Balallan is offering visitors and local people alike a chance to stop for lunches and baking from tomorrow (Tuesday May 28th).

The Kinloch Historical Society say they are excited to announce the opening of their Tearoom on Tuesday 28 May, from 11am – 4pm.  Ian McDowall - previously of Ravenspoint, the Calanais Centre, and TGIs and ZZ’s Italian in Glasgow – has been employed as Head Cook. 

Ian, who is local to Balallan, says of his new role: “My vision is that the Tearoom will become a hub for the Kinloch and wider Lochs community, as well as being a regular stop for visitors to the area.  There will be something on the menu for everyone.”

The Tearoom, located at the Old School, Balallan, will be open every week from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 4pm.  The menu will include traditional light lunch options, such as soup, sandwiches, burgers, and a selection of fresh baking.  Ian also promises “something a little different, from time to time!”

The Tearoom will also become a location for various events and activities throughout the year.  As part of the Kinloch Community Inclusion Project, which was launched in February of this year, the Historical Society aims to have an assortment of events taking place which meet the needs of the local community.

Community Inclusion Officer, Gemma Malcolm, said, “We have a variety of advice sessions, public talks, dance & movement classes, and much more booked into the diary for the coming year, and the Tearoom will serve as the perfect location.”

Future events include:

Comhradh anns a’ chafaidh (chatting in the café).  Richard Cooke from Western Isles Weather will be in the Tearoom on Tuesday 4 June from 11am – 1pm, with a presentation on storm chasing!  A soup & sandwich lunch, together with tea & cake, will be served for only £4.

Volunteers Party, Friday 7 June, 3pm – 5pm, they will be celebrating the amazing volunteers who have helped the Historical Society over the years with a party and award presentation.

Health Promotion Talk.  Friday 14 June, 12noon – 1pm.  Laura Macleod from the Health Promotion Department will give a short presentation on Healthy Meal Planning and shopping on a budget.  This is the perfect opportunity for the local community to ask questions on Healthy Eating, and also to provide feedback on what they would like covered in the planned cooking demonstration to take place later in the year.

Comhradh anns a’ chafaidh (chatting in the café).  Western Isles Citizens Advice, the Department for Work and Pensions, Social Security Scotland, the Pension Scheme, and TIG, will be there on Tuesday 18 June, 12noon – 2pm.  The advisors will be on hand to discuss benefits advice, pensions, home insulation and more!  A soup & sandwich lunch, together with tea & cake, will be served for only £4.

Comhradh anns a ‘chafaidh (chatting in the café).  Donald Saunders will join us for a chat about Gaelic songs and stories.  A soup & sandwich lunch, together with tea & cake, will be served for only £4.

There will also be a variety of dance, movement and skills sessions taking place after the summer holidays.  Dates and times to be announced.

Anyone wishing to book any of the above events, or if you would just like to find out more about what is happening at the Community Hub, are encouraged to contact Gemma at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively you can call on 01851 830 778.