I’m just back from another wonderful trip to Scotland. It’s been a feast for the eyes, with beautiful and rugged landscapes, a feast for the soul, from the wonderful welcoming people I have met and of course a feast for my stomach too. Over the last few weeks I have eaten far too much wonderful Scottish grown and produced food and I want to share my top food finds with you;
Taking it’s name from it’s location; No 40 North Bragar on Isle of Lewis, this is an independent food business serving Scottish food at it’s best. 40 North strives and succeeds to bring the freshest local foods to local residents on a daily basis and travellers (like me). The extensive food menu includes; locally reared and on-premises cured meats, locally culled venison, freshly baked breads and homemade ice creams. They also prepare a wide range of cook at home meals to take away.
My favourite; Venison and roasted veg sandwich on oatmeal bread.
Also on the Isle of Lewis is the last of the traditional smoke houses in The Hebrides. The smokehouse is located in the harbour, on Shell Street which was the heart of the old Herring industry.
My Favourite; Delicious, famous and incredibly well priced Stornoway Kippers.
I am a big fan of the soft Scottish cheese Crowdie but this has to be my favourite. Farm made with the dairy’s organic milk you can taste the freshness!
My Favourite; Serve this Crowdie heaped onto Barley Bannocks.
I love the treat of fresh fish and chips when I’m away and by the sea. It doesn’t get much fresher than eating locally landed haddock and chips at Ullapool harbour from Deli-Ca-Sea. You need to be hardy to eat it on the harbour benches, hardy from the winds and hardy to protect your supper from the huge and fearless local gulls! But it is worth it for the salty air.
My Favourite; Get there early for the freshly landed haddock.
- Coffee at the Morven Gallery
When I saw the sign that said ‘fine coffee’ I was searching the Isle of Lewis for a good strong coffee. What I didn’t expect to find was the oasis that is Morven Gallery cafe. Using their beloved Synesso machine a full range of outstanding espresso based coffees are severed alongside filter’s and a wide range of high quality teas.
My favourite; The espresso coffee’s are amazing but I actually opted for the single estate filter’s which are timed to perfection!