Eating out round Inverness – Sutor Creek Cafe in Cromarty

If you’re planning to visit Inverness and are looking for a great restaurant, I can highly recommend Sutor Creek Cafe in Cromarty.

This super little restaurant is only a half hour drive from Inverness, and is situated near the sea front in the picturesque and historic little town of Cromarty (right next to Ecoventures Dolphin Tours).

Chef Colin and front-of-house manager Sarah have created a quirky little place selling top notch food in a relaxed environment. The restaurant has a great seaside feel to it, and is reminiscent of the beach-side restaurants more commonly found in California and the Antipodes. Striking original artwork (some of which is for sale) by locally based artist Rosie Newman lines the walls.

The restaurant has a wood fired pizza oven, used to cook the delicious in-house pizzas. The oven is put into service to slow roast meat for Sunday lunch – and you will not find roast meat more tender or tasty anywhere. No wonder the restaurant was named in The Independent newspaper as one of the 50 best places in the UK for Sunday lunch! The daily changing menus also feature fresh salads, plenty of fish dishes (utilising the freshest, locally caught catch of the day), and a tantalising selection of dishes from around the world. The ingredients are fresh, seasonal, and organic. The wine list and the beer are also organic (though only the beer is local – from the Black Isle Brewery – as there aren’t too many vineyards in the north of Scotland!

Check the website for opening hours (more restricted – Friday to Sunday – during the winter months).

Your Inverness B&B host will be happy to offer more information and directions for finding Cromarty. For a selection of the best bed and breakfast accommodation in Inverness, click on the Inverness Guest House Association website. The members of our Inverness bed and breakfast association have all been quality assessed and graded by the Automobile Association or by Visit Scotland, and all offer excellent Highland accommodation.

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Living Food at Cawdor Castle – celebrating the rich diversity of Highland food produce

Cawdor Castle is the picturesque setting for this year’s Living Food event, taking place on Saturday 26 September, between 10 am and 5 pm. There will be around 50 stalls selling a fine range of locally produced food and drink. Among producers attending are the Ullapool Bakery, Dry Island, Wester Ross Fisheries and Sleepy Hollow (fish), Walk Farm and Geddes Free Range (meat), McLeod Organics (vegetables), Connage and Wester Lawrenceton (cheese). The Black Isle Brewery will be supplying organic beer and Highland Wholefoods will be supplying organic wine to accompany the barbecue hosted by Cawdor Castle.

Michelin starred chef, Charlie Lockley of Boath House, will be doing a cooking demonstration, and Alexander Campbell Chapman of the Findhorn Foundation will be providing music.

Admission is £4 for adults and fee for under 16s, and includes admission to Cawdor Castle grounds and gardens. Your Inverness accommodation provider will be delighted to give detailed directions on how to find Cawdor Castle.

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