Thursday, 18 August 2016
Eating well in Scotland: The Letterbox, Newtonmore
The Letterbox, Main Street, Newtonmore
Last week we had a very enjoyable return visit to The Letterbox Restaurant in Newtonmore. The restaurant opened in 2010.
It was good to see that it was busy. We started with a glass of South African Chenin Blanc while we considered our choices. Three of us opted for the two course evening menu – starter and main course – for £16.95.
I choose the tasty mackerel paté, while the others went for the chicken mousse – also tasty, well made and generous portions.
Mackerel paté with a salad and oak cakes
Apricot, asparagus and chicken mousse
Our three choices of main courses
Plaice fillets in a cream sauce with samphire,
carrots and new potatoes
– off the a la carte specials menu
A rich and very good venison stew with haggis dumplings
Meat balls with tagliatelle: another rich and copious dish
2014 Fleurie, Cru du Beaujolais, Patrick Chodot
Fleurie from a good vintage which partnered even the rich dishes well
Profiteroles with a cream filling
Créme Brulée with apricot and vanilla
We have had several meals at The Letterbox and have always been impressed, so am happy to recommend this restaurant. I do wonder, however, at the wide range of dishes offered in a restaurant that has space for a maximum of just over 30 covers. On the set dinner menu there are five choices of starter and main course. The à la carte menu has a big choice and then there is a specials board with five starters and five mains. It is difficult to see how this makes economic sense.