To be honest, this is a place I had passed umpteen times on the way up the A9 but never went in thinking it would just be another tourist stop, but on the way up to Dornoch a couple of months ago my mum dragged me in for a coffee and i couldn’t have been more wrong. Located ten miles north of Pitlochry in Scotland and standing proudly at the foot of the Bruar Falls, House of Bruar it turns out, is the perfect stop off if you are travelling up north. It stands out from miles away due to its beautiful white washed turret, and the grounds around the building are spotless and very well kept.
Not only is it a thriving independent retailer selling country tweed and Scottish country clothes, it also has the biggest collection of Cashmere anywhere in Britain, as well as a world renowned food hall, an award winning butcher, a large country kitchen style restaurant and it’s very own art gallery.
Founded in 1995 by Mark Birkbeck, who came north from Yorkshire because of his love of fishing in the Highlands, the visitor numbers have risen steadily over the years, welcoming more than 1 million last year alone. There is also now a very successful online site selling all over the world, earning it the nickname “The Harrods of the Highlands”.
The food hall is fantastic, chock full of quality Scottish food and drink, all locally produced, and fresh, and delicious!
The restaurant, called the Rod and Reed, has, as the name suggests, a strong fishing theme and the food is stunning. There is also a self service restaurant serving 350 covers for breakfast, lunch, dinner and baking.
There is plenty car parking spaces and plenty room to sit around outside if you fancy a picnic, the toilets are squeaky clean, and the views around about are breathtaking. Be sure to look out for the red deer in the summer.
Find out more at http://www.houseofbruar.com