Media Release: Ardanaiseig Hotel awarded third AA Rosette and Inspector’s Choice status


ARDANAISEIG Hotel in Argyll has today been awarded a third rosette for its restaurant, placing it in the top ten per cent of AA rated-restaurants in the UK. The hotel has also achieved the coveted ‘Inspector’s Choice’ status.

Says a spokesperson: “Ardanaiseig has long been known as a food-lovers hotel and it can now boast a third AA rosette for its loch-side restaurant.

According to the AA, Ardanaiseig can be described as having “an outstanding restaurant that achieves standards that demand recognition well beyond its local area”.

The description continues: “The cooking is underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients. Timing, seasoning and the judgment of flavour combinations are excellent. These virtues are supported by other elements, such as intuitive service and a well-chosen wine list.”

Adds the spokesperson: “Ardanaiseig’s existing three star hotel rating has also been elevated, receiving the ‘Inspector’s Choice’ status, which is identified by red stars. According to the AA, ‘this is the supreme accolade used to recognise “hotels as the very best in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, regardless of size or style”.

Hotel manager, Peter Webster, is delighted with both awards, explaining: “Our remote setting has never stopped us striving to be world class in everything we do.

“Ardanaiseig is a very special place and we want every customer to leave with fond memories of breathtaking surroundings, heart-warming interiors, friendly first-class service, and of course, outstanding cuisine.

“We are particularly pleased that Gary’s Goldie’s unfaltering dedication and flair in the kitchen has been so deservedly rewarded.”

An overnight stay with full Scottish breakfast starts from £66 per person. A seven-course tasting menu by Gary Goldie costs around £50 per person. Further information can be found at

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Ardanaiseig is a mysterious, baronial-style, four-star country house hotel that rests at the foot of Ben Cruachan, on the shores of Loch Awe in the Scottish Highlands. Its tranquil setting makes for an ideal romantic escape or relaxing retreat. The consistently high level of service under award-winning Manager Peter Webster draws people back to the hotel time and time again.

As well as being a delight to behold, Ardanaiseig is firmly established as a food-lovers hotel.  The five-course gourmet meals never fail to impress, thanks to the unique culinary flair of head chef and Medaille d’Or winner Gary Goldie and his use of the very finest local and international ingredients.  During the course of 12 years at Ardanaiseig, Gary’s reputation has gone from strength to strength as he continues to draw upon new inspirations and an endless resource of passion and creativity.

The ground, sky and waters around Ardanaiseig offer up an abundance of delightful ingredients. Gary regularly incorporates local produce into his recipes and can often be seen foraging or hunting for ingredients himself. The hotel as a year-round license to shoot roe deer and the Loch offers up a fine assortment of fish. In the grounds, garlic, wild leek, hogweed, purple clover, wood sorrel, meadowsweet, land cress, nettles, elderflower, elder berries, raspberries, blackberries and rowan berries, to name but a few, are in plentiful supply.

Whilst for some, Ardanaiseig is the perfect place to unwind or find creative inspiration, for others it is the resting place after a day of outdoor adventure. A number of activities can be arranged as part of a stay at Ardanaiseig – from horse riding, flying, sailing and climbing, to deer stalking, fishing, clay pigeon shooting and foraging.

Ardanaiseig can be hired for exclusive use and is particularly popular for weddings and celebrations.

Ardanaiseig also offers gift vouchers for a number of special events an packages at the hotel, from murder mystery weekends and pamper packages to mushroom forages and wildlife photography breaks.

Ardanaiseig’s awards include 3 AA rosettes, 3 AA red stars, AA Inspector’s Choice status , Favourite Scottish Hotel of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine Readers 2010, 3rd Favourite UK hotel of Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers 2010, Chef’s Medaille d’Or 2010, Gold Medal for Housekeeping 2010, Scottish Intimate Wedding Hotel of the Year 2010, and Romantic Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2010.

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