With the burgeoning interest in real ale over the last few years, the bar at The Torridon Inn offers a selection of up to 6 real ales from Scotland at any one time.
Isle of Skye Brewery
One evening in 1992, some schoolteacher friends met in a local pub – and conversation turned to the lack of good beer on Skye. Someone jokingly suggested that setting up a brewery would be the only way to remedy the situation. At the time there were just six small independent breweries in Scotland – and none on Skye. Could it really work? It could, and it did. Three years later, we were finally ready to brew our first ale – Red Cuillin. It was such a success, we still brew it to the same recipe today. Only the name has changed – we now call it Skye Red. Getting noticed. And getting bigger. In 1997, we won the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Champion Beer of Scotland. And we were shortlisted for the UK championship too. This recognition helped the business to go full-time in 1998. To date, we’ve picked up over 60 awards. Not bad for what started as a joke over a few pints.
We currently have a 20 barrel Brewhouse, capable of producing 6500 litres of the finest ale each day. We have a full range of permanent and seasonal cask beers to suit all tastes, with many of them available throughout the year in 500ml and 330ml bottles. Our traditional Scottish recipes such as Black Gold, Wildcat and Stag are well established, giving consistent, quality products. Alongside these we have added new contemporary brews such as Trade Winds, Autumn Nuts, White Lady and Caillie. We are proud that our small team of “Lads and Lassies” continues to win awards for our ales. We were thrilled to receive the accolade of Champion Beer of Scotland in 2004 with Trade Winds and in 2005 with Black Gold. Trade Winds also won Speciality Beer of Britain 2004, 2005 and 2006 and UK Champion Best Bitter in 2008.
An Teallach Ale Company
Husband and wife duo, David and Wilma Orr, established The An Teallach Ale Company in 2002 on the family croft, situated on Little Loch Broom at the Northern edge of the Great Wilderness. It is here at the end of the Old World, amongst the breathtaking scenery that they brew traditional ales with a distinct character, using only the finest malts and hops, with mountain water sourced straight from the surrounding landscape.
Brewing started at Strathcarron Brewery in March 2016 after a major facelift to the old byre at Arinackaig. Martin Phillips and Paul Pearce came up with the idea in 2014 and roped in long time homebrewer Colin Parsons to help out. The intention was a small part-time enterprise for the three of us, just supplying local pubs and shops. Last year Colin did a short course at Brewlab and we purchased a 2.5 barrel set up from David Porter (PBC). Using the fresh West Highland water from our own spring we have started producing a range of traditional ales.
Plockton Bay has proven to be the flagship beer of the brewery, having sold more casks of it over the past 3 years than any other beer in the fleet. Originally called “An t-Ob” its name proved too difficult to pronounce for all but the best Gaelic speakers and I decided to revert to the English version.
Plockton Bay is a well-balanced tawny-coloured best bitter with plenty of Styrian Goldings hops which provide a bitter-sweet fruity flavour.
The Cromarty Brewing Co is a family run business consisting of Craig, Chap and Jenni Middleton. Craig, our fanatical brewer studied the science of brewing at Heriot Watt University and the art of beer making in the student accommodation and flat basements. After finishing the course with a 1st class degree he went on to do some work in various breweries to gain valuable experience. It was during this time that he decided he wanted to get his own beers to market. He applied for grants, got some scary bank loans and managed to get his folks Chap and Jenni in on the deal.
Great Food in the Scottish Highlands at Family Friendly Prices
Whether you are staying at the Inn or touring the Scottish Highlands, book a table or hop on a bar stool at the Torridon Inn for the best of Scottish pub food. The chefs at the Inn are committed to using the best local ingredients, carefully cooked and well presented. Try the local fish, sourced from the West Coast and cooked in a crispy beer batter. Or the Torridon burger, acclaimed by one Scottish food writer as “the best burger in Scotland” created, when supplies allow, from the Torridon’s own Highland herd.
Highlights among the Inn’s starters usually include Isle of Ewe smoked salmon, local mussels or maybe even a taste of Scottish haggis, neeps and tatties. You can always expect to find a good Scottish steak amongst the main courses, perhaps listed alongside the chef’s warming steak and ale pie or rich local venison.
Vegetarians are well looked-after, with a daily option or two, and let’s not forget dessert. After a day spent walking in the local hills or a fine drive along the sea loch, what could be finer than a deep dive into sticky toffee pudding or a rich ice-cream selection?