Newly relaunched The Taynuilt: Etive Restaurant with Rooms has started its year with a bang winning Inn of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2017.
The Taynuilt, which already boasts two AA rosettes, scooped the top prize at the ceremony on April 23 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.
The hotel triumphed over the competition and beat the previous two year’s winners; Buccleuch Arms, Melrose and The Old Mill Inn, Pitlochry.
For the final judging, a team of peer judges (general managers, hoteliers and travel professionals) toured the shortlisted collection of hotels in the same category across the nine regions and awarded marks based on comfort, cuisine, bar drinks and ambience.
Vivien Devlin, chair of the panel of judges for the 2017 awards said of The Taynuilt: Etive Restaurant with Rooms: “This 400 year old village pub has been reimagined into a destination restaurant: Bedrooms, named after Scottish lochs, have a vintage look with welcome treats: tea, coffee, gin, whisky, chocolates. Under chef patron John McNulty, the kitchen team has a butchery, fish smokery, and forage for wild garlic and herbs. The dinner menu highlights fine local produce: Isle of Skye scallops, lamb, poached rhubarb, cheese.”
The Taynuilt: Etive Restaurant with Rooms, previously the Taynuilt Hotel, ioffers an intimate dining experience with 20 covers in the main dining room and launched in January 2017.
The cosy inn is home to nine boutique bedrooms.
Chef John McNulty designs menus which concentrate on provenance, using local suppliers and produce from the kitchen garden where possible.