Kilberry Inn

2010

‘There are unconfirmed reports that the Queen dined here during her 80th birthday cruise,’ according to the website of this small restaurant-with-rooms. The owners’ lips are sealed, but if Her Majesty did visit, she would have found rustic charm amid bewitching scenery. Since 2005, owners Clare Johnson and David Wilson have been building a reputation for the warmth of their welcome, while her cooking has earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand. He shakes or stirs a ‘cocktail of the day’ as guests peruse menus based on West Coast ingredients. ‘Our eighth yearly visit,’ say fans returning in 2015. ‘We particularly enjoyed lamb tagine with bulgar wheat and aubergine yogurt, whole langoustine, and chocolate brownie with poached pear and chocolate sauce.’ Local fish and shellfish are star turns. A fried breakfast has Stornoway black pudding and tattie scone. Granola, marmalade and jams are home made. There are five unfussy double rooms with en suite shower at the back, around a courtyard garden; ‘Arran’ has a sitting room. Order a packed lunch for a day at a deserted beach. (GC)
  • We had heard about the fantastic food at Kilberry from the Hairy Bikers TV show and were delighted to get a booking at short notice after another couple had cancelled. The food was wonderful. We were the only couple in a room on our own - I'd have preferred to have been in the main dining room - but the owners made us feel very welcome and lent us their toothpaste when I realised I hadn't packed any. Our room was freshly decorated. It had an interesting selection of books and a bathroom stocked with gorgeous toiletries.

    Dawn Barrowman, 07/06/2012

  • A magical place. Amazing scenery and perfect peace. Accommodation is simple but comfortable. Food in a class of its own. Wonderful soups, fish, venison and vegetables perfectly cooked. Charming host. Service exemplary.

    Val Ferguson, 04/05/2012

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Local attractions

Carradale Golf Course
Located on the east coast of the Kintyre peninsula, with panoramic views across the Kilbrannan Sound towards the Isle of Arran.
Loch Stornoway
Visit the megalithic standing stones beside the loch.
Glen Scotia Distillery
Founded in 1832, Glen Scotia started life in a cottage-like building in Campbeltown.

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Contact Details

Kilberry Inn

Kilberry, by Tarbert KILBERRY Argyll and Bute Scotland PA29 6YD

Telephone

01880 770223

Further Information

Bedrooms

5, all on ground floor.

Open

Tues--Sun 13 Mar--mid-Dec.

Facilities

bar/dining room, smaller dining room, no Wi-Fi (Kilberry is in a 'not spot'), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

'gentle' during lunch and dinner.

Children

no under-12s.

Dogs

allowed 'by arrangement' in 1 bedroom, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2015] per room D,B&B £215. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.