Less than an hour from the centre of Glasgow, the elegant Waterfront Restaurant is a real gem.
On the edge of Scotland’s only lake (or rather, the only such natural body of water not known as a loch),The Lake of Menteith and Waterfront Restaurant is a perfect compliment to the special shoreside setting.
The 50-seat restaurant has been pared down to stylish simplicity: the full-length windows flood the dining room with natural light that make a living landscape picture out of the lake, with a myriad of water birds delighting the diners.
It is relaxed and cosy, a warm and welcoming style of classic New England architecture.
Head Chef Daniel Bryant describes the menu as ‘Modern British so it’s influenced by flavours from all over the world.’
His signature main course of Crispy Ayrshire Pork Belly with a Sweet Potato, Butter Bean and Cavolo Nero Stew is, simply, a joy.
Popular dishes include Moroccan-spiced Rump of Perthshire Lamb with Baba Ghanoush and Harrisa Couscous and Pan-seared Breast of Barbary Duck with Potato Rosti, Wild Mushrooms and Bramble Jus.
The short selection of puddings includes lemon tart with raspberry coulis and sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce, dishes which perfectly reflects the brand of traditional comfort with a twist.
What’s particularly refreshing about the Waterfront is the fresh local Scottish produce used, from the trout straight from the lake to using Scotland’s natural larder.
In the colder months there is a roaring open fire with the staff providing an authentic welcome.
Yes, the menu might not be large, but it’s all done with an eye on the things that matter: good produce, cooked to a high standard, and a sense that the hosts are genuinely pleased to see you.
Waterfront Restaurant – The Lake of Menteith Hotel
Port of Menteith, Stirling, FK83 RA