Places to Eat
This list is by no means exhaustive! Also, having not had the opportunity to hardly eat out since we arrived here last year, we aren't in a position to personally recommend many of the following. However.... we will add comments as and when we can from visitor feedback - hopefully we'll now be too busy to find the time ourselves. If you find somewhere not on the list then let us know! :-)
Cafe, East Mey
Walking Distance - 10-15 minutes! - kind of behind us on the NC500. Turn right out of the site, then take first right and walk up to the main road, turn right again and Creag Na Mara can be found c.100m on your left. Open Thursday to Monday 11am till 5pm+ (closing time depends on weather/footfall). Joanne serves soups, sandwiches and teas all to be enjoyed with a view much like ours.
A slight detour inland on your way to/from John O'Groats is well worth it for the array of breads and cakes etc Annie produces in her bakery. They are soooo delicious - we know - we've been! Annie has created a sheltered cafe offering soups, sandwiches and more. Lots of Gluten Free yummies to be had too. Cafe operates 4 days a week - currently Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 10am - 2pm.
Mother and daughter team, Teresa and Rebecca, have run the award winning Stacks Bistro from a refurbished pottery at John O'Groats since 2016. They are both passionate about nutrition, good quality ingredients, the health of the next generation and offer deliciously fresh, made to order take-away comfort food from their deli/bakery. Opening hours are10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Overlooking the harbour at John O’Groats, ‘The Cabin’ (AKA Geoff’s Burger Van) sells freshly cooked hot take-away food. From Fish and Chips, Bacon Rolls, Burgers. Check Facebook for opening times and here's an extract from their page: Tracey’s soup of the day is Leek and Potato, Homemade Pasta special is Mac n cheese and we have Orkney Fudge Cheesecake, again homemade by Tracey. Geoff will be mostly standing at the back frying things and making awful dad jokes. :-)
Relax by a roaring log fire as you browse Sam and Dougal's carefully crafted menu, which is full of locally-sourced, seasonal produce. Opened 2nd May 2021, Northern Point is a natural extension of their catering service based in the Cairngorms and builds on their commitment to blending high-quality, sustainable food with excellent customer service. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Seaview Hotel John O'Groats
A bar and restaurant and open in the evenings! Located half-a-mile before the famous JOG sign (opposite the T-junction), this anonymous building houses a fairly anonymous interior but don't be put off - we had a truly delicious meal here with lots of gluten free options for Jo. The bar boasts over 120 malt whiskys, local real ale, a selection of Scottish beers and a personally selected wine list. They do take-aways too :-)
Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet
With a large car park and located next door to the gin distillery, the hotel restaurant offers a variety of menus available throughout the day, all year round, using an extensive list of local produce. They operate a “No pets” Hotel policy but dogs are welcome outside in the beer garden. Open 11am-11pm, pre-booking required. TripAdvisorReview
Castletown Hotel, Castletown
Sandy's skills really come to the fore in the kitchen and he produces delicious home cooked fayre. Specialising in traditional Scottish and British cuisine, the on-site restaurant has garnered an impressive local reputation. Committed to using locally sourced produce wherever possible, there is a strong emphasis on creating quality home-cooked food fresh from the natural larder that is the Scottish Highlands.
Also in Thurso is YNOT serving a mix of Scottish fayre and tex-mex diner style food. Open 7 days a week closing at 9pm each night. Breakfast is served from 8am, with food available all day with separate lunch and evening menus, alongside the chef's special board. It has good online reviews and our guests like it too - we've been and agree! Menus can be found on its website link. Enjoy! TripAdvisorReview
Bydand in Thurso serves evening meals 5:45 - 8:45pm (closed Sunday and Thursday).
A quaint restaurant located in the heart of Thurso which is a family run establishment serving locally sourced meat and fish produce. They offer USB charging points near most tables and superfast fibre wifi throughout. Menus can be found on its website link. Vegan and GF options. We've had very good reports :-) TripAdvisorReview
Captain's Galley Seafood
Situated within the 18th century historic Scrabster icehouse and salmon bothy, multi-award winning Captain's Galley focuses on serving seasonal, sustainable and creative seafood dishes. Check its website for opening hours/on-line booking....TripAdvisorReview
Alternatively - try Scrabster Seafood Bar and Takeaway