Pleasenote some of these businesses will be closed for the Winter.
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. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and is just a selection of our personal favourites. 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. 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. The Bellachroy Inn in Dervaig is our closest pub, a 2 mile walk over the hill if you want to leave the car at home and they serve delicious food and a range of beers. 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, It's hard to drive past Island biscuits without picking up some treats from the honesty shop, I recommend the lemon melts! The Glass Barn at Sgriob-ruadh Farm (take a left just before you get to Tobermory, after the campsite) is a wonderful space and 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. Tobermory Stores also stocks a wide range of local produce and some home cooked produce. Isle of Mull Ice cream on the main street of Tobermory 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. Pier Cafe just below Cafe Fish has a wide menu of delicious food and you can sit outside and watch the boats in the harbour. 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. Glengorm Coffee Shop is a great cafe with delicious food and a great stop off for a rest if you are walking in the area. It is possible to walk there off road from Achnadrish and is approx 4-5 miles each way. Another great resource for seeking out local produce are the Producers Markets. The Open air producers market in Tobermory is every Monday this season and is filled with bread, pies cakes, vegetables, and arts and crafts. 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. 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! Other shops further afield are the Old Post office at Loch Buie, Flora runs a wonderful shop and tea room 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! 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. We have a new business in Tobermory supplying local meats. http://www.islandmeats.scot/
If you’re heading down to Iona or to some of the wonderful beaches in the ross of Mull then you must stop of to sample some food from the Creel, a small shack by the pier selling the most delicious seafood. The Hen House is a sweet little shop and cafe on the Western Coast of Mull on the road to Ulva Ferry. Well worth a stop off. The Boat house on Ulva is highly recommended, delicious fresh produce and there are some wonderful walks on Ulva. Ballygown Restaurant is wonderfully eclectic with delicious home cooking in a beautiful location on the road to Ulva Ferry on the West Coast of Mull.
A great place to keep abreast of events is our Facebook page, and also the Facebook pages of the different producers.