From oysters in Argyll to gazpacho in Lichfield – 12 restaurants to try right now

Inverlonan, nr Oban, Argyll & Bute

Chosen by Pamela Brunton, chef and co-owner, Inver, Cairndow, Argyll & Bute

Inverlonan is a rural retreat with bothies on a cliff edge overlooking Loch Nell. It has started doing dinners in a disused byre, with straw on the floor and tea lights among the brickwork. We went last November when it was freezing cold. They brought us blankets and hot-water bottles. The chef cooked everything – 11 small courses – over a fairly rudimentary fire setup. We had oysters with buttermilk, black garlic and elderberry, and local venison with beetroot, and a lollipop covered in dehydrated redcurrants, all extremely delicious. It certainly doesn’t have the luxuries that you come to expect from fine dining restaurants, but it was an exciting, unique experience.

Grace & Savour, Hampton Manor, Solihull, West Midlands

Chosen by Alex Nietosvuori, chef and co-owner, Hjem, Hexham, Northumberland

Grace & Savour, which opened just a few months ago, uses as much produce as…

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