Where to Eat
Opening times given are the latest information provided to us - we recommend that you ring your chosen establishment to check that times are still valid. Advance booking is strongly recommended, especially when there is an event in the Pavilion!
RedPoppy Restaurant @ the Pavilion
In the Pavilion, as its name implies (entrance on the bandstand/Pump Room side of the Pavilion, towards the back). Chef/proprietor Nick Aburrow offers an interesting and varied menu. Hours are currently: Tuesday to Thursday from 12 noon to 3 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm); Friday from 12 noon to 3 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm; Saturday from 12 noon straight through till 9 pm; and Sunday (lunch only) from 12.30 to 3.30 pm. Times may vary depending on events in the Pavilion. See website for more information, including menus.
Tel: 01997 423332
The Highland Hotel is now open to non-residents, offering snacks from 10 am to 10 pm and a selection of hot food from 12 noon to 5 pm, which you can enjoy in the hotel's wood-panelled bar with lovely views over the village and beyond.
Tel: 01997 421457
Phil and Sarina, who have recently taken over the Richmond Hotel, are now offering restaurant and bar meal facilities to non-residents on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 to 9 pm. They also offer a specialist Mauritian menu on Saturday evenings.
Tel: 01997 421300
Coul House Hotel
In Contin, near Strathpeffer. Open to non-residents - Stuart and Susannah Macpherson are happy to offer pre-theatre dining if required. See their website for more information, including mouth-watering menus and wine list!
Tel: 01997 421487
Coffee Shops / Tearooms
Coffee Shop, in Cromartie Buildings, just off the Square in the direction of Dingwall. Recently taken over by Michael and Rona, who plan to open 7 days a week - currently from 11 am to 5 pm but hours are likely to be extended later. During their first week, they offer hot and cold drinks and home baking. They intend to add a light lunch menu from about 22 April.
Tel: 01997 421166
Museum Coffee Shop, beside the Highland Museum of Childhood at the picturesque Old Station. Catherine offers the finest home cooking and baking for breakfast, morning coffees, light lunches, afternoon teas and take-aways. The Coffee Shop is now open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, and at other times for private bookings, by arrangement.
Tel: 07759 690 459
The Wee Swally, in White Lodge, the Square (use the side entrance in Church Brae). This is a Victorian tearoom with a delightful atmosphere and home baking plus soup at lunch-time. From early April, they are usually open throughout the summer "from 11-ish to 4-ish" Tuesday to Friday and "from 12 noon-ish to 4-ish" on Saturday.
Tel: 01997 421730