I have been visiting the Isle of Harris for years but only this year discovered an amazing little place called Croft36. Tucked away on a side road off the main road to Leverburgh, just follow the sign for “Pie Shop”
Croft36 is essentially a small shack at the side of the road fitted out with baskets, a hot oven for warming food and a soup kettle where you can help yourself to hot, homemade soup. Inside the baskets are a variety of freshly made pies, pastries and drinks and you just use the honesty box. One thing to remember is to go fairly early as the baskets empty fairly swiftly by lunchtime!
Everything is made fresh every morning and they specialise in using Hebridean produce. Croft36 are committed to providing fresh produce to locals as well as tourists and also promoting local fishermen.
As well as the food on sale in the shack, you can also order hot meals in advance. Delivery to your self catering accomodation or camper van!
I just love the simplicity and the ethos of Croft36 but along with that I was also massively impressed by the taste. As an pastry chef in another life, I love good food and Croft36 hits the mark every time. This is down to earth, good honest food from people who really know how to cook.
On my last visit, I decided to try the delivery option as I knew I would be out shooting all day and be coming back to the accommodation tired and hungry and not really wanting to start cooking. So we ordered a selection : Beef bourguinon, mussels and crab raviloli. The food arrived on time, hot and delicious. I will admit to have been too busy digging in to remember to take photos of it first though!
I saw that croft36 was recently described on trip advisor as ” the find of 2017″… I am inclined to agree.