At the heart of the house is Franklin’s Restaurant, a small, candlelit restaurant with six spaciously-set tables. Food is cooked to your liking and you can take your time, relax, chat between yourselves or with other guests, and savour every moment in an unhurried fashion.
If you like ‘fine dining without the pretentiousness’, you’ll be at home in Franklin’s. You’ll see food you won’t see in other restaurants, yet there’s always something available for every taste.
We want to make each and every guest’s evening special, a bit quirky, enjoyable and memorable. Nine times out of ten (if we have timed the tables right), Lloyd will come out of the kitchen to describe his desserts. There’s no written dessert menu and this is part of the Cluny Bank experience you should really try not to miss.
Our current menu is displayed on our website. We are more than happy to cater for vegetarians or special dietary requirements with advance notice.
Every meal is lovingly prepared…
… by the passionate chef/owner Lloyd, who sources, prepares and cooks each and every dish. He only uses the best local ingredients, meat from Macbeths Butchers, cheese from Connage Dairy, berries from Wester Hardmuir (when in season), Lobster is landed in Lossiemouth and most of our fish comes in at Scrabster.
These are the same suppliers we have used for years and together with the same person doing the cooking, you can be sure that each and every time you visit the food will be just as good or better than the last time.
The hallmark of the genuinely delicious dining offered here is – flavour. From the amuse-bouche tasse of soup, through succulent cuts of meat and traditional puds, the embrace of real food taste is warming and comforting.
Chef has an abundance of natural talent supported by a hard work ethos, and it shines through: not in overly fashionable, delicate plating – but in generosity of flavour and quality of ingredients that have met his critical approval.
You simply know, you can instinctively sense that it’s all good stuff, done properly.”
– Gary Mclean-Quin – Scottish Food Awards – October 2017
Advance reservations are essential at all times as we only shop and prepare for bookings that have been made on any particular evening. This ensures our guests are served dishes made from the freshest ingredients possible.
When booking a table it is yours for the evening, we don’t turn tables. Timing of tables is important to us, we want to be able to give everyone our undivided attention and to give the kitchen a chance to prepare each dish to the standard we set ourselves.
Franklins Restaurant is open to residents Mon-Sat evening from 6.00pm and last table sitting at 7.45pm. Reservations are required if you wish to dine in the restaurant during your stay with us. For those booking Dine and Stay, the price includes a 3 course meal, with little surprises, of your choice from our Restaurant menu. Please note our restaurant is closed on a Sunday evening.
Cooked breakfast is served 7am-9am Monday to Friday and 8am-9.30am at weekends. Cold buffet breakfast comprising of cereals, fresh fruits, yoghurts and breads remains available till 9.30am Monday to Friday and 10am Saturday and Sunday.
The restaurant is open to non residents for evening meals Monday to Saturday from about 6.00pm with last table arrival at 7.45pm. However as we have to ensure that we have tables for our resident guests we will only be releasing tables to non-residents 10-7 days in advance unless we are already aware of our guests dining requirement. Advance reservations are essential at all times. Please telephone 01309 674304 for enquiries or to reserve a table.
Gift Vouchers for Franklin’s Restaurant
A Gift Voucher is an ideal present for a special occasion, whether it is a birthday, anniversary or a special treat to say thank you to friends or colleagues. Our food and ambience will be enjoyed by whoever is the recipient. You can either contact us directly or click here to order your vouchers online. Our vouchers can be used for accommodation, restaurant or both.