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1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Our Highland jaunt 2013: Gairloch and surroundings

Gairloch Bay view across to Skye: view from our hotel

We stayed a couple of nights at the Myrtle Bank Hotel, which is right on the bayside with views out to Skye. It's a comfortable and friendly hotel – we would certainly stay there again if we get to Gairloch again.

If you are in Gairloch then you have to eat at the Na Mara restaurant, which is really excellent and not expensive for the quality. The cooking is brilliantly precise. I had some of the tastiest and perfectly cooked mussels – from Skye – that I have enjoyed for many years and my venison to follow was impeccable. CRM had line caught cod and local scallops both were again perfection. The scallops were wonderfully fresh and even better than those we had eaten the day before at the Applecross Inn.  Carole finished with a classic sticky toffee pudding, which was again excellent with a light not heavy pudding. To drink we enjoyed a bottle of Nico, a red from Setúbal (Portugal) – reasonably priced at £15.95. The restaurant has been going four years and is run by Flo and Stuart – book to avoid disappointment.    

 Loch Airigh Mhic Criahe (above and below)


 Nearby hills

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