The Cornerstone Seafood Restaurant with Rooms is an absolute jewel by the harbour in Mallaig. Not been to Mallaig for a while? Book now and be sure to allow time to enjoy the magnificent scenery along the way whether by train, car or ferry. Once the busiest herring port in Europe it is still very active and also a popular holiday spot.
This bonnie bustling fishing port is a hive of activity, creating a colourful panoramic view for the Cornerstone, strategically located on the first floor overlooking the harbour where the seafood is landed and delivered fresh to their door daily. This fabulous family business comprises Sharon and her sons: Callan front of house and head chef Cameron at the helm in the kitchen. Energetic and gifted, together they have created destination dining, popular with locals and visitors alike, with a sensational tasting menu and a delicious choice of daily dishes. Frankly we were blown away by the flavours and quality, the presentation and friendly service. If this is off your normal beaten track it is worth every mile of travel.
..and thanks to their two lovely bed-and-breakfast rooms you need not rush away – stay overnight and savour the wine list and a la carte or Cameron’s specially composed Tasting menu. Both bedrooms have stunning views over the harbour and islands and ensuite bathrooms. The bedrooms open onto a pretty shared lounge and mini kitchen to make coffees etc.
There are two styles of menu available at lunch service reflecting travellers needing quick service and those with more time to spare for lunch or dinner. Both menus are delicious using carefully sourced seasonal ingredients. Speedy options include Mallaig scallops, moules marinier and haddock with homemade tartare sauce and hand cut chips (pictured). The a la carte includes mouth-watering sea trout with sea herbs, pomme Anna & trout roe sauce (pictured) and venison loin, as meat and vegetarian options are always available. Starters were served with homemade focaccia and blue cheese canapes, and, for dessert, the drambuie crème brûlée with blueberry compote and home made shortbread was a dream.
Mallaig is the terminus for the West Highland railway line, voted one of the top railway journeys in the world, and all summer the Jacobite (“Harry Potter”) steam train travels the line from Fort William, stopping in Mallaig for lunch. Mallaig also provides links to and from Skye, the Small Isles, South Uist and Knoydart.
There is much to see and well worth a trip. The Cornerstone is a real asset and Mallaig is lucky to have such a lovely family and gifted team.