Stornoway welcomed two new eateries this weekend as the Nice ‘n’ Chilled café at The Hub in Glen House, Willowglen Road opened, as did The Blue Lobster coffee and gift shop at Perceval Square.
The new venture of Jane Macritchie and husband Innes, The Blue Lobster offers a selection of barista coffees, teas, hot chocolate and soft drinks alongside delicious home bakes, from its location just off Perceval Square car park.
And the Lobster’s large windows not only create a bright and airy atmosphere, but offer stunning views of Stornoway harbour and across the water to Lews Castle.
Jane and Innes, with help from family and friends, spent the past month renovating the new space and, although admitting they went for a ‘soft’ opening on Friday (July 14th), the day turned out ‘to be not so soft’ as Jane said: “It was just bonkers on Friday and Saturday but we were so delighted to see so many people come in to see everything we’ve done.”
She added: “We’re breaking ourselves in gently, but we’ll be open Monday to Saturday all year round, and for this week we’ll be staying open later in the evenings.
“And we hope that later on in the year, once we’re settled into the place, we’ll be looking at expanding our range to offer sandwiches and soups as well.”
A new place to sit, relax and enjoy a cuppa, The Blue Lobster also offers a selection of gifts, home wares, candles and jewellery as Jane is keen to offer something a little bit different to islanders.
Also offering something new is the Nice ‘n’ Chilled café at The HUB at Glen House, Willowglen Road, home also to BeSpoke Bicycle’s shop and workshop.
With Sit In or Take Away options available on all food and drink, the mouth waters from the selection of hot and cold filled rolls, salads, soups, all-day breakfasts, snacks, teas, coffees and soft drinks – but it is the Nice ‘n’ Chilled home-made burgers, created specially by chef Graham Pilson, which look set to become firm favourites.
From the traditional quarter pounder beef burger to delicious creations such as Burger of the Glen (topped with black pudding and bacon), the Chill-ied Burger (infused with chilli), and the Mississippi Burger (topped with pulled pork and house special BBQ sauce), to name but a few on the menu; there’s also exciting options for vegetarians with the home-made Gone with the Wind spicy bean burger, and Taste of the Earth burger made with cannellini beans, chick peas, cashew nuts, onion, rice, tomato and chilli and topped with halloumi cheese.
Graham, and BeSpoke Bicycle owner Alistair Glover, have spent the past year and a half repairing and refurbishing Glen House to transform the iconic Stornoway building into The HUB.
And opening to the public on Saturday (July 15th), already Nice ‘n’ Chilled has received five-star reviews from its patrons, with one customer commenting the new eatery burgers were ‘delightfully gratifying!’
Graham added: “It was a really busy day - we’d a queue down the stairs at one point, and a great atmosphere. We’ve had a lot of good reports back on the food and it’s just awesome to finally be open and serving.”
To find out more about Nice ‘n’ Chilled at The HUB – including full menu – visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.come/nicenchilledatthehub