Since posting a favorite Scottish recipe (Shepherd's Pie) that was inspired by our recent trip to the UK, we wanted to share a bit more about our wonderful holiday in Scotland. You know, in case you are planning a trip there!
We rented a cliffside house called Eagle Rock in the little town of Applecross. Applecross is a fishing village located in the Scottish Highlands with a population of about 300. In such a remote place we didn't expect to find one of the most delicious restaurants- let alone two. This place is a food lovers dream!
The Applecross Inn
The Applecross Inn is one of the two only restaurants for miles. Michelin rated, this cozy little pub lives up to it's big hype.
The magic of Scottish fare is their fresh ingredients - so fresh that while we sat outside with our cider we got to watch the local fisherman bring in the daily catch. There is seriously nothing better than knowing your lunch just came right out of the water.
Our favorite by far was the curried white crab and mango salad - they even served it in a charming little clamshell. We so badly want to perfect this recipe and have accepted that it will be a serious challenge.
The Applecross Inn also has a retro style food truck out front as an alternative way of dining and for take-out. They offer the Inn's popular Fish and Chips, as well as sweet treats like cakes, cookies, and delicious coffee. They even have a wide selection of unusual, old fashioned ice cream flavors such a rhubarb, gooseberry, and vanilla greengage. We became regulars after a day!
The Walled Garden - Potted Shed Cafe
The second (and only other) restaurant was the Walled Garden - Potted Shed Cafe and Restaurant. While the Applecross Inn gives that iconic and classic Scottish pub vibe, The Potted Shed Cafe is a rustic style cottage that offers a more enchanting botanical feel. It really is a once in a lifetime experience.
The Potted Shed Cafe prides itself on its locally sourced food, and boy does it pay off! My favorite dish by far was the White Wine Mussels. They smelled so good I forgot to take a picture of them to share! Seriously, they were gone in under 2 mins.
As if this place couldn't get any more charming, the walled garden is actually a garden surrounded by a 14 ft wall where they have almost 3 acres of land open to explore (and did we ever).
We were lucky enough to visit both restaurants multiple times during our stay (the beauty of only having two options). Funny enough- we left wishing we had more time to explore their menus. Every time we sat down we made sure to order something different. Honestly, we weren't disappointed once.
While both Applecross restaurants were unique in their menus and styles, they shared one thing in common; both were staffed by some of the kindest folks you will ever meet. Applecross stole our hearts and we can only hope to get back there one day.