We are fortunate to have excellent, local restaurants that we endeavour to give our full support.
We are happy to book taxis on your behalf. Below is a list of restaurants with approximate driving times. Many guests bring cheese platters or cold food etc. and we are happy to provide cutting boards, butter, plates and cutlery. We regret that there are no facilities for guests to heat their own food. If you would like us to make sandwiches for arrival please let us know in advance if possible so we can pick up supplies. Please bring your own alcohol, you have a fridge in your room and we can provide glasses/ice etc. The best place to buy this is at the Co-op in Broadford. The closest licensed store to us is the post office, which is five minutes drive from Carter’s Rest.
From May to August there are more tourists than restaurant tables, so booking in advance for your first night is essential to avoid disappointment.
We often get asked what the general rule is about tipping in restaurants. Usually, if you’re happy with the service it is common to leave 10% of the bill. Beware of restaurants that already add this as a ‘service charge’ or you will be tipping twice. Also, it’s worth asking the waiting staff if they actually get the tips, as many restaurants only give them the cash tips and not those paid on cards – some don’t give them anything, regardless of how you pay – which might affect your decision to tip.
If you are travelling from the mainland bridge and want to eat before you check in, just email or phone to let us know if you won’t be here for 7 pm. The best stop off en-route is the Sligachan Hotel, which serves great pub food! You don’t need a reservation and they serve dinner up until 9 pm. We are a 40-minute drive from there: it’s halfway from the bridge to us. All of the restaurants from this point to Carters Rest will require a reservation in high season (May – September).
Loch Bay Restaurant in the pretty crofting village of Stein is a 40-minute drive from us. Loch Bay is a contemporary Scottish restaurant with classic French influences and has been awarded its first Michelin star. Advanced booking is essential.
Approximately twenty minutes from us is the Old School Restaurant in Dunvegan, which is open from April – end of October. Three courses cost from around £35 per head. Again, advanced booking is essential from May until the end of September. Sunday lunch is excellent value and served throughout the main season.
Thirty minutes’ drive from here is the Ullinish Country Hotel: friendly service in a great location. Wonderful five-course tasting menu served from 7:30 pm. Advanced booking recommended.
The Old Inn pub in Carbost serves excellent food, has live music nights and is located in a beautiful loch shore setting near the Talisker distillery. Approximately 45 minutes drive.
The Edinbane Inn is 40 minutes by car and has had great reviews from guests this season. Check their website for live music nights!
Café Lephin is a 5-minute drive from us, or a nice stroll if you want to stretch your legs. They are licensed and serve soup/sandwiches etc. at reasonable prices. They are currently not serving food after 6 pm.
Portree is 45 minutes by car and has a number of very good places to dine.