7th June 2023

This time last week Fiona and Laura were out and about visiting some of our members in John O’Groats. It was a warm, all be it typically breezy Caithnesian spring day but it was great to see so many visitors about and a buzzing atmosphere for the season ahead.

First up we met with Andrew and visited the much anticipated and newly opened Café Groats. With stunning views across the Pentland Firth and delicious homemade food, what more could you ask for? Andrew has plans to keep open the café all year round and it’s great to see this beautiful building back open again. With significant investment into the new kitchen there are even promises of freshly landed lobster on the menu so keep a look out!

Then we headed over to John O’Groats Brewery for a sneak peek behind the scenes and a guided tour from Head Brewer, John. It was fantastic to see their craft brewing process and hear how they develop and trial their new product lines, like the newly launched Ruby Groat. Situated inside the iconic first and last house this building, complete with a “proper pub” it is already atmospheric but coupled with the wonderful smell of hops it’s quite an experience.

Next, we popped into Stacks Coffee Deli and Bakery, where Teresa and Rebecca have carefully curated the most wonderful shop full of yummy treats and treasures. Their tranquil secret garden was in full bloom and the perfect place to relax with a coffee.

Of course, we got an obligatory photo with the John O’Groats sign before we headed along to Gills to visit Annie’s Bakery where the giant doughnuts were going down a storm with locals and tourists alike and Annie’s cheery sunshine yellow and signature Highland Coo tarts were bringing a smile to everyone’s faces.

It’s great to be back visiting members, if you would like to be included in our next visits please just get in touch by email Fiona@caithnesschamber.com

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