We are lucky to have some fantastic local produce to work with and we aim to use as many locally produced ingredients as we can and where possible we use fruit, herbs and vegetables from our garden and eggs from our hens. We make our own bread, cakes, shortbread, jams, marmalade and chutneys. In the afternoons we offer tea or coffee and home baking in the sitting room. The quality and provenance of our food has been recognised by a VisitScotland 'Taste our Best' award.
There is a good range of eating out options in nearby Helmsdale and Brora, alternatively you are welcome to bring a carry out back to the house. We do not have an alcohol licence but you are very welcome to bring your own alcohol, there is no corkage charge. We can also provide tasty packed lunches on request.
breakfast - A relaxing breakfast (served at any reasonable time to suit you) will hopefully set you up for your day. Our breakfast menu includes daily changing specials and we can cater for most dietary requirements, please let us know when you book if there is anything that you can't eat.
to start - fruit juices, homemade granola, cereals, fruit, fruit compote (using fruit from the garden), yoghurt, seeds
porridge - made with locally milled oatmeal from Golspie Mill
scottish breakfast - bacon, Grant's sausage, Cockburn's or Grant's black pudding, Grant's haggis, tomatoes, mushrooms, your choice of eggs. We also offer both vegetarian and vegan sausages and haggis for a vegetarian/ vegan scottish breakfast
2 daily changing specials - for example: locally smoked salmon and scrambled eggs; locally smoked haddock with poached eggs; drop scones, fruit and maple syrup; eggs florentine; french toast with caramel banana
bread and pastries - home made and served with home made jams and marmalade
teas and coffee - a variety of teas and freshly brewed Highland Roast coffee
dining out - Both Brora (10 minutes drive) and Helmsdale (10 minutes drive) offer a variety of places to dine out in the evening, from fish and chips to fine dining. We are happy to help with advice and making reservations and if you are cycling or plan to enjoy a drink with your meal we can help you to arrange transport. Please contact the restaurants in advance to make a booking as physical distancing will mean reduced availability to sit in.
La Mirage, Helmsdale, 01431 821 615 - great fish and chips (and a good seafood platter - needs 48 hours notice)
The Bannockburn Inn, Helmsdale, 01431 821 461 - Mey Selections steaks and regional beer
The Belgrave Arms, Helmsdale, 01431 821 242 - pub food and regional beer
Thyme and Plaice, Helmsdale, 01431 821 598 - local bistro, lunchtimes and Friday & Saturday evenings. Carry out only for the time being
C Food & Eat, Helmsdale, 07921 211725 - seafood truck at the harbour, sourced from their own boat. Times vary but generally Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon/ early evening.
Timespan River Cafe, Helmsdale, 01431 821 327 - good cafe in the museum and art gallery. Closed evenings.
Sid's Spice, Brora, 01408 621 467 - our favourite Indian / Bangladeshi food. Runner up in The Herald's 'Scotland's Best Indian Restaurants 2019'.
Cocoa Skye, Brora. 01408 621954 - chocolatier, also hot chocolate, waffles, cakes and snacks. Closed evenings.
Braid's Bistro at Brora Golf Club. 01408 621417. Sunday - Thursday 1100 - 1600, Friday and Saturday 1100 - 1800
A little further afield some of our favourite places to eat are:
Luigi, Dornoch (30 minutes drive south), 01862 810 893, lovely cafe/ restaurant emphasising locally sourced food and seafood. Lunchtimes, plus evenings in the summer months
Dornoch Castle Hotel – well stocked whisky bar, bar food and restaurant. 01862 810216
The Pier, Lairg (40 minutes drive south / inland), 01549 402 971, great cafe/ restaurant cooking with the North of Scotland's larder. Lunchtimes and Friday & Saturday evenings
Greens, Tain (40 minutes drive south), 01862 893874, lively cafe/ restaurant with a good range of dishes. Lunchtimes, Wednesday - Saturday evenings, closed Sundays
Whaligoe Steps Cafe, Ulbster (45 minutes drive north), 01955 651 702, great cafe with a Mediterranean focus. Thursday, Friday and Sundays until 7pm, Saturdays until 9pm
eating in - sometimes going out for a meal is not what you wish to do. If you would prefer to buy a carry out from one of the local restaurants you are welcome to bring it here and eat in the dining room; we are happy to provide crockery, cutlery and glasses for you to use. Alternatively, we offer a small selection of supper platters:
Supper platters £17 per person - we offer cheese, smoked salmon or charcuterie platters served in the dining room; we ask that you book and select these 48 hours in advance as we buy the ingredients to order:
Highland charcuterie platter - a selection of highland venison and pork charcuterie with home made bread, oatcakes, home made chutney, fruit and olives
Local smoked salmon platter - locally smoked salmon, home made bread, lemon, mustard dressing and garden salad
Local cheese platter - a selection of local cheeses with home made chutney, home made bread, oatcakes, olives and fruit
We do not have an alcohol licence but you are very welcome to bring your own bottle, there is no corkage charge.
provenance - We are blessed with some truly wonderful produce in the North Highlands. We aim to take advantage of this, and keep our food miles down, by sourcing our ingredients as locally as possible in addition to using our own garden produce and eggs. Some of our local suppliers are listed below:
Local honey producers (Ballinreach, Brora, Halkirk and Dornoch)
Robert Grant butcher, Golspie
AG Campbell fishmonger, Golspie
Cockburn & Son, Dingwall
Highland Fine Cheese, Tain
Great Glen Charcuterie, Roy Bridge