Culgower House, Loth, Helmsdale. Sutherland, KW8 6HP, Scotland

© 2017-2019 Culgower House 

 

We are lucky to have some fantastic local produce to work with and we are delighted to hold VisitScotland's Taste our Best award. 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.  

There is  a good range of eating out options in nearby Helmsdale and Brora, alternatively we also offer a selection of light suppers which can be pre-booked. 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) round our large table 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.  

from the sideboard - 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 black pudding, Grant's haggis, tomatoes, mushrooms, choice of eggs

daily changing specials - for example: locally smoked salmon and scrambled eggs; drop scones, fruit and maple syrup

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.
 

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 Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings

Timespan River Cafe, Helmsdale, 01431 821 327 - good cafe in the museum and art gallery. Lunchtimes only.
Royal Marine Hotel, Brora, 01408 621 252 - good restaurant or cosy bistro
Sutherland Inn, Brora, 01408 621 209 - good pub food (great homemade burgers), regional beer and cider
Sid's Spice, Brora, 01408 621 467 - our favourite Indian / Bangladeshi food

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, evenings in the summer months

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

Mac and Wild at the Falls of Shin, Achany (50 minutes drive south/ inland), 01549 402 888, natural produce, simply cooked. Lunchtimes and Friday & Saturday evenings

eating in - Sometimes going out for a meal is not what you wish to do so we offer a small selection of light supper dishes. We buy our ingredients to order so would ask that you give us 48 hours notice of your choice of supper. We do not have an alcohol licence but you are very welcome to bring your own bottle, there is no corkage charge.

supper dishes £17 per person (price includes tea / coffee and tablet)
 

culgower salad - pan fried strips of chicken, crispy bites of bacon, served with garden salad and mustard dressing
summer tart - a vegetarian puff pastry tart filled with tomatoes, courgettes and brie, served with a garden salad
local smoked salmon platter - locally smoked salmon, home baked bread, butter, lemon and served with salad
home made pate platter - a pot of home made smoked fish pate, home baked bread, butter, home made chutney and salad
local cheese platter - three local cheeses, oatcakes, butter, home made chutney, fruit and salad
home made soup and sandwiches - a bowl of home made soup (usually a vegetable soup made with whatever is in season in the garden), served with home baked rolls filled with your choice of: local cheddar and chutney, smoked salmon and salad or ham and tomatoes

 

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:

Golspie Mill

Local honey producers (Halkirk, Brora and Dornoch)

Robert Grant butcher, Golspie

AG Campbell fishmonger, Golspie

Cockburn & Son, Dingwall

Inverness Coffee Roasting Company

Highland Fine Cheese, Tain