The Golden Gorse restaurant and Bar Ross opening soon within Dornoch Station hotel

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The Golden Gorse restaurant and Bar Ross will open within the Dornoch Station Hotel,part of the Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts collection

Set within the Dornoch Station hotel, The Golden Gorse Restaurant and Bar Ross will be open on 28th August 2023.

Since its acquisition in 2022, Dornoch Station Hotel property has undergone extensive restoration, including refurbished guest rooms, public spaces, and food and beverage concepts that celebrate the distinct beauty, rich histories, and golf legacies of the Scottish Highlands.

Callum Phillip has been appointed executive chef, following an already impressive career in some of Scotland’s finest hotels and restaurants including the 2 AA Rosette awarded 5 red star resort, Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond, head chef at The Räv in St Andrews and head chef at 2 AA Rosette The Adamson in St Andrews. Callum has created a series of menus for the restaurant and bar which will showcase the Scottish Highland’s larder, with locally sourced game, meat, and fish from Sutherland and across Scotland.

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The name Golden Gorse is derived from gorse plants which have bright yellow flowers and a heady scent in the summer in Sutherland. The restaurant offers views over the Royal Dornoch Links and the sea beyond. The Golden Gorse will offer a seasonal, all-day a-la-carte menu, afternoon tea, and a Sunday roast. Dishes include a hot Highland seafood platter for two with whole lobster; grilled Cumbrae oysters; seared scallops; blue shell mussels, garlic butter, samphire and crispy potatoes and roast Highland hogget with broccoli, peas, broad beans, and red wine jus. Local suppliers include lobster from Dornoch fisherman, Thomas Mccrain; beef, pork and lamb from Dornoch Farm Butchers, and venison from a farm in Nigg.

Sample menu for The Golden Gorse Restaurant

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The laidback Bar Ross will offer golfers, families, and furry friends a welcoming space in stylish surroundings to enjoy light bites and an expertly curated drinks menu. The name Bar Ross honours Dornoch-born David Ross, a famous golf course architect who learned to play on Royal Dornoch Links and was a pivotal figure in developing the sport in America in the last century. An artist was commissioned to paint a coffered ceiling of unfurling green ferns and foliage to complement the opulent interiors.

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Sample menu for Bar Ross

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The all-day dining menu includes Partan Bree Crab Soup, a traditional seafood dish native to North-East Scotland; a Highland Platter with Game terrine, local cheeses, radishes, celery, grapes, chutney, and sourdough; and a Chocolate and Pistachio Choux Bun with whisky whipped cream. The bar team have created a drinks list of cocktails, craft spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks, from local producers such as Glenmorangie, Balblair, and Dornoch’s very own Thompson Brothers.

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Bob Rogers, General Manager of Dornoch Station Hotel said,

“We’re thrilled to announce the opening of The Golden Gorse restaurant and Bar Ross. We truly believe it is an exciting new addition to the local dining scene. The Dornoch Station Hotel is already something of an iconic landmark in the North and well known by the community. We are excited to be able to refresh and elevate the offering and dining experience for locals – whether that be coming to the bar for drinks with friends, meal with the whole family, or for the holidays this forthcoming season.

“We are also thrilled to welcome guests visiting the area. The Golden Gorse draws inspiration from the beauty of the Scottish Highlands which makes it a must-stop destination on the NC500 route. Hopefully we can show those stopping by on the route just how special Dornoch is and give them a true taste of the North of Scotland!”

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Each Marine & Lawn property has a lush colour scheme of blues and greens with natural materials of wood and stone, inspired by their coastal location and golfing heritage. Walls feature the Royal Dornoch Golf Club tartan and vintage golf ephemera decorates the space. Players are encouraged to place their own club golf ball in an art installation for visitors to mark the pilgrimage many make to the Royal Dornoch Links.

To find out more about the new food and drink offering at Dornoch Station coming this summer, please visit 

Dornoch Station, Grange Road, Dornoch, IVF 3LF





I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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