The local produce on Mull represents the best of what the Hebrides can offer: free range lamb, pork and beef, venison from the hill, lobster, languostines, mussels, crab and many varieties of fish from the waters surrounding the islands, hand caught by local fisherman. We are fortunate to have the Crofters kitchen nearby at Kintra to provide fresh vegetables and free range eggs. Many establishments in the Ross of Mull have their own kitchen garden and we intend to do the same, but first we need a deer and rabbit fence!
The Mull & Iona Food Trail features around 30 producers; places to eat, farm shops and producers markets which promote locally sourced food which tastes delicious, produced with respect for animal welfare and the environment,. The Island farmers and crofters produce slow-grown meat which features in the local restaurants along with seafood harvested locally. Local mussels, crab, langoustine, mackerel, skate, turbot and salmon can all appear on your plate. Locally, we are fortunate to have a good choice of specialty produce and excellent eateries which serve it.
Crofters Kitchen: In a stunning, sheltered location in nearby Kintra, the Crofters Kitchen is involved in vegetable and fruit provision and the selling of seasonal vegetables, eggs, meat and other organic and eco-products. Preserves are also for sale. This is a great source of ingredients for your own cooking in the self-catering kitchen at the Ross of Mull Bunkhouse. http://www.ecocroft.co.uk
Ninth Wave restaurant: Canadian Chef Carla meets Scottish Fisherman John to provide a delicious culinary experience. The menu at the Ninth Wave Restaurant features its own home-grown produce, seafood freshly caught by John in his own boat “Sonsie” and organic meat produce sourced from the Island of Mull. Lobster, crab, hand-dived scallops and fish are often caught only hours before appearing on the restaurant menu to be transformed into something uniquely delectable by Carla. Meanwhile John has discarded his sou’wester to take on the role of waiter and wine steward. http://www.ninthwaverestaurant.co.uk/
The Keel Row: This is the busy, bustling local pub, a historic building full of locals as well as visitors. The food is excellent, with a good variety of choice, and based very much on the speciality produce available in the Ross of Mull
Seafood at the Pier: The Creel Seafood Bar is right by the ferry terminal at Fionnphort serving freshly caught and cooked seafood, which is landed on the ferry pier by the owner and local suppliers. An al fresco decking area with tables overlooking the Sound of Iona is the perfect place to enjoy which ever tasty catch of the day takes your fancy; crab, lobster, langoustines, scallops and fish – the real flavour of island life
Supplies for self catering
The Ferry Shop: The Ferry Shop in Fionnphort sells general groceries, but always with a good selection of island produce. This is the place to come for your self-catering supplies. Conveniently the Ferry Shop also has a Post Office, an ATM and a gift shop.
Iona Seafood: You can purchase seafood locally caught that same day, landed at Fionnphort Pier by Iona fisherman Neil Jardine.Visit the website and place an order or take pot luck from what is landed - its all delicious and very fresh!