Whilst in Mull you can enjoy some wonderful local produce and I hope to give you a concise guide to what is available. Please google the different producers for more information. A good place to start is the Mull and Iona Food Trail www.mullandionafood.co.uk which gives you an informative tour around all the islands eateries and producers. In terms of our local food we’ll start with closest first! All directions are if you are heading from Achnadrish. As close as it gets - Paula from next door makes wonderful Jam which she sells from a box outside her house. Dervaig Artisan Bakery www.dervaigbakery.co.uk in the village bakes 2 or 3 times a week and produces some real treats. Check out their Facebook page for dates and info on the bake. Dougie’s Premier Stores in Dervaig stocks many local producers foods: Fiona Boa’s (our neighbouring farm) bacon, sausages and pork, Island Pork, Tobermory Fish Company smoked trout and salmon, Island bakery biscuits and Isle of Mull cheese and shortbread. Am Birlinn Restaurant – on the road to Calgary about 4 miles from Achnadrish is an amazing dining experience with a high standard and lots of local produce on the menu. If you are a group of 4 or more they can collect you and bring you home if you are wanting to sample the delicious Wine Menu! Calgary Tea room and Arts in Nature - perfect for lunch or a cup of tea and a cake after a walk on the beach. Heading towards Tobermory, the Glass Barn at Sgriob-ruadh Farm (take a left just before you get to Tobermory, after the campsite) has a great day menu with a focus on their own farm produce, the famous Isle of Mull Cheese and their delicious pork which you can also buy in their farm shop.
Tobermory has a multitude of excellent restaurants and shops. Probably the best shop for local produce is Tobermory Fish Co in Baliscate (100 metres south of the roundabout in a small retail area). Sally sells her wonderful smoked fish as well as local seafood, some fresh, some frozen. Isle of Mull Ice cream on the main street is a must have! Made from milk produced locally at Sgriob-ruadh farm, Kyle has some wonderfully inventive ice cream recipes. Tobermory Bakery on the main street has delicious bread, very generously sized cakes and pastries and a wonderful menu of local produce including a lot of produce from Glengorm Estate which owns the bakery. They also sell fresh meat and a lot of other goodies. The restaurants in Tobermory all make use of the great supply of local meats and seafood we have here and are all good, but if you can get a table and you love seafood, Café Fish is the place to go! With a very varied seafood menu aswell as some meat and vegetarian dishes, it is award winning, extremely popular and has a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Seafood (prawns, squats and lobsters) is sometimes sold on the fishermans pier in Tobermory, please ask me for details. Glengorm Gardens is well worth a visit, Sarah has transformed the walled garden into a hive of produce and does vegetable boxes in season. Another great resource for seeking out local produce are the Producers Markets. There is one in Tobermory at the Aros Hall filled with bread, pies cakes, vegetables, and arts and crafts every Monday 12 -2pm. The last Sunday of every month in the season sees the Dervaig Village hall fill with tempting treats and goodies to buy 1.30-3.30pm. Craignure also hosts a market, dates for this season are: 1st April, 6th May, 10th June, 15th July, 19th August, 23rd September and 2nd December. You can buy Mussels fresh from Inverlussa Farm, on the road to Pennygael, just beyond Lochdon, they have an honesty box from Easter to October but due to its popularity it does sometimes run out! If you are looking for something special and delicious try www.heartandholtfood.com often to be found at the Monday producers market in Tobermory, they will also cater for private orders and events. Other shops further afield are the Old Post office at Loch Buie, Flora runs an honesty shop selling all manner of goodies and also sells delicious ready meals for your freezer for those evenings when you can’t be bothered to cook or go out! www.oldpostofficelochbuie.co.uk We are lucky enough to have our own slaughter house on Mull, just South of Salen you can buy all sorts of meat from different producers, mostly frozen. If you’re heading down to Iona then you must stop of to sample some food from the Creel, a small shack by the pier selling the most delicious seafood.
A great place to keep abreast of events is our Facebook page, and also the Facebook pages of the different producers.