Celebrate and Enjoy Scotland's Food & Drink on Loch Lomond
September is celebration month of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink so why not take the opportunity to enjoy some of our great food and drink on your doorstep, or take a day trip or weekend break to Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs to try it and buy it?
In and around Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs you’ll find several hotels, inns and restaurants offering locally sourced Scottish produce, with creative chefs working hard to offer excellent food experiences to visitors. The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Luss, has recently launched new menus and is enticing visitors to sample its natural larder for Autumn.
The Oak Tree Inn at Balmaha has its own kitchen garden, makes its own ice-cream, brews its own beers and ales, and recently created its own malt whisky! The Oak Tree also has a well-stocked shop, popular with walkers, and the St. Mocha Coffee Shop is also popular with visitors.
Nearby Cameron House on Loch Lomond has something on the menu for everyone, from delicious dining in the Boathouse, to a Michelin starred experience at Restaurant Martin Wishart. Why not enjoy afternoon tea looking out to the Loch – (check out latest).
Locally sourced ingredients can always be found on the menu at Knockderry Country House Hotel, from breakfast, lunch and dinner to afternoon tea, Sunday lunch or wine lovers dinners events. Look out for some amazing culinary creations on the Knockderry House Facebook page.
The Helensburgh food and drink scene is alive and kicking with plenty of colour and taste from La Barca Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar, The Riverbank Restaurant, and soon to open seafood and steak bar, the latest addition from Milan and Cara Nikolic, Cattle and Creel, which is due to open in early September. Delicious local produce and innovative cooking can also be found in the cool, contemporary surroundings of Riverhill Courtyard Restaurant & Bar, Helensburgh. A regular Farmer’s Market - every second Saturday - is also a welcome addition to Helensburgh.
If you’re out and about on your bike, walking in the hills, or gearing up to take a loch cruise, you can sample some great coffee, cakes and snacks at Café Lochan and Home on the Loch – the perfect refuge after enjoying the great outdoors on Loch Lomond.
Don’t forget the twice monthly Farmer’s Market at Loch Lomond Shores, held on the first and third Sundays of each month from 10am – 4pm, where you can buy a great range of Scottish produce, from bread and cakes to meat and charcuterie, spices, herbs and much more.
The beautifully located Portnellan Farm is fully organic and currently sells its own suckled dairy beef directly to consumers - its organic meat is available for collection from the farm.
Loch Lomond is also a great place to sample craft beers from Loch Lomond Brewery and from those produced by The Balmaha Brewing Co. With two great whisky distilleries on our doorstep, Auchentoshan Distillery and Glengoyne Distillery, there are plenty of opportunities to discover new tastes as well as learn about the impact of our natural heritage on local food and drink: the land, water, local environment and more.