There is much food and drink on Mull to enjoy: from the spoils of the sea — scallops, mussels, crabs — to hill-reared organic beef and mutton, wild venison, local cheese, vegetables and Mull-brewed beer and Tobermory whisky.
As well as fresh local food, you can eat out at an increasing number of restaurants, hotels, cafes and pubs all sourcing local producers and suppliers. Take a look at the Mull and Iona Food Trail for more information.
There are also producers’ markets held regularly at Dervaig, Aros and Craignure selling local vegetables, shellfish, meat, home-baking and island-based crafts.
Closer to the cottage is Ardalanish Organic Farm Mull, where Andrew and Anne Smith rear native Kyloe cattle and Hebridean sheep, selling pure beef and mutton. Their Isle of Mull Weavers business at Ardalanish also produce a range of beautiful organic tweeds, throws, rugs, scarves and knitwear from the sheep wool, which is woven on site. In addition, the beach below their farm is one of the most beautiful on Mull — do make a visit.
If you like shellfish, try Inverlussa Mussels at Loch Spelve. TV Chef James Martin has featured the business in his BBC TV programme.
Top Restaurants on the island include:
Ninth Wave, Fionnphort
Ninth Wave at Fionnphort, Mull, has won numerous awards, including won restaurant of the year in the Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards 2015 as well as recognition from the Michelin Guide, Scottish Good Food Guide and The Taste of Scotland Awards. With just 18 seats, booking is essential. In fact, there was a three-week wait for a table last year – so diners are advised to book early! It re opens for the 2016 season on May 1 through to October. Run by Carla Lamont and her fisherman husband John, who not only catches delicacies from the sea but is waiter and wine steward as well.
Tiroran House Hotel & Restaurant
Tiroran House Hotel is owned by Katie and Laurence Mackay. And the hotel’s outstanding restaurant offers contemporary and inspiring cooking and has a coveted 3 Rosettes from the AA. It’s open to non residents every evening, from March 20 this year.