The Applecross Inn is the only pub on a very remote peninsula in the Scottish Highlands. It has a reputation for the quality of its seafood and I’d fancied going there for a while. It’s a fantastic area with fantastic views to Skye.
This is not a restaurant – it’s very definitely a pub with a great pub atmosphere. The daily menu is on a chalkboard and when we were there, every table was taken.
My starter was squat lobster tails, which I hadn’t had before. Squat lobsters are shellfish which, according to Wikipedia, are more closely related to crabs than lobsters. They are relatively common on the west coast of Scotland and a lot cheaper than lobster. Served with garlic butter and brown bread, they were great.
There were various fishy mains on offer but both Anne and I settled on the crab salad with smoked salmon – the crab was very fresh which makes all the difference. All too often with crab salad, the crab is a wee bit old and this really affects the flavour.
No room for pudding but we did finish with a Gaelic coffee.
Superb seafood and a great atmosphere. The meal was about £26 each (including the coffee) and we had a perfectly acceptable house white with it.
Well worth a visit if you are in the area – and the road over the Bealach nam Ba is an experience in itself.