Forget quinoa; try black pudding

Like the rest of Scotland, Harris and Lewis have moved on the from the days of lasagne and chips. The islands’ lamb, venison, fish and seafood are unsurpassed, and there is a growing number of excellent restaurants and cafés in which to enjoy them.

If you want to cook for yourself, we have a well-equipped kitchen at Sith-Phort. You can buy excellent butcher meat locally from A.D. Munro in Tarbet or from one of the many high-quality butchers in Stornoway. Why not try Stornoway black pudding, now classed as a superfood, or even better: Harris black pudding?

We like to pair our black pudding with Hebridean scallops. Stornoway has three excellent fishmongers selling reasonably priced fresh fish and seafood caught by local boats. If you want to spice things up, you’ll find a comprehensive range of herbs and spices at the Good Food Boutique on Stornoway’s Cromwell Street, as well a select range of fine wines for special occasions.

Stoking the Rayburn
Stoke up the Rayburn and get cooking

On Harris, we now have Isle of Harris Distillery. Opened in 2015, the distillery won’t bottle the first batch of its Hearach whisky until 2020 at the earliest, but in the meantime, you can sample the Isle of Harris gin. Made with hand-dived sugar kelp, it is only available directly from the distillery. We recommend drinking it on the rocks with a couple of slices of grapefruit as the distillery advises or paring it with Fever Tree tonic water.

For eating out locally, we particularly favour the North Harbour Bistro on Scalpay, which serves delicious evening meals with the emphasis on sea food, and Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom, which has wonderful home-baking and excellent coffee and tea. You can also buy tasty takeaway meals cooked with seasonal local produce from Croft 36.