Our Favourite Food & Drink

South Harris has much to offer in terms of locally produced food and drink, with one or two exciting new additions to the area. With the right contacts it is also possible to source freshly landed langoustine, crab and hand dived scallops to enjoy back at the Croft. 

We have put together a list of some of our favourites to help you as you arrive. If you are interested in eating in one of the restaurants, we would advise making an early booking so you are not disappointed.

Here is a list of most of what’s available in South Harris – but always check Facebook pages or websites for up-to-date information on opening times and date

Scarista House

For a special treat, this is a lovely setting for a delicious meal based around local produce. – a Georgian former manse 20 minutes drive up the west coast. Tim and Patricia run this boutique hotel overlooking Scarista beach with a deeply personal feel.  There’s a pretty good cellar, as well. Book well ahead to get a table! 

Photo courtesy of Scarista House

The Anchorage

Just 10 minutes from the Croft at the pier in Leverburgh, Sally runs the Anchorage Restaurant using local seafood and fish, when possible landed that day at the pier. A great place to watch the sunset as you down a seafood platter! There’s a bar area if you fancy a drink.  They also offer ‘Anchorage at Home’.

North Harbour Bistro

Well worth the drive, George’s bistro on the Isle of Scalpay has won loads of awards for what is arguably the best fish restaurant in the Hebrides. Closed at present but hopefully re-opening soon. Check Facebook page for latest information.

Photo courtesy of North Harbour Bistro

Sam's Seafood Shack

Sam’s shack is to be found 15 minutes drive from the Croft via Leverburgh and Rodel, or under an hour’s walk across the cliffs to Rodel and up the Golden Road. Sam serves amazing fish and seafood dishes, such as fish goujons, home made fishcakes and beer battered smoked mussels, with his famous seaweed roast potatoes. Join the queue, which helps build the anticipation!

Temple

Amanda offers a delicious array of sourdoughs, croissants and other baked deliciousness. Check out her range of conserves and other foods made using botanicals foraged on the island. Enjoy a ‘coffee to go’ and perhaps a ‘machair bun’ overlooking the Northton Salt Marsh.

Click and Collect is now available from Temple, Northton. 

Photo courtesy of Temple

Croft 36

Julie has run Croft 36 since 2010 using locally sourced seafood and home grown produce to offer delicious takeaway food such as crab soup, langoustine quiche, fish and vegetable pasties. Julie also makes lovely bird feeders and decorationsfrom willow grown on her land. It all operates on an honesty box…get there early as she sells out!

Photo courtesy of Croft 36

Isle of Harris Brewery

If you have a penchant for craft beer, you are extremely lucky to live two doors from what may be the UK’s smallest brewery! From his tiny brewshed Nick produces a delicious range of ales, stouts and IPA’s. Just order online and he will nip over with your selection. 

Photo courtesy of Isle of Harris Brewery

Lorna's Larder

 Lorna provides great wholesome food, including a ‘Surf & Turf Burger’ with Grant’s hand-dived scallops and Aberdeen Angus beef! Pre-order is recommended for an evening take away. You will find Lorna 30 minutes drive towards Tarbert, at the start of The Golden Road.

Photo courtesy of Lorna's Larder

The Butty Bus

On the pier in Leverburgh, the Butty Bus serves cooked to order fish & chips, burgers and curries….there is often a home-made Cullen Skink too. Locally sourced meals for locals and tourists alike.

Photo courtesy of The Butty Bus

Seas the Catch

You can get hold of seafood, especially the most amazing langoustine, fresh from the sea landed at Leverburgh. Try Neilly on 07793 949559 or his website if he’s at sea.

Photo courtesy of Seas The Catch

Grant Fulton

Grant is the only person who hand dives for scallops on the island. They are amazing!!!

Photo courtesy of Lorna's Larder

Isle of Harris Distillery

Of course it would be rude not to mention the Isle of Harris Distillery in Tarbert. The shop not only sells their eponymous gin but also the necessary accompaniments such as the sugar kelp aromatic water, artisan tonic water and of course pink grapefruit. There’s also a small wine selection to help wash down your home-cooked seafood. 

Photo courtesy of Isle of Harris Distillery