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The Westward Restaurant, Crinan by Lochgilphead


Described by Allan Brown in the Sunday Times as a “charming, Tolkien-type place”, The Crinan hotel is a family-run business that lies where the Crinan Canal connects Loch Fyne to the Atlantic Ocean. Run by Nick Ryan and his wife for the past 40 years, it has garnered a reputation for its stunning location and fresh seafood.

Where is The Westward Restaurant located?

You will find The Westward Restaurant in the Crinan Hotel, situated on the waterfront at Loch Crinan 6.5 miles from Lochgilphead and 35 miles from Oban. Crinan has been a fishing port for over 200 years.

What cuisine is on offer at The Westward Restaurant?

Gourmet food and fine dining is offered in the Westward Restaurant and Lock 16, whilst the Seafood Bar boasts a relaxed bistro-style menu. The chefs use local, organic produce including beef and lamb from nearby farms, venison from Jura and halibut, turbot from the islands and seafood such as clams, white fish and lobster is landed within close proximity.

What makes a meal at The Westward Restaurant unique?

The hotel's Westward Restaurant boasts views over Jura, Scarba and the mountains of Mull and looks out across Loch Crinan – giving a visual context to the fiercely local food. The Westward is included in the 2018 Michelin Guide and has been awarded L'Assiette Michelin (The Michelin Plate).

Facilities & Information

Extra info

Closed Times: Please check website for winter closing dates.

Open Times: Daily

Vendor Accreditation: Good Food Guide 3/10


01546 830261
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Crinan Hotel, Crinan by Lochgilphead, Argyll & Bute, Crinan by LochgilpheadPA31 8SR, United Kingdom

Please see the website for directions.


The Westward Restaurant

The Westward is the 'formal' restaurant at the the Crinan Hotel, with stunning views across Loch Crinan out to Jura. Very comfortable with well-spaced tables. Staff absolutely superb. Service runs at just the right pace. The dishes are pretty straightforward with top-quality produce left to do the talking for itself, as for example, the freshest langoustines you'll ever come across. (I prefer them grilled rather than cooked into boiling water, but that's just a matter of taste). The menu is seafood-orientated but there are other options....

The Westward Restaurant

Taken here for my birthday. Raining when we arrived but warm welcome at the hotel reception. Nice lunch on the adjacent coffee shop, then when rain stopped a walk along the canal towpath before heading back for dinner. Dinner was 7 courses at £45pp with a bottle of Petit Chablis for £27 and worth every penny. Breakfast next morning was excellent with all you could want. Porridge followed by a superb kipper set is up perfectly for a long walk up the hill to the viewpoint overlooking the loch and islands. With blue sky and still water the views w...

The Westward Restaurant

Amazing seafood stew is back on the menu - and not to be missed - make sure you order before going to look at the view outside as it runs out fast!

The Westward Restaurant

It was a more than 30 years since I last visited this area, & it hasn't changed. The seafood was delicious well worth visiting, the staff superb & very accommodating. You cannot get fresher seafood, caught that day. The Seafood Stew was plentiful, very tasty & wonderfully presented. We were even invited to view the gallery on the third floor, also a must. Will definitely return.

The Westward Restaurant

Wonderful dining experience. The place was packed the night we dined so we were thankful for having booked in advance. The service was excellent and the food divine. Afterwards we retired to their lovely sitting area in the conservatory for coffee and mints.

The Westward Restaurant

We ate here whilst staying in the Crinan Hotel - it was a set menu but there was a number of different choices available - my husband doesn't like seafood/fish which are the main choices on the menu but there is a non fishy option available and the night we ate there it was duck and it was delicious - I had salmon with capers which was also cooked perfectly - in fact all the courses were excellent and for £35 found it to be very good value - the service was also excellent and found it to be attentive without being intrusive - we will definitely...

The Westward Restaurant

Not to be missed if you are near Crinan! The sea food as you would expect (and hope) is as fresh as it can be. The food and service in the restaurant is top quality.

The Westward Restaurant

Lovely service, good food. great surroundings, beautiful views. Warm and very welcoming. Will be back again.

The Westward Restaurant

This lovely light and airy restaurant looks out over the Sound of Jura. The food was fantastic - over two nights we dined on langoustines, mussels, salmon, scallops and a wonderful caramelised lemon tart - each course was better than the last! Great breakfast in the morning too with table service - no buffet!

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