In the heart of Nairnshire (which is but a hop skip and a jump away from Inverness) sits Househill Cafe and Farm Shop which prioritises using local produce on the menu. We’ve visited a few times, and it does seem to be one of those places that is a bit of an undiscovered gem.
On our most recent visit we had enjoyed a bracing walk along Nairn’s golden sands before heading to Househill for a late lunch. As well as the cafe and farm shop, the converted farm steading houses a flooring shop and a furniture outlet.
The coffee shop was unusually deserted when we arrived which was very unusual , but by 2:15 the lunch rush had just finished, and the place busied up again as we had our meal.
Mr B chose cheese and carb overload with a deep bowl filled with macaroni cheese which was a special of the day. This came with a side order of skin-on fries. The mac was well seasoned and had a suitably good amount of cheesiness to it. He was very happy!
The soup of the day (butternut squash and sweet potato) was beckoning me, which I teamed up with an egg mayo sandwich. The bread was locally made and while I thought the soup could have been spiced up a bit, it did a great job of warming me up after getting chilly on the beach earlier!
It’s not a good day off without cake and Househill has one of the biggest cake displays around. Mr B went for my usual choice of carrot cake (as Househill’s version doesn’t have nuts in which is great for him) and I chose a blackcurrant flapjack which was topped with a layer of yoghurt. I’m actually inspired to try and make my own version of this – the combination of tart blackcurrants, sweet oats and the yoghurt topping works so well!
We took a quick wander around the farm shop afterwards which consists of two adjoining rooms. One contains the fresh foodstuffs (including locally made bread and bakery items, dairy produce and Househill’s very own-reared beef alongside other meat and poultry farmed in Scotland) and a well stocked shelving unit of wines, whiskies and other spirits.
The bigger room contains a wide range of tasteful homeware, not to mention a huge selection of jams, chutneys and preserves.
Househill is a fab place to relax and enjoy some country air, whether you pop by for coffee or lunch, or choose some lovely local produce to enjoy at home.