The seafood platter at Glenegedale House, Islay
Arriving at Glenegedale House, Islay's exclusive 5* Gold B&B, feels like coming home.
You'll walk into the comfortable sitting room and be welcomed by hosts Emma and Graeme, whose hospitality is second to none. This small but perfectly-formed Bed & Breakfast is the accommodation highlight of the Isle of Islay, in our opinion.
In the dining room, you'll be settled at a table with views out to the airport and to the beach and sea beyond. This is one of the best places on the island to watch the sunset in spring and summer, and in autumn and winter guests have even been known to spot the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) dancing during their meal.
Glenegedale House offers guests a three-course evening meal each evening, with a menu using the freshest of local ingredients combined using the hosts' skill, sensitivity and passion for fine food to make absolutely delicious meals.
The highlight of their menu, though, is the now-famous seafood platter, which Emma puts together using the fresh catch of a number of different local fisherfolk. The fish is caught in the island's waters first thing in the morning, hand-delivered to the B&B by the early afternoon, lovingly prepared and presented on a platter for dinner. The spread is an absolutely stunning one - it varies according to season and availability, but you can expect scallops, crab, lobster, salmon and much, much more, all beautifully presented alongside fresh bread, salad and slices of lemon. This is one of the most memorable meals we've ever experienced in Scotland, and it could not be more fresh or more local.
Usually, dining at Glenegedale is available to residents only, but sometimes they host an Islay Supper Club event, and on rare occasions they can accommodate non-residents with prior notice. We highly recommend a stay here (their breakfast is absolutely amazing...), but you'll need to be quick as they've only got 4 rooms!
The platters and main courses can be adapted to most dietary requirements on request and with prior notice.