Places to Eat

The islands have a long tradition of crofting and fishing spanning 100s of years.  Food would come largely from the fertile land alongside the machair where crops could be grown and sheep & cattle could graze.  Fish and shellfish abound and you will be hard pushed to find any that compares elsewhere.

Today, both top-class restaurant chefs and home-taught enthusiasts will seek your approval of both traditional food and drink, together with modern variations of the recipes.  There’s a wide range of traditional and contemporary places to find food and drink on the islands.  Look out for hotels, restaurants, tiny tea-shops, community centre cafes and takeaways.

The County Hotel

Located right in the heart of Stornoway adjacent to An Lanntair Arts Centre and a few minutes from the ferry terminal, the County is a small, comfortable, traditional hotel with a popular restaurant serving Indian, Italian and local dishes. The restaurant is a popular retreat where islanders and visitors alike can relax and enjoy excellent food served by helpful friendly staff. The County Hotel is 20.9 miles (37 mins) from Tolsta Chaolais


40 №RTH is located just off the A858 near Bragar. The Croft Kitchen has a deli selection and sandwiches on offer at the counter, as well as a fully-fledged takeaway and ‘ready made meals’  menu available for customers to call in and order from (think fish & chips, pizzas, pies, and pastas etc.).  The Verandah Restaurant, newly opened in Jan 2017,  provides a small and intamate environment to relax and enjoy all the exquisit food offerings.  The weekend ‘specials’ menu is so popular it requires an order to be placed soon after it’s revealed on Facebook. The mantra here is ‘Made at 40’, as not only are all menu options…

Loch Croistean Coffee Shop and Restaurant

Situated by the side of Loch Croistean on the way to Uig, the Loch Croistean Coffee Shop & Restaurant is an ideal place to stop for some home cooking in cosy surroundings. Have a relaxing cup of tea with home baking or choose from the all day menu, featuring a ‘Menu of the Day’ & light meals incl. vegetarian, vegan & children’s choices. Light meals are also served. More a lounge than a cafe. Popular with locals & visitors alike, music night on Wednesdays, and 4 course dinners on Fri & Sat evenings – Booking by phone essential. Summer hours: Tues to Sat. 12noon to 8pm. Winter hours: Wed to Sat.12noon…