Despite its owner’s surly demeanor, Cromlix – Andy Murray’s hotel and restaurant – radiates nothing but warmth. Inside the turreted Victorian house, interiors speak a sophisticated language: a gold-leafed bar is offset by duck-egg blue walls and around bronze-trimmed Scandi-style tables sit sumptuous royal blue and mustard chairs. Through to the dining room, glass walls serve only to enhance the vivid, yet pared-back décor.
Food comes courtesy of Albert Roux, and although tricky to pinpoint, his offerings nod primarily to the French ingredients for which Windermere’s Greywalls is lauded, but also to the two-Michelin starred finesse of La Gavroche.
Open plan and theatrical, artful creations whizz out of the kitchen in quick succession. On the à la carte menu, the rainbow vegetable salad with pork belly, and the Ghia halibut doused in a parsley sauce, accompanied by a smoked salmon studded cous cous, are sensational standouts.
Top table: From any table there are beautiful views of rolling hills and wandering pheasants so there’s no chance of drawing the short straw.
Dress code: Although nobody will bicker over jeans, we suggest slacks and a crisp shirt.
Cromlix Hotel, Kinbuck, Nr. Dunblane
01786 822 125