Argyll & the Isles offer a number of spots to enjoy a steaming hot drink from the best coffee beans or tea leaves. Whether you need to get your senses going first thing in the morning or perk up your energy levels later in the day, good tea and coffee is readily available. Probably with a delicious slab of homemade cake.
For coffee aficionados, a visit to the Argyll Coffee Roasters Coffee Bar at Carry Farm is a must. They source the finest beans from sustainable sources and roast both boutique orders and large batches. The award-winning Argyll’s Secret Roast follows the coffee calendar from north to south for a carefully crafted blend of single-origin beans roasted for sweetness and acidity. For a darker roast profile, try the Clyde Steamer – a full-bodied house espresso. Delicious! The Coffee Bar serves great coffee, coffee kit and retail bags. It’s a delightful place to spend a morning browsing Argyll Botany and The Hayshed Gallery before a stroll along the shore, possibly accompanied by chickens!
Argyll Coffee Roasters coffee is served at select cafés across Argyll. You’ll find it in Glenbarr Stores Café in Glenbarr, Five West and Botanica at the Barn in Tighnabruaich, Lucy’s in Ardfern, The Swallow Café and Coast Café in Dunoon, Kintyre Distillery Café in Campbeltown, and the Slanj Tarbert and Cu Mara in Arrochar.
Campbell Coffee in Inverary on the banks of Loch Fyne is another top spot for coffee. This independent small-batch roastery prides itself on sourcing, roasting and brewing beans for optimum flavour. Voted Best Coffee House 2022 by Restaurant Guru, its house blends are Always Argyll, a medium roasted coffee with a dark chocolate finish, and The Duke, a medium dark blend with a hint of spice. Try the full selection of locally roasted coffees at Campbell Coffee on the main street, visit Brambles Café and Bistro for The Duke blend or Inverary Castle Tea Rooms for the specially created Castle Blend.
Hinba Coffee Roasters in Oban select and roast single origin speciality coffee in the pure Hebridean air. Nip down to their seafront coffee bar for fabulous coffee, cakes and empanadas. And we must give a special mention to their delicious cinnamon rolls! The coffee shop also operates a seasonal pop-up bar serving local gins in the evenings.
For a great cup of coffee on Bute, head to The Brew Bar from The Bute Coffee Company. Here, a couple of streets back from the seafront, you’ll find the best, locally roasted coffee. The house blend is made from beans originating in Columbia and Brazil and has notes of milk chocolate, almond and vanilla. Enjoy with local sourdough toast or one of the signature picnic boxes, and buy fresh bags of beans or ground coffee to take home. The Brew Bar is set in the HQ of Bonnie Bling jewellery company so it’s a nice opportunity for a little retail therapy too!
The small, independent company of Tiree Tea produces unique blends of tea inspired by the language, stories, culture, plants and animals of The Hebrides. The robust Crofter Breakfast Tea gives a good, strong wakeup call while the Machair offers a sweet herbal infusion with subtle citrus notes inspired by the fertile flower-filled fields of the Scottish Islands. Look out for Tiree Tea in most tearooms on Tiree and across Argyll including Kintyre Gin Café (Torrisdale), Polly’s Coffee Shop (Crinan Canal, Lock 10), and Food from Argyll at The Pier (Oban).
Also on the tea front, Annie's Herb Kitchen blends fruit and herbal tea infusions, taking great care to balance the flavours. This naturally caffeine-free tea comes in quirky little tins. There are lots to choose from but our favourite is the Sunset Tea. With its blend of rose petals, sultans, lemon balm, chamomile, sage, fennel and elderflower, we think it's good for the soul!