Historic hotel on Scotland’s west coast opens new restaurant and bar with views of Arran

A historic hotel on Scotland’s west coast has announced the opening of a new restaurant and bar, with stunning views of Arran and Ailsa Craig, overlooking the famous Royal Troon golf course.

The Rabbit and its sister bar, The Seal, are set to open within the famed Marine Troon, part of the Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts collection, in June.

Marine & Lawn Rusacks St Andrews Executive Chef Derek Johnstone has led the menus, which will champion hyper-seasonal local ingredients as well as Scottish seafood and game, showcasing the best of classic British cuisine.

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Examples of dishes include Ayrshire mussels with nduja, fennel, cider and lovage; chicken liver parfait with marinated chicory and toast; Scottish bouillabaisse with seaweed and homemade sourdough; and roasted rump of lamb with grilled onion, gem lettuce and thyme sauce. Desserts include sticky caramel pudding with salted caramel sauce; Vanilla Burnt Cheesecake with Baked Rhubarb, Dark Chocolate Brownie with Hazelnut and Arran Glaze, and Scotch Cheese, Biscuits, and Quince.

Meanwhile, a Sunday Roast menu will be available from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., including herb-roasted free-range chicken; rump roast longhorn beef or roasted cauliflower with spring truffles and toasted seeds, served with Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, buttered greens and glazed carrots.

Ayrshire mussels are on the menu

Announcing the news this week, the team behind the Marine believe the new restaurant will be in keeping with the “grandeur” of the iconic Troon Hotel.

They said: “The 78-seat restaurant has been designed with respect to the historic 19th century hotel with an emphasis on timeless grandeur balanced by a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The space is designed to take advantage of the views on the coast with quirky maximalist touches that mark the property’s golfing heritage. comfortable and relaxed for guests.

“The Rabbit will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with The Seal Bar offering a casual option for all-day dining, cocktails and light snacks. The all-day restaurant menu will include dishes such as lemon roast chicken, raw vegetables and herb salad; local cured meats with pickles and bread; or good good haggis with local Arran mustard.

Chef of the Marine Hotel Troon
Chief Derek Johnstone

“Afternoon tea is served between 12pm and 4pm Friday to Sunday, with homemade cakes and cream tea available for hotel guests, the local community and visitors. The Seal accepts dogs with equally unrivaled views of the Ayrshire coastline and has been designed with guest comfort in mind.

“Cocktails will include the Old Fashioned Marine, with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon, Punt e Mes Vermouth and Maple Syrup, The Monk – named after the 9 and hole on the Royal Troon Course with Wyborowa Polish Vodka, espresso and Fra Angelico, and the Smuggler’s Trail with Havana Club Anejo Especial Rum, Falernum, orange, lime and passion fruit.

“Local Ayrshire suppliers are used, including Hendricks gin direct from their nearby base in Girvan and single malt whiskey from the Isle of Arran distillery just across the water.

Marine Hotel Troon
The menu features seasonal Scottish produce

Ahead of the new opening, Executive Chef Derek Johnstone said: “We are delighted to be launching The Rabbit Restaurant and The Seal Bar in Troon this summer. Troon is a stunning coastal town with many amazing Scottish goods on its doorstep.

“The menus offer truly hearty and comforting dishes created by our talented team. There is a range of options to suit all palates, from light bites to large plates, all to be enjoyed in a relaxed setting with family and friends around of the table.”

The Rabbit and The Seal are located within Marine Troon, renowned for being a remarkable Victorian sandstone hotel with stunning views of the Old Course at Royal Troon Golf Club, which will once again host The Open Championship in 2024.

An hour from Glasgow, Scotland’s west coast is a consistently popular destination for visitors and walkers, as well as offering world-class golf.

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The bar and restaurant will open as part of the Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts collection at Marine Troon. It is developed and operated by White Rabbit Projects, whose hotel portfolio includes 18 St Andrews, The Lawn, Garden House, The Alice, Lina Stores, Kricket and Island Poké. Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts is owned by Adventurous Journeys (AJ) Capital Partners, with Marine Troon joining two other Scottish golf properties: Rusacks St Andrews and Marine North Berwick, which opened in 2021.

To learn more about The Rabbit and Seal, follow their Instagram @therabbitandseal and Facebook @therabbitandseal or sign up for their newsletter by visiting therabbitandseal.com

For more information about Marine Troon, please visit https://marineandlawn.com/marinetroon/, you can access restaurant and bar information here

Kasandra J. Stone