Food and Drink
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You don't have to travel too far from Firth View to find a wide variety of tasty food, from cosy cafés to family-run restaurants specialising in local produce, takeaways to table service - they're all here! Although we only offer breakfast here at Firth View, if you fancy picking up a takeaway and a beer or bottle of wine on your return home, you are welcome to use the Lounge as your dining room. We will provide the necessary accoutrements. We would ask that you do not eat in the bedrooms. Alternatively if you would prefer to eat out without your vehicle we are happy to book a local taxi so you don't have to worry about the drive home. Here are a few local suggestions....
In Cromarty (4 miles) you can take your choice. The Royal Hotel is on the seafront with its restaurant and bar open to non-residents while nearby Sutor Creek is owned by locals and uses local Highland produce for its seasonal menu alongside a range of fresh delicious pizzas from its own wood-fired oven. Church Street Cafe is a favourite with visitors and locals alike for coffee and cake. The Cromarty Inn offers traditional pub fayre and down by the ferry slipway you'll find the Slaughterhouse Coffee House and friendly conversation from its Aussie owner.
Heading 3.5 miles in the opposite direction towards Rosemarkie, The Plough has evening meals most nights and a bar serving local beers and ales as well as all the usual pub drinks. Crofters on the shore is a great spot for coffee, a second breakfast if you can squeeze another one in or a bite of lunch! If you take a stroll up the Fairy Glen or along the Rosemarkie Beach, the Community-run Beach Café on the shore is a welcome spot for refreshment with home baking and breakfast rolls and all the profits are ploughed back into local projects.
Fortrose a further mile away, is the home of the Anderson, where you will find an eclectic menu served either in the formal dining room or in the Whisky bar where you'll be presented with more varieties of Dram than you'll see anywhere! For the grand sum of £1 per group Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club opens its clubhouse to visitors and the restaurant, Chanterelle, serves meals at lunch time and evening.
McGinty's Fish and Chip Shop serves all the usual Chippy dishes and just opposite is the Fortrose Café serving food from breakfast until teatime. Further along the High Street is 'IV10' - a Restaurant/Deli/Bar which alongside its full menu also serves small plates of freshly prepared food which is proving very popular and has a bar open til late at weekends.
Avoch's Harbour Chippy often has queues of locals waiting for their freshly caught fish and chips and pizzas. Here you will also find Gabi's Indian Takeaway and the Happy Garden Chinese.
If you're venturing into Inverness then you will find a huge choice of eateries from fast food on the High Street to fine dining in some of the Ness-side hotels. We can always find out more detail for you and book a table if required.
Distilleries and Breweries
It would be very remiss not to mention the Highlands' premier export - Single Malt Whisky. From Firth View there are over 10 whisky distilleries within an hour's drive, many of which will offer a tour to explain the magical process of transforming barley, yeast and water into the golden nectar and giving you the opportunity to taste a wee dram.
The Black Isle also has two breweries - The Cromarty Brewing Company which is a micro-brewery selling to local hostelries and from their onsite shop, while the Black Isle Brewery in Munlochy will offer you a free tour of their processing plant and sell a range of different beers and ales inspired by its Highland location.