Highlands & Islands

Duart Castle Tearoom ( Last Assessed 2014)

Duart Castle Tearoom sits in the stunning grounds alongside Duart Castle - ancestral home of the Clan MacLean. When we arrived the sun broke out of the Sky and lit the whole stunning location alight. The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry sails in and out past this Castle that has stood proudly since the 13th Century. The castle today is still occupied by Lachlan MacLean and is a beautiful example of our history in this country . Anyhow i digress , I was warmly welcomed by the manager Susan who gave me a quick run through all the cakes and recipes that they bake all day long in the old Byre belonging to the Castle. I sat at the end of the converted Byre and tried Shortbread ,Carrot cake ,Gluten Free brownies,Flapjacks and my favourite of all time A fruit cake Hunk ( I say Hunk as this was no fruit loaf slice ) This was quite simply the most moist ,tasty and superbly made Fruit Cake .This was an old recipe i was told and i still insist that no matter how many millions of recipes there are out there in fancy books by bakers and chefs you have never heard ,that the old recipes passed down through the generations are simply the best . A pleasure to meet Susan and all the Bakers of which none do any more than the other . The vegetable and fruit garden in the grounds supplies the Tearoom for their salads and soups and i love this self sustainable way that today they are still maintaining the ways of the past . I loved Duart castle and everything about it and if you get the chance this is a must stop if ever in Mull . Well done Clan MacLeans !!

Baking with Melanie Andrews

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