Foyers Lodge, situated high on the banks of Loch Ness, doesn’t just offer unrivalled views and sumptuous accommodation with luxury at the heart, it also offers a whole new take on fine dining, with an envious menu packed with heart and taste. We arrived at the cosy Highland lodge on a blustery Autumn evening, and the familiar scents of black pomegranate hit me as soon as I stepped foot in the grand lobby. Foyers Lodge has long been renowned in my books for owners Anna and Phil’s meticulous attention to detail, so finally experiencing their seasonal menu was a rare old treat.
The Drawing Room
We’ve visited Foyers Lodge somewhat frequently over the years, and have seen the historic restoration take shape in so many ways, into the treasure it is today. The last time we visited, the drawing-room had just been finished but was yet to welcome guests. But, before dinner, we sat in the drawing-room for a couple of hearty drams, and it seemed clear that this exquisite room with Loch Ness views was made for good company.
For my first true dining experience in Autumn, I’m not sure Foyers Lodge could have hit the mark any better if it tried. Oven-baked Highland brie and cranberry topped with a herb and pine nut crust served with treacle bread. If you’re looking for Autumn on a plate, it’s this. My other half fair enjoyed a mackerel rarebit with Tain cheddar, mustard and mini capers. In each course, there was that touch of locality. Lovely to see on a menu, even better to eat.
The Main Event
Pork belly braised in Thistly Cross Cider served with a chestnut skirlie stuffed apple and the creamiest mashed potato. Possibly the first pork belly dish I’ve tasted in Scotland to be served with a Scottish cider. Again, an evident Scottish touch, which made complete sense in Foyers Lodge. My other half’s dish of choice was seared salmon and tempura king prawn in a red Thai coconut broth, rice noodles and vegetables. And chips. Because it wouldn’t be a Scott dish without chips. Both dishes were hearty, warming and consistently Autumnal.
To finish off what was truly a delightful meal, I sipped on a wee Baileys, alongside apple crumble with pecan and maple and vanilla ice cream. Scott ordered a selection of sorbets; mango, lemon and raspberry, each as refreshing as the next.
Visit Foyers Lodge
Served in a beautiful dining room, with soft music playing in the background and stunning views over Loch Ness, Foyers Lodge is truly a Highland treasure. Their long-anticipated dining experience is a perfect reflection of Foyers Lodge and at this time of year, a perfect way to welcome a new season.