The Kintyre Restaurant + Bar at The Ugadale Hotel offers a warm and inviting atmosphere to anyone looking for an exceptional dining experience. The Restaurant offers the finest elements of a refined steakhouse while the more casual bar highlights all of your favourite comforts – as well as Sky Sports on the TV! Both feature only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, and top-level service.
Whether you’re a guest of The Village at Machrihanish Dunes or just fancy a wee dram on your adventure through Machrihanish, we welcome you to join us at The Kintyre Restaurant + Bar. With just one visit, you’ll be quite sure that life cannot get any more delicious than this.
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About the Chef – Gordon McNeill:
Gordon was born on the island of Gigha, and cut his teeth in the catering business at the Putechan Restaurant on the Kintyre coast before serving a working apprenticeship at several of the west coast’s top eateries. A spell at the Gleneagles Hotel was followed by a stint at prestigious Tuddenham Mill, before Gordon spread his wings abroad, working for two private families in Italy. A return to Kintyre to visit family after an absence of 18 years resulted in a chance meeting with the new owner of the business that was to become The Boat House in Gigha. This meeting started a working relationship lasting 6 years during which Gordon earned a reputation for producing the finest dishes, specialising in the use of local seafood.
Gordon had the desire to take all the experience he had gained during his time at the Boat House— along with his natural inventiveness and boundless enthusiasm for his craft—and bring it to a bigger and more accessible stage, so he was delighted when the opportunity presented itself to have his name associated with the prestigious Ugadale Hotel. The Hotel has always had a reputation for serving good quality food, but it would be fair to say that the focus has previously been on producing essential meals for visiting golfers and hotel guests rather than on the food itself and Gordon was keen to change this. As he’s told our team, “People rightly come to stay at the Ugadale for the golf, and that will never change. But it is my goal to have people come here specifically to enjoy the food that we produce, rather than just to eat here because it is the restaurant attached to the hotel”.
Gordon’s enthusiasm for local produce and the incredible food he can create with it is highly infectious. Although the focus of his set menus are on seafood, shellfish and grill, his use of daily special boards ensure a fluid and always interesting selection of exciting food available daily from his kitchen.
The appointment of Gordon as Executive Chef signals a bright new dawn for the Ugadale Hotel and his food has undoubtedly become a huge draw for potential hotel guests and for the lucky people of south Kintyre, who can now sample his exceptional menus even more easily than they could previously.