Discover the unique flavour of the Western Isles...
Not only famous for it's spectacular, selection of freshly-caught seafood, the Outer Hebrides also produces a smorgasbord of other homegrown delicacies that are well worth seeking out during your visit. From the iconic Stornoway Black Pudding to succulent lamb, earthy smoked salmon and rich tablet, there's plenty to tuck into on your trip North...
*Please note that this information was correct as of March 2020 and due to COVID-19, some restaurants may be operating under new guidelines - for full information, we recommend you contact the establishment directly.*
Serving delicious hand-prepared dishes as well as local delicacies, our Storehouse cafe is the perfect place to take a moment after your exploration of the Lews Castle grounds. Enjoy a frothy coffee or two from the comfort of our unique eatery, before tucking into our tasty specials of the day. We also serve Afternoon Tea in our spectacular ground-floor rooms, available 7 days per week. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Enjoy the combination of traditional Scottish recipes with other world cuisines. There’s a perfect selection of wines specially chosen to complement the food and offer the same combination of the highest possible quality and good value. On cool evenings, the open flame fire gives a warming glow, while the thick stone walls keep the Boathouse cool on hot summer days. FIND OUT MORE
If you're looking for freshly-caught mussels, the juiciest scallops and a variety of veggie options, this Stornoway favourite is a must. (There's even a delicious 'Harris Gin and Tonic Lemon Tart'!) FIND OUT MORE
Uig Sands Restaurant
A newly built family-run restaurant with a fabulous view overlooking Uig Sands. Serving fresh and local food as much as possible, including incredible local fish and shellfish, lamb, venison and much more, catering for all diets. Please check ahead for opening hours and booking highly recommended. FIND OUT MORE
The Scallop Shack
One of the best places to hunt out fresh seafood on the western coast of Lewis, the Scallop Shack offers both a small shop where you can buy scallops to take away and cook yourself (they also offer a self-service option if they're still fishing out at sea!), plus a small cafe that's open between June-August that frys them up there and then! FIND OUT MORE
The Machair Kitchen at Talla Na Mara
Chefs Sam Barnes has carefully considered every element of the menu, which contains a mixture of light bites, more substantial options and melt in your mouth cakes (coupled with far-reaching views of the western beaches of Harris!). FIND OUT MORE
Striving to source only the finest local ingredients, they serve scallops hand dived from the sea lochs of South Harris, halibut, monkfish and many more sustainably caught in the Minch. Mussels and salmon ecologically farmed around Lewis, lamb and venison from the Harris hills, Highland born and bred beef, Perthshire strawberries and raspberries and much, much more. FIND OUT MORE
Isle of Harris Distillery
Footsteps from the wonderfully fragrant peat fire that burns in the heart of the distillery, visitors can enjoy a tempting menu of comforting homemade dishes at the in-house canteen. With gorgeous cakes, freshly-made bakes, hearty soups and healthy specials, there's more than enough to enjoy after you've explored the stills! FIND OUT MORE
Looking to stock up your kitchen apartment with the best Hebridean ingredients? We recommend starting your search with these nearby local suppliers:
- Stag Bakeries - Artisan bakery in Stornoway, serving locals and guests since 1885 and stocked in luxury grocers across the UK
- Charles Macleod Butchers - The creators of the iconic Stornoway Black Pudding, winner of countless awards and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, under the EU scheme.
- Islander Shellfish - Suppliers of quality seafood and shellfish, landed each day from the adjacent Stornoway harbour
- The Good Food Boutique - Primarily a Delicatessen, specialising in hand made artisan products but also covers a much wider market of high quality food items for the real foodies as well as a selection of whole foods.
- Delights Cafe - Fantastic, homemade cakes, coffee and traybakes, available to take away.
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