I wrote about the Storehouse, one of our favourite places to stop on the A9 a few years back, but my post was woefully short of photos. So what you can expect from this food hall and restaurant?
STOREHOUSE: EASY TO FIND ON THE A9
It couldn’t be easier to find Storehouse, it’s well signposted if you are approaching from the north or the south. There’s a reasonable size car park, but during really busy periods, it might be a but tricky to find a space. There are a limited number of spaces for dog owners to park which provide some shade for pups during the warmer months. The restaurant isn’t dog friendly, but there is some outside seating where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Cromarty Firth. You might even spot some basking seals on the shore!
STOREHOUSE: MORE THAN A QUICK PIT STOP
Storehouse can definitely be more than just a quick pit stop if you are looking for more than a takeaway service.
Open from 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 10-5 on Sundays, there’s a separate building housing a gift shop – perfect for picking up a gift or souvenir!
Once in the main building, you’ll find an absolute treasure trove of goodies in the food hall.
Filled with gourmet treats, locally grown fruit and veg, meat and eggs, baked items from nearby Cromarty, a cheese counter, as well as a whole wall of gins, whiskies, beer and wine from Scotland and beyond. It’s a foodie’s paradise and if you were staying locally it would be very easy to fill a basket with delicious goods to cook at home!
STOREHOUSE: FRESH, FILLING FOOD
We have stopped at The Storehouse many times for for lunch, and afternoon tea and cake.
But since moving north to Caithness, one of our favourite plans to make when having an early morning drive south to Inverness or further afield, is to time our journey to arrive at Storehouse at their opening time of 9am for breakfast (this normally means leaving Wick just after 7am).
It’s still relatively quiet (lunchtimes are extremely busy with queues often the full length of the restaurant – if you peservere the line does reduce relatively quickly) and on weekends you can enjoy a peaceful read of the papers alongside a delicious breakfast.
The standard lighter lunch menu choices are on a seperate blackboard to the breakfast menu and bigger plate lunchtime specials, whilst the drinks, cakes and desserts tempt you from the opposite side of the servery.
Our breakfast choices were; the full Scottish for Mr B, a true meat feast sourced from local butchers and big bright fresh poached eggs.
I’ve never deviated from my original Storehouse breakfast choice – a generous portion of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs served with Cromarty bakery toast which sees me through until dinner!
Storehouse also keeps that commitment to using local suppliers right throughout the northern Highlands, from Caithness, Sutherland, Wester Ross, the Black Isle and Nairnshire.
This is not a sponsored or collaboration post – the Storehouse is genuinely one of our favourite Highland stops on the A9.
Keep an eye on their Facebook page for special events – they often run gin nights which are sadly too far for me to travel to!