THE HUNGRY GULL
Stenscholl, Staffin Hall
STAFFIN’s newest food takeaway has swooped in to capture the imagination of customers across the Taobh Sear during the long winter nights.
And chef Allan MacDonald says he has been heartened by the enjoyment his customers have shown in the innovative “pop-up” menu he has offered since the doors on The Hungry Gull opened in October.
Not many businesses, particularly in the food sector, open in the “shoulder months” of the tourist season but Allan was confident that local residents, and visitors who prefer Skye in the autumn and winter, would provide a strong customer base for the fledgling eatery.
Allan, who was brought up a short distance away from the Hungry Gull, in Keeper’s Cottage, moved back to Trotternish earlier this year. The 34-year-old had been working as a chef in Perthshire and Inverness before a successful spell at the Ferry Inn in Uig.
“I was really keen to set up a business in my home community and use my chef skills at the same time,” he said. “I had thought about a pop up takeaway and then wondered about whether this space in the Staffin Hall could be used in the winter. We opened two months ago now and will be here through until the end of March. We are open three nights per week, with opening times published at the beginning of each month.”
Since opening, Allan has been delighted by the regular trade, and his repeat customers, who are attracted by the range of dishes on his ever-changing menu. “The feedback has been great, we do our signature ‘Gull Burgers’ which have been really popular and in December our pork and cranberry sausage rolls have been a big hit,” he said.
Opening Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
Directions: from Portree, travel north towards Staffin on the main A855 road, for approximately 18 minutes. The Hungry Gull is sited within the Staffin Hall, a left-hand turn just before you leave the 40mph zone heading north. From Uig, it is approximately 20 minutes over the Quiraing road, on your right-hand side, just as you enter the 40mph zone.
Contact details: Hungry Gull, Staffin, Isle of Skye, IV51 9JS; phone 07909 323 848 or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thehungrygull/
But don’t just take the Hungry Gull’s word for it, here is a selection of comments from happy customers on social media.
A hidden gem on the Isle of Skye, my wife and I and our grandson chose three different meals and all three of us were delighted by the taste, the hand cut chips were lovely too, and reasonably priced, would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting, we’ll be back again.
We got takeaway during our stay in Staffin. It was very good, we loved it! Great and filling meal after a long day of hiking and sightseeing.
Tasted almost everything on the menu (not all at once!) it was delicious! The chicken burger is definitely worth a special mention