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Our spacious self-service restaurant has become an attraction in its own right and features in numerous guides. We use the freshest ingredients and try where possible and practical to source local ingredients. All of our beef, venison, and fish are of the finest Scottish quality available.
Since starting up our first coffee shop in the late 1960s we have followed the same formula of healthy foods, served in good portions. We do not serve fried foods, and even the croutons that we give you to put in your soup are baked in the oven! Everything is prepared on the premises, from sandwiches, salads, soups through to our savoury pastries and our famous home baking!
Our reputation over the years has always been for producing fantastic, filling soups and for most of the season, you will have a variety of 5 to choose from at any time. Our best seller through the years has proved to be our Cullen Skink - the finest Mallaig peat smoked Haddock, with onions, tatties, fish stock and cream. To say that people cannot get enough of it is an understatement. On one busy day, we managed to sell 75 litres of this fabulous soup.
Soups are available to take away - these are freshly frozen and can be purchased from Goodies & Gifts and The Snack Stop Cafe to take home with you.
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Main meal items produced in the main kitchens are hearty affairs. We always have a selection of traditional Scottish dishes on offer, as well as the internationally recognised Lasagne and macaroni. Pasta dishes do feature on our all day menu - these are so popular with the customers who have been hill walking, cycling or whatever healthy pursuit they have been doing!
Always trying to improve quick-to-eat, snack items, you don't want to miss our range of home made pastries. These are a crispy delight! There is a vegetarian cheese and onion option, and the meat pastries vary daily between Steak, Haggis and Steak Mince. Enjoy these in the restaurant, or purchase them at the Snack Stop! A cracking meal deal is available here - a pastry and a soup to take away and enjoy! Ask a member of staff for details!
Our home baking continues going from strength to strength - once again, all of our baking is available for you to take home - The Snack Stop and the Filling Station have baking selections and we highly recommend our Fruit, Banana and Date and Walnut loaves - these are all baked fresh for you. So many customers over the years admit to taking the loaves home, whipping the wrapping off, feeding them to their friends and pretending to have baked them, themselves!! (Why not!) They can be taken home and put in your freezer for those emergency moments!
We have 3 full time bakers who can normally be seen from the till area of the restaurant, under a mound of flour, up to their elbows in sultanas or plastered in chocolate! The mixers and ovens in this department have to work very hard indeed!
Vegetarians have a huge amount of choice - not just baked tatties either Sweet Potato & Leek Bake, Mushroom and three cheese pasta to mention just a couple. It's not just vegetarians that we like to look after, if you have a dietary requirement, let us know, we are confident that we can cater for you too.
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Coeliac, dairy free and gluten free requirements are met and we always have gluten free bread available to either fill with breakfast ingredients or to go with your bowl of soup. If you can't have a toastie, then don't worry, we can do you a gluten free roll with any toastie filling you wish! We also use gluten free stock in our soup and don't thicken or make soups with any flour products. Check out our gluten free shortbread which we have available in tubs!
Salads are produced from Easter through to October. The salads, produced daily are very healthy and popular. The choice includes Ham, Prawn, Salmon, Tuna Nicoise and a good plain green salad with other goodies in it! Sandwiches and baguettes, are available with so much filling they can be a challenge to pack! Once again, we provide passers by with our full sandwich selection - available for taking away in the The Snack Stop Cafe and the Filling Station.