Canteen Life

They say an army marches on its stomach, and the same is true for our team of distillers and wider production team. So, today we are thanking the unsung heroes of distillery life, the staff who run the Isle of Harris Distillery Canteen and keep us all well fuelled as we work.

We are very much a working distillery, first and foremost a place which makes beautiful spirit, but we are a social distillery too. So, our doors are always open to all who want to visit and learn more about our story and what we do here.

Our Canteen is designed with this ethos in mind, acting as a place for our employees to take a break and unwind, and for visitors to sit down and join us too. It’s a place for refuelling on some good food and drink, in a relaxed and informal fashion.

The menu is a deliciously simple one. There are two fresh soups, made by the kitchen team from scratch every morning and served with their home-baked bread; a choice of local smoked salmon or chicken pates with home-made oatcakes; and great fresh baking, from cream cakes and scones to gooey brownies.​

There’s freshly ground coffee, helping to kick-start the day, and our own blend of Distillery Tea, a smokey blend of Assam and Lapsang Souchong leaves. There’s also good wine for guests and, of course, an Isle of Harris G&T if you want something stronger.

With several thousand visitors joining us each month, our Canteen is a busy and bustling place. So we’re very proud of Kate, Irene, MM, Ruth, Jacqueline, Joanna, Caroline, Amy, Harrison, Sarah, Rebekah and Shona, who keep us all wonderfully fed and watered, six days a week.

No matter how busy, the Canteen team pride themselves on friendly service with a smile and, sometime, a story. If you need a little local knowledge they’ll be happy to help too. Many of them are young locals in their first jobs, and we know how hard they are all working at this busy time of year.​

So we thank them very much for their hard work, and excellent food and service, which we get to enjoy each day. Moran taing!​

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