Places To Eat In Stornoway

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When it comes to eating out in Stornoway, there are a number of places to eat. Many of which are open on a Sunday too which definitely makes it easier for those visiting the islands.

The majority of eateries in Stornoway are family and mobility friendly, although not often pet-friendly, with some being more so due to space.

Kopi Java

Kopi Java is our favourite cafe in Stornoway. A family run business and while the decor may not look like much, they offer simple foods, done well. A good strong coffee along with really lovely homemade cakes and sandwiches.

HS-1 Cafe Bar & The Boatshed

A long-standing and family friendly cafe bar in Stornoway. Open early till late, they offer coffees, light lunches and evening meals along with drinks and cocktails. While the food at HS-1 is quite nice, I do not rate the service. In my experience over recent years, you can often be left sitting for quite some time unnoticed which we don’t like, equally, this is somewhere that a lot of locals like to while away the time so it really depends on your take of it.

Read our review of The Boatshed in Stornoway.

Woodlands Centre 

Set in the castle grounds and another popular music venue location. The Woodlands Centre sells light meals along with coffees and cakes.


Part of the Caladh Inn, Eleven is a carvery and buffet offering a variety of cuisines. Great for larger groups, good value for money and I have always enjoyed our visits there.

An Lanntair Café Bar

An Lanntair Menu

Part of the multi-arts venue in Stornoway and a popular meetup destination among tourists and locals. Again, much like HS-1, the option of breakfasts, light lunches, meals, coffee, cake and alcoholic drinks are available. Whilst I am not a fan of their coffees, they do a great bowl of sea salt and paprika chips. Some of the tables offer wonderful views over the harbour, especially if you are lucky to visit on a bright day.

The Blue Lobster 

This is a lovely homeware store as I mentioned above but they do also have a small cafe for coffee and cake. I consider this to be more of a grab and go premises, there is some seating outside should the weather be kind, otherwise, there is a small area of window seating inside. My lovely grampa wasn’t too taken with the high seating, something I wouldn’t have given a second thought, but is maybe something to note. Visitors are asked to make use of the (very) nearby public toilets.

Camerons Chip Shop 

Head into this popular chip shop for some ‘cheeky chips’ a half portion of chips and sausage  – A favourite of mine growing up and still something I enjoy now.

The Thai Cafe

We love Thai food so we couldn’t miss this one from the list. A BYOB family-run restaurant in the town centre.


Artizan is primarily a coffee house with lighter meals, but also sell artwork and gifts. Another favoured location among locals and tourists and more often than not, very busy, which is a testament as to their popularity.

The Storehouse Café

Located in Lews Castle, you will find the family-friendly Storehouse Café along with Starbucks. The menu is good, from pancakes and waffles to burgers and quiches and afternoon teas, however, the service, including at Starbucks is very, very slow.

Digby Chick (CLOSED as of 2020)

Digby Chick is popular among locals when booking a celebratory dinner or night out. As a lot of local produce is used, fish features heavily on the menu but other options are available. Although not formal, this is most likely somewhere you would get a little dressed up for.

Harris and Lewis Smokehouse (CLOSED as of 2020)

A new addition to Stornoway, read our post on the Harris and Lewis Smokehouse here

If you’re visiting Stornoway and looking for things to do, then check out our guide covering all the best tourist attractions in Stornoway.

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