Eat & Drink on Isle of Mull
Dining at Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa is an experience. Head chef Noel Escobal has developed and fostered strong relationships with local growers, producers, farmers and fishermen on the island. His efforts and passions have set him on a continual search to find even more local produce to work with.
The hotel’s Shellach-Na-Mara Restaurant has arguably the best views on the island and specialises in local seafood and steaks. Mull ‘Highland’ beef, venison and game, fresh langoustines, lobster and Isle of Mull scallops among others are delivered daily. Cleebrating 'Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015', our menus incorporate as much Scottish produce as possible. Sweet tasting mussels that feature on the menu are sourced from the award-winning Inverlussa Mussel Farm (several times winner of the Best Mussel Producer* in Scotland).
- Stunning views
- Award-winning shell fish
- Friendly staff
- Fine local produce
The restaurant has an island atmosphere - relaxed and warm with food complementing the environment and reflected in the high level of service too. The setting is unique and calming in the naturally lit windowed panelled restaurant. The wine list is extensive, and the menus varied catering for all ages and dietary requirements. All of these elements in combination make the Shellach-Na-Mara Restaurant one of West Scotland’s quintessential fine-dining experiences.
The six course taster menu presents four taster size dishes, plus a main dish and dessert. Example taster dishes include Sound of Eigg crab linguine, popular main dishes alike to blade of beef, Bordelaise sauce, Parmentier potatoes, sugar snaps and pan seared cod fillet, mussels, caper and shallot cream. For those of you with a sweet tooth, there’s even more goodness to finish off with, such as the blueberry and Glayva fool with a sesame and honey sablée biscuit.
Steak fans are also in for a treat. We only use Scottish Farm Assured beef, including beef from our own Crerar Hotels Home Farm pedigree grass-fed herd and of course the Mull ‘Highland’ beef. Sunday lunches are a great chance to enjoy a great steak or a traditional roast.
Days can be full with exploring the island or calm with relaxation in the lounges or the pool or spa, all of which have floor to ceiling windows to make the best of the views across the Sound of Mull to Movern, Lismore and beyond to Scotland’s two highest mountains Ben Cruchan and Ben Nevis. In the evening, watch the ‘reverse’ sun set from our Observatory Lounge, where bar meals including our local Lochbuie steak burger are served all day. And after dark, relax in Bar Muileach whisky bar with over 100 drams just waiting to be tasted.
The lounge and bars offer a warm inviting atmosphere and are the perfect place for a quick bite, an intimate meal or a fun meeting place for a special occasion with friends and family.
Every Crerar Hotel has its own malt whisky menu and an excellent wine list chosen by our personal master of wines Tarquin de Burgh. The bar stocks over 30 single malt whiskies, including whiskies from the Highlands, Lowlands, Islands, and Speyside, and a selection of quality gins and vodkas plus different guest ales from month. The cocktail menu includes classics like the Mojito and, a moreish concoction of whisky, vermouth, Angostura bitters and honey served with ice. Or for gin-lovers, try the Hendricks Cucumber Collins - a refreshing mix of Hendricks Gin, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, soda water and cucumber.
Our wine menu has been developed by our own resident wine expert Tarquin de Burgh and offers an excellent choice whether you prefer a creamy Italian white or a fruity red. Available by the bottle or 175ml/250ml glass.
Curl up with a book and a dram and take in the sea views from our truly unique whisky bar and lounge…with over 100 drams just begging to be tasted, whisky fans will feel right at home. Our specially created whisky menu features a selection of traditional Scotch malt whiskies and our staff are always keen to chat through the different malts on offer.
While on the island, take the opportunity to sample some of the finest Scotch Whisky. Located in the town of its namesake, Tobermory Distillery is one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. Tobermory Distillery stays true to the essence of fine whisky making using traditional processes. Tobermory whisky produces two very distinctly different malt whiskies – the lightly peated Tobermory and the more robustly peated Ledaig. Return for a relaxing end to the day on the hotel’s patio with a glass of your preferred.
The Isle of Mull and its surrounding islands offer an extensive selection of natural home grown, harvested and cooked produce. With rich farmland, loch and coastal waters, visitors to Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa will have the opportunity to sample some of the very best produce the island has to offer. Head Chef, Noel Escabol has a wealth of experience and passion for making the most out of the generous produce available.
Isle of Mull Cheese
As winners of BBC’s Food and Farming, Best Scottish Cheese Award and triumphing with Gold at the World Cheese Awards, a visit to the Isle of Mull Cheese Farm is a must on your quest to sample the island’s best produce. The farm is owned and run by Chris and Jeff Read, who work off the simple philosophy of focusing on quality over profit. The Isle of Mull Cheese Farm is located just outside Tobermory, and the Read’s welcome visitors to witness the award-winning cheese process.
The island has a number of local fish farms and fisheries which harvest some of the finest mussels and oysters and catch fresh mackerel, skate, turbot and salmon in healthy sized hauls on a regular basis. Indeed the seafood is so fresh on the island that it can be cooked and ready to enjoy on your plate in a matter of hours after being caught.
There are a number of organic farms located on the Isle of Mull, producing organic vegetables and soft fruits when in season and the island also a wide selection of farmed livestock. One of the islands most prolific organic farms is the Ardlanish Organic Farm and Weavers who rear native Hebridean sheep and Black Highland Cows (Kyloes). The sheeps wool is used to make beautifully intricate woollen designs and visitors are invited to explore the farmland.
With such an abundance of natural wildlife and rich fertile ground it is only natural that the Isle of Mull is one of the top producers of high quality, fresh produce. At Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa you can be sure that you’re dining on some of the best produce that Scotland has to offer.
Enjoy dining in the most natural environments, outside in the fresh sea air at Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa. Our external decking area is a great place to be in the midst of the Island's outdoor environment as you devour one of our reccomended steaks or share an afternoon tea with a friend as you gaze across the bay.
Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa
Isle of Mull