Food image Rebecca Field, Fraoch Lodge
The main ideal aspect of hostelling that everyone recognises, is the availability of shared facilities which allows travellers flexibility and convenience as well as affordability, in particular a self -catering kitchen. However some hostels are now offering their guests the choice of cooked meals too, which is very much appreciated with many hostels offering free breakfast to get your day off to a good start. Some Hostels even have a cafe or restaurant attached. Here are just a few to whet your appetite...
We love providing food for our guests at Fraoch Lodge. We sit round a communal table over an excellent, home cooked meal using local ingredients from Balliefurth farm shop, next to our son's school, or our own garden as far as possible. If you're here at the right time of year you'll see us plucking the salad ready for the table 5 minutes before dinner is served, or unearthing potatoes heading straight to the pot for dinner. We also grow courgettes & tomatoes and tons of fruit to make all our own desserts, jams and have even turned our hand to making wine!
With a unique location at the very foot of Ben Nevis, the Ben Nevis Inn is the place for great food, real ale, live music and bunkhouse accommodation. Popular with walkers, mountaineers and locals alike, the Ben Nevis Inn is found at the start of the Ben Nevis mountain path and close to the end of the West Highland Way in Fort William, with fabulous views over Glen Nevis.
Stronsay Fish Mart Hostel has 4 en-suite bedrooms, accommodating up to 10 people, with a family room, facilities for the disabled, a laundry room and an open plan recreation, kitchen and dining area. The separate Café serves freshly prepared food and both Café and Hostel are open all year. The menu includes burgers, wraps, paninis, all-day breakfast, toasted sandwiches etc. Teas, coffee, hot chocolate and a variety of home baked cakes and tray bakes Three course meals are served on Sundays.
The Tea Garden at Comrie Croft is run by the lovely Allison, who makes a wide range of delicious homemade treats available to the hostellers who stay there. They can start the day off with hot filled rolls, lunch on warming soups, pasties and creative salads or reward themselves with a delectable cake or cookie or two or three! Many of the ingredients in the ever-evolving menu are grown on site by Tomnah’a Market Garden meaning they travel less than 100m from field to fork (now that’s fresh)!
Our speciality at An Cala is home-cooked, freshly prepared, delicious food. We offer breakfasts for bunkhouse residents, locals and visitors as well as lunch, afternoon tea and evening meals.The modern and cosy bunkhouse accommodates 14 people within 3 rooms. The cafe has a regular menu and a daily specials board. With a location right next to the harbour, you can always be assured of amazing seafood.