Local Food and Drink
Great Grub on the Go
Over the last few years a number of mobile food vans have popped up in all corners of the island, opening up opportunities to try local produce as well as classic hot filled rolls and fish suppers. If you don’t feel like cooking in the evening, or you want to pick up lunch on your way to the beach, these places put regular menu updates on the social media pages:
Island Bites – Just a few minutes’ walk along the road from Fasgadh, it is family run and offers classic breakfast, lunch and evening options, including fresh curries and lovely desserts.
Lorna’s Larder – Three miles south of Tarbert at the Golden Road turning is this busy van with locally caught fish and scallops hand dived by owner Grant as a speciality, as well as daily special dishes.
Blas bhan Iar / Taste of the West – Set at Horgarbost campsite in South Harris, this popular outlet prepares top quality meat and produce from the owner’s croft, and is just a couple of minutes’ walk from Horgabost beach.
Butty Bus – Further south at Leverburgh pier is this converted bus wittily described by owner Chris as a ‘4 Michelin tyre’ restaurant. His Cullen Skink soup certainly has a loyal following amongst locals and is a regular dish on his menu.
Taste 'n Sea – About 20 minutes north of Tarbert by car you can find this fab food outlet with its renowned fresh fish box as well as some lovely home baking, and all with a superb view over Loch Seaforth.
Vegans may want to look away now, or even those usually gung-ho when it comes to sampling local specialities. If black pudding hadn’t already been invented and become part of local food tradition, it probably wouldn’t exist. The rich mixture of oatmeal, suet and animal blood was first produced as a thrifty means of using up absolutely every part of an animal, but is now enjoyed as part of a full Scottish breakfast rather than by necessity. It also goes marvellously with pan fried scallops.
As well on menus at restaurants across the island, you can find black pudding in the chiller cabinet of local shops. Our local black pudding has been awarded Protected Geographical Indication, putting it alongside produce like Champagne and Parma ham as an example of high quality fare distinctive to a particular area. As a whole pudding, it is easily transported home and travels well as a rather unusual memento of your time here.
When you come to Fasgadh and you want to try some local seafood you have a couple of fantastic options for lunch and dinner just a couple of minutes’ walk from your front door.
Turn left and a short stroll through the village will take you to Hotel Hebrides right at the pier. There is a bar menu available with locally caught fish and chips and also a restaurant where you can sample fresh fish, lobster and other shellfish, wines and cocktails.
Harris Hotel is a traditional island hotel with a lovely dining room and a less formal bar where you can enjoy a varied menu with local fish and seafood, as well as a huge selection of Malt Whiskies.
But if you want to prepare your own sparkling fresh seafood we can help with the practicalities, and the vital ingredients.
Our own family boat fishes using the most sustainable method – with creels. Depending on the time of year, we can supply langoustines, lobster and brown crab. Line caught sustainable species like mackerel and pollock and hand dived scallops are also available on request and weather permitting. In fact, why not catch your own on a sea angling trip with Isle of Harris Sea Tours? Fasgadh is well equipped with the means to prepare, cook and eat it all. All you need is a nice chilled bottle of white and your appetite!