Eat & Drink in Strathpeffer
When you visit Strathpeffer you are in for a real dining treat in the Jacobite Restaurant at Ben Wyvis Hotel, as the food and service is renowned in the area for being top notch... We often see many of our reviews refer to the food and how our guests enjoy the traditional style of Scottish cooking.
- Home cooked favourites
- Great local reputation
- Groups welcome
- Lunch stops & suppers
The chef and his brigade prepare a three course dinner menu daily which regularly changes with seasonality. In addition to the dinner menu there is an extensive à la carte menu with delights such as Cullen skink and steaks which are matured for 21 days and Scottish farmed - and sometimes from the Crerar Hotels Home Farm pedigree, grass fed herd.
Our head chef Joe McAtier and his team are committed to using local Scottish produce where possible and there are a few local suppliers nearby that supply honey, fruit and vegetables, plus black pudding from Charles Macleod in Stornaway for the breakfast.
Chef has been with Ben Wyvis for more than five years and is used to cooking in the Scottish region as his last position was in Ullapool prior to Strathpeffer. His ethos is all about creating home cooked favourites by using the finest produce which puts a smile on a diner's face.
The food served is traditional Scottish fair and guests can expect dishes like Scotch broth, venison, chicken Balmoral and traditional tipsy laird, with desserts like homemade shortbread on the menu. The chef uses tasty local produce where possible and Scotland’s larder has some of the finest fresh produce on the door step of Ben Wyvis.
Ben Wyvis, by nature of its location close to Inverness and Dingwall, on the main through road to the islands and Highlands, means that the hotel is a good lunch time stop option for coaches and tours around Scotland.
Lunch stops are only available through prior reservation. We have a few lunchtime favourites and will happily tailor menus for specific group sizes and parties. With the Jacobite Restaurant seating up to 120 guests, there is room for a few groups at one time or the ballroom could be host to a lunchtime networking event or private party. Please contact us for lunch stop menus or private event enquiries.
Our lounge area is available throughout the day, where guests can get comfortable and enjoy a traditional shortbread biscuit and a cup of tea or coffee to tide you over until lunch or dinner. The lounge service menu has sandwiches and cakes which can be enjoyed by the fire between 10am and 6pm daily.
Strathview lounge bar has outstanding views over to Ben Wyvis and the room has a warmly, Victorian feel with high ceilings and an open fireplace. The lounge is open all day and has comfy chairs for relaxing, and the bar is open from 5.00pm to 11.00pm for a pre-dinner drink or a hot chocolate by the fire. Bar meals are served 6.30pm to 9.00pm daily.
Whisky, ales and wines
Crerar Hotels has its own whisky which is made in Scotland, a very special dram to enjoy in the lounge of an afternoon or as an after dinner tipple. Where better place than the Highlands to enjoy a blended whisky or a malt over ice? The Strathview bar has many to choose from; in addition to our own whisky there is also the Crerar specially brewed ale by Belhaven Best, Heart & Soul.
The Jacobite Restaurant seats up to 120 guests and is where the staff at Ben Wyvis serve breakfast, dinner and private lunches by prior reservation.
The restaurant is a large imposing room with warm colouring, high ceilings, chandeliers and large picture windows which draw in lots of natural light. There is a large open Victorian fireplace which is lit in the autumn and winter months to give heat and warmth to those dining in the Jacobite.
We believe greatly in locally sourced ingredients, high quality and seasonal produce for our menus, which means occasionally dishes from our advertised menus may vary.