Review on Creelers of Arran
Set up by Tim and Fran James, who also run the adjoining smokehouse and shop, Creelers occupies the old farm 'bothy' attached to Brodick Castle Estate. It has established a fine reputation since opening in 1990 and continues to draw visitors from near and far.
As you might guess from the name, seafood is the main business: much of it is caught locally using traditional creels and the output of the smokehouse is also used to good effect. Menus vary with the catch, but you might find steamed West Coast mussels with chilli, lemongrass and coriander, grilled fillet of halibut with new potato compote and balsamic reduction, fish stew with saffron and fennel, or seared scallops on herb linguine with citrus salad.
The kitchen takes full advantage of organic vegetables and herbs grown on the island, as well as offering visitors a taste of local venison and Aberdeen Angus beef. To conclude, there are pleasing desserts such as hot chocolate pot with raspberry compote, lemon posset and Arran ice creams - not forgetting Celtic cheeses with oatcakes. Creelers has a younger sibling at 3 Hunter Square in Edinburgh Old Town.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.30 - 2.30pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 5.30 - 9.30pm Tue-Sun (Easter-Oct)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express