Since we got back from our holidays in May, it’s been all go in the Barrie Household, with Mr B being away in Edinburgh for a week and then we’ve had four lots of weekend visits from family and friends. Fortunately we’ve got holidays again in early July (so lots to prepare for) but today we managed to have a normal Saturday which consists of:
Lie-In + Walk + Cafe stop
We went down for a walk around Loch an Eilean-part of the Rothiemurchus estate near to Aviemore, a 45 minute drive down the A9 from Inverness.
It’s about a 4 mile walk through wooded paths around the loch, so nothing strenuous by any stretch of the imagination.
We then headed on to Inshriach Nursery which had been mentioned to me before. It’s been named by the Observer Magazine as one of the top 10 cakeshops in the UK, and I think the accolade is rather well deserved!
We decided to go straight for the cake (to be clear, this is definitely a cake-shop-there are no savoury menu options!) first then look round the Nursery afterwards.
The tearoom was well lit, with art-prints, books and china sets for sale. As well as 5-6 small tables in the tea-room, there was a high-rise bar that looked out into a well constructed bird/squirrel feeding station. As well as these seating options, there was a greenhouse filled with tables and chairs, and some benches for when the sun makes an appearance (unfortunately not during our visit!)
Now-into the cakes! There was a massive choice.
I went for a slide of pistachio, custard and lemon cream cake! It was delicious and well constructed with some layers of thick set creamy custard, very thin light sponge, topped with lemon cream and pistachios.
Mr B’s aunt went for a slice of the classic lemon cake which she described as very light and full of lemon flavour.
Me B went for a slice of cherry cake-much like my slice, the multiple thin layers were part of why the cake tasted just SO good.
Once we had polished off those, and our drinks-we had a wander round the nursery. (After we had bought our cakes, we noticed that Inshriach Nursery have a loyalty card-with your 10th purchase of cake being free!)
Me B and I are no gardeners, but we enjoyed seeing all the colours of the plants well out in force.
With full tummies we headed back to Inverness via the Rothiemurchus Estate Shop -where we picked up some Clava Brie to go with our mini haul of cheese and oatcakes from the Cromarty Cheese House yesterday-no doubt this will be consumed over the weekend in front of the football! I also spotted a miniature of Caorunn Gin-my new favourite which will be consumed when the hot summer days return to Inverness (hopefully soon!)