After our exciting day "doing" Lewis and Harris, we needed a good dinner. We were recommended to try the Boatshed Restaurant by our hotel. It was in a nice location - overlooking the harbour - so wandered down to have a look.
From start to
finish, the experience was quite simply first class. On arrival we were
met and taken to the bar where they had a very good range of interesting
drinks, including the local gin. The seats here were deep leather sofas
round a crackling woodburner – a great start.
When our table was
ready (not a long wait) we were taken through and the specials
explained. We decided to take items freely across the two menus,
including a non-standard starter which was accepted without question.
The bread rolls while we waited were warm from the oven Variations from
the menu were no problem for them at all and all our requests were
checked, noted and – later – delivered perfectly. I had scallops on the
local black pudding (totally different from the local north-east England
black pudding we are used to, and amazing), while Lois had a bowl of
vegetable ... because that’s what she fancied; it wasn’t on the menu,
but was provided exactly as ordered. She went on to have the local fish
“special”, which was really interestingly prepared and tasted excellent,
while I had the venison, which was done in a light sauce which really
brought out the flavour of the meat which was tender as anything. The
venison came with mashed potato and neeps (of course). Mouth watering
flavours and textures, prepared with real care. The house red was good –
four on offer – and not unreasonably priced.
The service by Andy
was absolutely perfect – he left us alone when appropriate but knew
when to come in to clear dishes. The wait between courses was spot-on;
long enough to let things “settle”, but not so long as to let us get
stale. The room was expertly laid out with all the tables spaced well.
The view from the windows out to the harbour interesting and even the
music was well chosen – not obtrusive but good to hear.
This was a
real highlight for us – the end of our stay on Lewis and a perfect meal
from a a really excellent restaurant. We will do our very best to come
back here and thoroughly recommend it!