Old Pines Restaurant & Hotel, near Fort William

On 7th August 2015 by Rachael

Stumbling across this gem of a place while exploring the day before the Fort William marathon made for a perfect lunch stop. And if you’ve got family or friends supporting on race day, this is conveniently right on the route itself.

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Having mountain biked for over 20 miles, including a few wrong turns, I stumbled across this little place, with Ben Nevis looming on the horizon, viewable from their floor to ceiling windows in the restaurant and garden where we chose to sit.

I’m a real foodie and have usually researched everywhere I visit to find where to eat. I’ve been known to cycle or run for miles just to try out a little fish shack on a hidden beach before. But stumbling across somewhere that I haven’t researched or heard about is even more rewarding and this place is one of them.

We only had lunch but the choices included fresh made sups, sandwiches, quiches, smoked fish and meats as well as cakes and teas. Nothing special or groundbreaking but what they served was good.

I had a smoky, creamy Cullen Skink, a traditional Scottish soup of big flakes of smoked haddock, potatoes, onion and cream with bread that had been baked fresh in the kitchens with salty butter. I had this with a Mucomir, a fresh apple juice, ginger and mint, named after the local area.

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Simple, but delicious. And best of all for supporters of runners, this is right on the road that everyone runs past at mile 11/12. So, you get brownie points for cheering your loved ones while not having to just stand there for hours with nothing to while away the time while you wait for them to come through.

I can’t speak for what the rooms are like but if the food is anything to go by, then this could be a great place to stay too if you’re coming up to run the marathon and to explore.

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Old Pines Restaurant and HotelĀ 

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