The Wineport, Cladach

By a mystery reviewer…

Four of us decided to have lunch at the Wineport; two grandparents, a parent, and her lively nearly six year old. The weather was fine and we had a table on the lovely spacious grassy area in front of the house. Nearly all the tables were occupied and it was very busy. Our reception couldn’t have been friendlier from Gina, co-owner for the last few years.

The menu had many attractive options and the choice was not easy! Starters on offer include Cullen Skink, garlic mushrooms, and smoked mackerel pate, while main courses cover the usual good pub food, such as scampi, fish and chips, sandwiches and toasties, and burgers (often though with an unusual twist), as well as some interesting vegetarian and vegan choices. There was a spicy cauliflower steak which had unfortunately just sold out that day!

We decided to share a starter of home-made Scotch egg. It was huge, with a generous covering of meat, with chopped chives mixed in and a coating of real bread crumbs. It came with mustard and gherkins, and was declared to probably be the best Scotch egg we have had! For main course we went for the baked Arran brie with beetroot chutney, steak ciabatta sandwich, pork and chorizo burger, and a child’s fish and chips. No one knew what to eat first! And a big pick and mix style lunch proceeded! The Arran brie came with piles of soft chunky bread and a very generous and fresh mixed salad. The steak sandwich was tender and came in a buttery onion gravy, and with a mixed salad, and the burger was on a light brioche bun, with mixed salad and chips. The grandfather declared the burger ‘outstanding’!

We were all pretty full after this but thought we should share a desert as well – a marvellously squidgy homemade brownie, with salted caramel ice cream. There was no left overs!
To end, the Arran Blonde on draught deserves a special mention: it is considerably better than the bottled stuff (much as I like that), which is perhaps not surprising as the Wineport is next to the Brewery.