Dining out

The Beach House Pods Reviews by Kirsty and Lucy

Because it can be so hard to choose, we have compiled a list of places to eat with our own star rating. We made a Monday our ‘Date Day’ and made it our mission to try as many varied meals as possible across the restaurants and cafes in Dunoon to give you an idea of quality and selections.

We have started with the closest to Beah House Pods

the royal bar

The Royal Bar,– Innellan

Just along the road and suitable for all the family serving a small variety of traditional pub grub daily from 12pm.  They serve Fyne Ales, are dog friendly, have a pool table and darts board for public use.

 Looking on the FB page will let you know of live upcoming music events. Liz and Martin will make you feel most welcome at ‘the local’. Booking in advance is recommended for a dine in meal.

Open 7 days

Date Day rating: 8/10

Royalinnellan@aol.com   01369830050

The Osborne-Innellan

Overlooking the River Clyde within the glass conservatory, not only will you have amazing views, but the food and service are extra special here.  Pete and Elliott will welcome you into the bar/restaurant where you can choose from the daily special menu or the set menu with plenty of choice in pub grub. The food here is exceptional. They have all the sports on in the bar and the dining room is separate. On the FB page you can check for any Specialty nights such as Quiz & Curry,  Cheese & Wine or Hog Roast days.

Closed on a Monday

This is a very busy place and advance bookings are a must.

Date Day rating:10/10

info@theosborneinnellan.co.ok   01369830820

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the Boat House

The Boat House-Dunoon

A café situated along the West Bay promenade that serves breakfasts and lunches until 4pm.  You will find the staff helpful and welcoming. The menu is varied. They have a Crazy Golf kiosk and ice creams. The café is walk in or take-away.

Open 7 days

Date Day rating: 7/10

The Rock Café-Dunoon

Recently refurbished, this wee gem is takeaway or sit-in. It’s very popular so you may have to wait on a table if busy although there are outside benches when you get a dry day. Its right beside the Argyll ferry terminal and across the road from the Famous Highland Mary statue and hill.

Open 7 days

Date day rating:6/10

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Argyll Vintners

Argyll Vintners-Dunoon

One for the adults, Andy and his team will serve up your favourite wine, spirit, beers and coffee. You can order platters of food from their deli. A small business with limited seating however a must if you like a relaxed atmosphere and worth the wait on a free seat (or couch). The Vintners can be hired for private events as well as walk in. They also host Experience evenings.

Closed Sundays

Date Day rating: 9/10

info@argyllvintners.com   01369707911

51St State Bar & Grill/ La Cantina-Dunoon

An American diner upstairs and an Italian Fine Dining restaurant downstairs, both offering a large menu and everything tasty with lots of food on the plate. Huge milkshakes the kids will love. The service is friendly and it’s in the middle of the town. At weekends. On occasion, there is live music from a band called Toast. You can be lucky and get a walk in in the daytime but booking is recommended.

Open 7 days 10am-10pm

Date Day rating:9/10

info@the51ststate.co.uk  01369705550

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This restaurant is fine dining at its best. Katie and mum Rosie along with the exceptional team will make you feel like part of the family as they make this experience one you will always remember. The attention to service is second to none with the food being the same. The menu is refreshed often, and they have a dessert trolley with the most amazing cakes.

Chatters caters for private functions as well as hosting occasion evenings such as regional wines with guest speakers.

Pop up restaurant, calling ahead is essential for announced dates.

katie@chattersrestaurant.co.uk  07879472898

Date day rating:11/10!!!!!

The Blairmore– Blairmore

A few miles outside Dunoon is a spectacular café run by mum and daughter team Morghan and Helen.  With an extensive menu to suit all, specials board and lots of delicious teas/coffee/cakes (all home baking made by Shona) you will be spoilt for choice. Here you will overlook the Clyde and can wander down The Blairmore Pier where The Waverley docks over the summer schedule. They have recently opened a takeaway next door if you don’t want to sit in. It is walk in only and worth the short wait.

They also host specialty evening where you can prebook your table, looking on the FB page lists the dates and there is a very reliable bus service from outside Beach House Pods all the way along the scenic drive, right to the door.

Lucy and I LOVE this place, the French Toast is amazing.

Open 9.30am-4.30pm

info@theblairmore.co.uk 01369760391

Date day rating:10/10

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local hero

Local Hero Café– Dunoon

New to the town, this American style café and takeaway has a wide variety of food and  is run by Mark.  He makes everything fresh so you will have a bit of waiting time on your food. The food is well worth it, especially the Fried Chicken and Burritos. In our house this is a firm family favourite. Situated at the top corner of Ferry Brae, the top of Argyll Street in Dunoon.

Open Tues-Saturday.

Date Day rating:9/10

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