Part of the Devere Group of hotels, Cameron House is one of those iconic locations that attracts travellers from around the world, keen to enjoy not only its sumptuous facilities, but also the stunning surroundings of Loch Lomond. And as you might expect, a hotel of this standard doesn’t let itself down when it comes to its dining options either. With no fewer than five bars and restaurants, you could dine differently every day of your stay here.
The Boathouse is likely the least well known of the restaurants, partly because it’s not attached to the hotel itself. It’s one of those intimate places that guests who are ‘in the know’ tend to head for, tucked away at the marina and edging onto the hotel’s private golf course. It’s a small bolthole – a relaxed open-plan space where good food is served by friendly staff throughout the day.
The menu here is not extensive, but it is eclectic and there doesn’t seem to be a particular theme. You can go All-American with a burger the size of a large baked potato and wedge-cut chips that are to die for, go Spanish with a paella that showcases Scotland’s freshest seafood, or experience Italian with a penne pesto pasta dish with fresh parmesan cheese. In most restaurants, that amount of choice would lead to an element of brand confusion, but here it actually works – the menu may be short, but it’s carefully chosen, and I’ve never yet visited with a guest that hasn’t been able to find something they like to eat.
If the weather is favourable then outside dining is an option as well. The terrace is gently lit at night, and the view extends over the small marina and its jetty’s, complete with an array of yachts and cruisers, to Lomond Shores at the foot of the Loch.
The Boathouse at Cameron House is one of the best kept secrets on the banks of Loch Lomond, but I’m happy to get the word out there just so more discerning diners can enjoy what it has to offer. And for members of the Devere club, you also enjoy a discount off your final bill, which was 20% the last time I looked.