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Isle of Skye takeaway expands to include 24-seater cafe

Robert Macaskill.
Robert Macaskill.

An Isle of Skye takeaway cafe has expanded to include a 24-seater eating space as local demand continues to increase.

Relish, on Wentworth Street in Portree, is now welcoming customers into its new cafe area which is located on the first level of its current premises.

Only used as a takeaway prior to the expansion, owner Robert Macaskill was keen to grow the business due to “local demand and the capability of staff.”

Relish is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Breakfast muffin.

A casual dining space

Robert, who resides in Borve, has been a chef since leaving school in 1994 and has always worked in Portree.

The 43-year-old purchased the business back in 2016.

“Relish had been trading since 2011 as a deli takeaway,” he said. “We changed slightly and went towards a soup, sandwich and coffee takeout when we took over.”

Pre-expansion, Relish consisted of simply the shop front with two staff.

A variety of home bakes.
The new upstairs seating area.

Now, the cafe will have as many as six members working on any day at peak season.

Robert went on to say: “Work on the expansion began in January. The work is still in progress as we are waiting on the completion of our toilets, but the main seating and cafe area are open and in use.

“We have hired three young staff who are local and still in school, but are still looking for a full-time member to join the team.”

Local artwork and tasty food

Relish offers a variety of coffees, local and home baking, cakes, rolls, and fresh meat and seafood including haddock and Skye venison, as well as outside catering for functions and parties.

Dish prices vary from £3 to £12.

Not only that, but customers can also purchase artwork by local artist Sarah Ferguson inside the cafe, too.

Robert inside the new space.
A bacon roll and a coffee.

“The cafe is a blank canvas to show off the quality of the local artwork on display,” Robert added.

“It will create more work and options in the future to use it as a venue for small functions and meetings, as well.

“Overall, I am most excited about being able to offer locals a new place to come for coffee and cake, breakfast or lunch and to showcase local artwork.”

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