey to Apple Cross worth all the effort. Here, you can get some of the best seafood in Scotland. As you can see from the map below, to get to Apple Cross, essentially a bay with one inn and a few houses, travellers will have to pass through rough mountain roads. However, the journey, although long, will reward its travellers with stunning scenery.
Apple Cross Inn is the only inn in Apple Cross albeit a very famous one. They do not have the decoration and establishment of fine dining. Some of the rooms they provide are not even en suite. It’s essentially a pub and a guest house. Owner of numerous awards and being included in the Michelin Guide recommendation, Apple Cross Inn is famous for its food. They serve the freshest seafood you can get. My favourites are langustines, which they call Apple Cross Bay prawns, obtained directly from the bay just outside the inn and hand-dived scallops. The less the scallops travel and being moved about, the better quality they can be. You can’t get any better juicy scallops anywhere else, not even in many of those Michelin-starred restaurants!
Apple Cross Inn does not only serve brilliant fresh seafood, their meat selection is equally good: venison and lamb. We came with different food-lovers including other restaurant owners to this place. They were all very impressed. One winter when the daylight was short and by 4:30pm, everywhere was dark. We started to eat and went through almost everything on the menu until 10pm – no carnal joy on earth was greater than this !