We were visiting Highland Perthshire for the May bank holiday weekend and put out a call on twitter for things to do and places to eat. Our friends @northhop suggested Glen Lyon as there was a “fab wee tea room” there, and also Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters.
After a couple of drams beside a roaring fire at Kenmore Hotel it was early to bed on the Friday night so on the Saturday morning we were up bright and early and ready for a wee tour after breakfast.
Everything in this area is close by, which is great for touring about. There was a sign at the end of the road advising that Glen Lyon was 6 miles away, so it wouldn’t take too long to get there.
It was quite a dreich morning for the drive, but we soon entered Glen Lyon. Glen Lyon is the longest enclosed glen in Scotland at over 25 miles. It is absolutely beautiful and you can imagine sitting by the River Lyon on a balmy summer day with your picnic (avoiding the midgies!) Sir Walter Scott described the glen as the longest, loneliest and loveliest Glen in Scotland.
When you don’t really know where you are going the road always seems longer. We weren’t very organised and didn’t take a map and there were no “Gs” for google maps to work. The road is mostly single track with plenty of passing places, and we soon spotted sign’s for Glen Lyon Post Office and Tea Room, thinking about our tums again it was perfect timing for lunch!
The tea room was absolutely buzzing when we arrived with cyclists, bikers and walkers but we managed to find a wee space for the two of us. If you visit on a nicer day, there’s plenty of outside seating to allow you to take in the river views, and enjoy the wonderful fresh air.
The menu is simple but covers most tastes. It must be difficult to predict just how busy you will be each day, in this remote glen, but the team seem to do an excellent job.
Would we just have tea and scones or did we fancy a sandwich for lunch?. After having a sneaky look at what everyone else was having the sandwiches looked very tasty so we opted for them. I decided on Tuna Salad and Raymond had Cheese and Chutney. Simple sandwich combinations perhaps but what arrived was excellent. Lovely fresh bread with well filled sandwiches, crisp fresh salad, crisps on the side and the option of homemade potato salad. They were absolutely delicious.
|The shop and Post Office counter|
A bit like our place, the tea room is also a Post Office, so it was lovely to see it in operation. Local customers came and went buying milk and eggs whilst the tourists had their lunch. This is such a valuable resource for the local community and whilst the Post Office doesn’t provide a massive amount of income it helps to make the whole proposition viable.
Service was excellent, with everyone’s order taken and meals delivered quickly . This seems to be a tight run ship and with the volume of customers on the day we visited it probably needs to be. Once our sandwich plates were cleared we were asked it we wanted anything else. It was now time for Scones and Flapjacks, but we would go half for a half!
The scones were served complete with butter and jam which was fine for us. Folks can be quite particular about how they like their scones so it would have been nicer if the butter and jam was served separately. Perthshire has some wonderful preserve producers so lots of potential to use and promote local produce, and sell it in the shop. This didn’t detract from our enjoyment as they were very tasty.
We also had a Chocolate and Ginger Flapjack which had nice and sticky chunks of ginger through it. Perfect for setting us up for the next part of our tour!
The lady who served us was very helpful, and pointed us in the right direction to go over the hill road past Ben Lawers and on to Killin. The hill road was a really nice drive, but not suitable in the snow as no gritting takes place. There’s still lots of snow on the hills in early May so you can imagine what it’s like in the height of a winter storm.
If you find yourself in the area, be sure to stop of at this lovely tea room. Withdraw cash from the Post Office, post your parcel, pay a bill, buy some provisions and sit outside enjoying delicious home made cakes, traybakes, soups and sandwiches and enjoy the views whilst sipping on Glen Lyon coffee!
Glen Lyon Post Office and Tearoom