Back to Stornoway. It's an odd place; it's by far the largest town in the Outer Hebrides (arguably the only town, as other places are villages of variable sizes). Sometimes, in the summer when the weather is good and everything is open it's not a bad place at all to be. Wheras in the depths of winter, on a day where nearly everything is firmly closed and the wind is blowing you down Cromwell Street (Why was that name chosen?) I'd rather be anywhere else.
What it does have, surprising many visitors, is quite a good choice of places to eat and drink in. At the cheap and cheerful end of the market, there are various chippies, an Indian restaurant, and several Chinese and Thai takeway and restaurant establishments.
James Morrison has scanned in the current menus of some of these establishments and put them online, along with their mapped locations, for examination (or, if you are a Stornoway resident, for easy selection before you reach for the telephone).
There's plenty of other options, including several hotel restaurants. My favourite three eating places in the "big city" are:
- the Tapas restaurant; good choice, comfy place to eat (here reviewed by senior resident) - yes, you read that right, a Tapas bar in the Outer Hebrides - why not?
- the An Lanntair arty centre; good coffee bar with lots of comfy seating, and a restaurant (with partial harbour/sea view) that does large portions
Digby Chick restaurant. Quite upmarket, but they let a tramp like me through the doors, so it's a relaxed place. Evening meals are pricey, but the lunchtime specials are very good value. Two courses and a drink for under a tenner, then up the road to An Lanntair for a coffee to finish off
Anyway, am looking at these options with a view to a bloggers meal out in Stornoway at some point. Some Harris and Lewis Flickerites have already met up, and previous blogger meetups centred around the BBC Island Blogging community organised for An Lanntair. I wonder what the cuisine of choice of Outer Hebrides bloggers will turn out to be (hopefully nothing containing marmite)?