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Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula HS7 5LA, UK – 01870 603377
Delicious food in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere with reasonable prices. I really liked my Coronation open-faced sandwich and a scone with cream to wash it down.
Local as well as international food. You won't go hungry. Staff very approachable so talk to them. Easy to miss the special boards while looking at the menu which is not inspiring but the specials board or daily specials savouries in front sweets to the rear are Remember you're in Benbecula
The old shop, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula HS7 5LA, UK – 01870 603242
So glad the old grumpy deli has changed hands and is now owned and managed by local chef, Ian MacRury. Given Ian’s background in the restaurant trade as well as co-owner of Salar Seafood, I expected more local produce of the sea and shellfish variety. The menu was fine and food tasty and very well prepared but the islands need to showcase their own talents a little more and I hope that this is Ian’s longer term aim. I know it’s early days so if you read this, Ian, please note that locals really do appreciate local produce like North Uist venison, Benbecula lamb, South Uist shellfish, local machair tattles and veg, and are willing to pay for excellence. Just look at what little out-of-the-way Langas can do and then multiply it some! The evening meal menu could easily reflect local seasonal trends and instead of coloured printed leaflets would be better hand written and published weekly if not daily. I’m a fan already but will continue to hope for even better things from Charlie’s.
Excellent meal, we all loved it!