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Top 10 places to eat in the Hebrides, according to TripAdvisor reviews

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Customers who have sampled the culinary delights of the islands have had their say on the top places to eat and drink there.

If you want to get a sense of an area’s culinary scene, you need look no further than TripAdvisor reviews.

Below, we’ve collated the top 10 of all types of restaurants in the Hebrides, based on the number of five stars they’ve received out of all their TripAdvisor reviews from customers past and present.

Despite the Highlands and Islands being in tier 1 currently, these areas are suffering from a lack of tourism and footfall so several of these restaurants may be temporarily closed, offering takeaway only or operating under reduced hours so it’s best to check their websites or social media pages for more information.

You can look at the TripAdvisor list here, which matched up with the list below at the time of writing.

10. The Boatshead Restaurant

Address: 81 Cromwell Street, Stornoway HS1 2DG
Tel: 01851 702 109

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 490 reviews

Profile: Located in The Royal Hotel, the Boatshead Restaurant is one of the top restaurants to visit in Stornoway. With a view looking out over the harbour, it’s one of the town’s best places to unwind with a glass of wine and take in the sights. With a menu filled to the brim with seafood and other local produce, it makes sense that the Boatshead is one of the top 10 places to visit on the Islands.

It's a little dreich outside..Our Venison dish is the perfect winter-y dish to entice you to leave the house and warm up in our restaurant.Please phone ahead to book a table and avoid dissapointment.

Posted by The Boatshed Restaurant and Bar Bistro on Friday, 13 November 2020

9. Sam’s Seafood Shack

Address: A859, Rodel HS5 3TW
Tel: 01859 520 444

TripAdvisor rating: 5/5 from 76 reviews

Profile: Based in a caravan on the A859 near Rodel, Sam’s Seafood Shack isn’t to be missed if you’re ever on the Isle of Harris. There is something for everyone, including pizzas on a Friday and an array of fish dishes throughout the week all served up in takeaway boxes so you can sample the local foods while taking in the beautiful scenery. The shack is usually open from 12pm-4pm or until they are sold out.

😄🦀Hi folks, we’re OPEN today from 12-4pm. Pop down and pick up some freshly cooked piping hot seafood to takeaway for…

Posted by Sam's Seafood Shack on Thursday, 19 November 2020

8. Uig Community Centre Cafe

Address: Community Centre Eireastadh, Crowlista, Aird Uig HS2 9JE

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 123 reviews

Profile: Sadly the Uig Community Centre Cafe, despite being a popular place to dine, will be closed until April 2021, so customers aren’t able to enjoy it at the moment. However, all is not lost as the community centre itself is doing regular takeaway nights, information for which can be found on their Facebook page.

Curry Takeaway Night, get your orders in quick!

Posted by Uig Community Centre on Monday, 23 November 2020

7. Hebridean Toffee

Address: Castlebay, HS9 5XD
Tel: 01871 810 898

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 198 reviews

Profile: There is nothing quite like a bit of home baking and that’s something the Hebridean Toffee company does well. At their toffee shop on the Isle of Barra, they also have a cafe, which allows customers to enjoy a selection of baked goods, some handmade tablet, the occasional seafood and some hot drinks. There is also a gift shop so you can take some goodies home to your loved ones after your visit.

Fresh out of the oven…Chocolate Ganache Cake 🍰 🍫Make sure to grab a slice before it’s all gone!

Posted by Hebridean Toffee on Saturday, 14 November 2020

6. Castlebay Post Office and Macroon’s Tea Room

Address: Pier Road, Castlebay, Barra HS9 5XD
Tel: 01871 810 312

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 148 reviews

Profile: Serving tea, coffee and home baking to the local community, Macroon’s Tea Room in the local post office is a great place to take a break or meet some of the locals. You might even be lucky enough to meet resident dog-in-charge, Spud.

For all the Spud fans, here is his official 4th birthday portrait. Wherever you are in the world we hope you and yours are well.

Posted by Castlebay Post Office and Macroon's Tea Room on Friday, 25 September 2020

5. North Harbour Bistro and Tearoom

Address: North Harbour, Isle of Scalpay, Harris HS4 3XU
Tel: 01859 540 218

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 725 reviews

Profile: At number five on the top eateries is North Harbour Bistro, which announced back in the summer that it won’t be re-opening again until 2021 and that the team will be working elsewhere on Harris, meaning the normal offering from the Bistro can still be enjoyed albeit from a slightly different location. Menus are released regularly on their Facebook page, so it’s worth keeping an eye out if you want to sample some of their fine fare.

Posted by North Harbour Bistro on Thursday, 30 July 2020

4. Skoon Gallery

Address: 4 Geocrab, Isle of Harris HS3 3HB
Tel: 01859 530 268

TripAdvisor rating: 5/5 from 452 reviews

Profile: Currently closed until 2021, the tearoom at Skoon Gallery is ever-popular with locals and visitors alike who enjoy looking at the gallery’s vast array of paintings while tasting some delicious homemade delights. A sample menu can be seen below for when they are back up and running again in the new year, and which also shows why they’re so popular – should we choose the Cranachan or the scones?

A table for two has become available for today's (Fri) afternoon tea. 2pm start, £15 per person. If you are…

Posted by Skoon Gallery on Friday, 28 February 2020

3. Harbour Kitchen

Address: 5 Cromwell Street, Stornoway HS1 2DB
Tel: 01851 706 586

TripAdvisor rating: 5/5 from 147 reviews

Profile: Having closed due to the restrictions back in October, the Harbour Kitchen is yet to announce when it will reopen but we hope it’s sometime in the near future so we can get back to tasting some stunningly-delicious dishes like these. With a menu showcasing the best of local produce they also have options for vegetarians, vegans and those with a gluten intolerance.

We have langoustines back in today! Also on the specials tonight are crab claws and halibut! Please reserve a table early as they do sell out fast! 🍴#localseafood #stornoway

Posted by Harbour Kitchen Stornoway on Friday, 2 October 2020

2. Uig Sands Restaurant

Address: Uig Lodge, Near Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS2 9ET
Tel: 01851 672 396

TripAdvisor rating: 5/5 from 160 reviews

Profile: Another one of the Islands’ restaurants to have closed in recent weeks, Uig Sands is hoping to reopen its doors in 2021. When it is open, however, it’s undoubtedly worth popping in, even just to admire the stunning views across the sands and marvel at the amazing food presentation.

1. Flavour

Address: 6 Pairc Niseaboist HS3 3AE
Tel: 07388 366 361

TripAdvisor rating: 5/5 from 93 reviews

Profile: Hosting personal catering services and a chocolate shop on the Isle of Harris, family team Chris, Nicola and Baby Freya have been wowing tastebuds for years and it’s no surprised they take the top spot on the list, especially since every single review they have on Trip Advisor is a 5 out of 5.

Though they haven’t been able to offer their catering services in the usual way, they have been putting together an array of chocolate-based goodies for all your foodie friends and family members to sink their teeth into at Christmas. Take a look at their website to find out how you can get your very own flavour at home.

🎄 Christrmas tree baubles 🎄Almost ready white, milk, dark & ruby chocolate available 🍫When is your Christmas tree…

Posted by FlavourChocolate on Saturday, 14 November 2020

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