Places to Eat and Drink

For places to eat see below.

Prefer a takeaway? Click here for Islay’s takeaway food options

Ballygrant Inn (5min drive from Persabus)

Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant | Family run Inn on the Isle of Islay (

Serving delicious home baking and coffees.

Bar food and restaurant menu.


Ardnahoe Distillery (5 min drive from Persabus)

The Illicit Still café is open Tuesday to Saturday. Lunch is served 12noon until 2.45pm. Tea, barista coffee and fresh home baking available 10am until 3.30pm. To book for lunch call 01496840777

Ardbeg  (45 min drive from Persabus)

Old Kiln Café Monday to Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm

Tel 01496 302244 for any further information and to book a table

The Antlers Ice Cream Cafe, Craighouse, Jura

Open 8am to 6pm – lunches, snacks, drinks, ice creams.

Please book by calling 01496 305317

Jura Hotel, Craighhouse, Jura

Bar and beer garden open to non residents for coffees, lunches and evening meals. Please call to book on 01496 820243. Please check the website for current opening times

Port Askaig Hotel (5min drive from Persabus)

Bars open for drinks including freshly brewed coffees and speciality teas daily from 11am until 11pm inside. Beer garden till late. We will be open for lunches in both bars and beer garden – with fab views  – from 12 – 2.30 last orders. Evening Meals  6 – 8.30PM last orders. Tables should, where possible, be booked in advance. 01496840245 or email [email protected]

The Blue Letterbox, Port Ellen

Post office and shop. Sells delicious Isle of Arran Dairies ice cream, take away only, open Mon – Sat  9am – 5.30, no booking necessary, contactless payment available.

Bowmore Hotel

Restaurant and Bar. For more information visit

Email [email protected] or call 01496 810416

Bridgend Hotel and Restaurant
After a beautiful refurbishment, Bridgend Hotel is open once again serving lunches and evening meals. Enjoy pre dinner drinks in the cocktail bar, or a warm welcome in Katie’s Bar, a popular place with the locals.

The Bridgend Hotel – Isle of Islay (

Rumar Cafaidh Blasta, The Columba Centre, Bowmore (20 min drive from Persabus)
Open for lunches, drinks and cakes, or enjoy browsing Rumar’s beautiful range of clothing and accessories on sale, in the Gaelic Language and Heritage Centre in Bowmore.

Celtic House, Shore Street, Bowmore:

The Celtic House (Roys) are open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4:30pm, serving a range of coffees, teas, milkshakes, smoothies and more, as well as a selection of cakes. There are gluten/dairy free options as well as some vegan options. Open on a first come first served basis, there is no need to phone and book ahead. +44 (0)1496 810304

The Harbour Inn, Bowmore
Hotel, Bar and Restaurant. Currently Closed. Tel 01496 810330 .

The Islay Hotel, Port Ellen
Open to non-residents all day from 7.30am to 11pm. Breakfast 7.30-11.30am; Lunch 12 – 2pm;
Dinner 5.30-9pm . Reservations advisable for our restaurant. Our bar and outside garden area is on
a first come first served basis.
Tea & Coffee & Cakes served all day until 5pm.
Alcohol permitted indoors and outdoors from 11am-close. Social distancing and covid guidelines in
terms of numbers will apply to any one booking.

Islay Studios

The studio and gallery in Islay square also serves hot drinks, coffees, teas and hot chocolate and selected cakes is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, but the opening hours are likely to be extended as we get closer to the summer.

Kilchoman Distillery (40 min drive from Persabus)

Café open 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  For more details or to book go online Islay Distillery Tours | Whisky Distillery Tours at Kilchoman | Visiting Us (

Email [email protected] or telephone 01496  850011.

Labels, Shore Street, Bowmore (20 min drive from Persabus)

Open 9-5 Monday to Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm, for coffee, food, scones, cakes and gifts to
sit in or take away.

The Loch Indaal Hotel, Port Charlotte (40 minute drive from Persabus)

Bar and food served. Lunches 12.30 – 3pm and evening meals 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Booking advised. Please pre-order seafood 24 hours in advance.

Machrie Hotel (30 min drive from Persabus)

18- Restaurant and Bar, The Machrie Hotel

Open daily for breakfast (7am to 10am); lunch (noon – 2.30pm) dinner (6pm to 9.30pm) Soup and Sweet Treats.
For reservations call 01496302310 or email [email protected]

Peatzeria (20min drive from Persabus)

Peatzeria is currently closed. Opening March,  from 12pm to 10pm and closed on Sundays. Call to book a table or order takeaway 01496 810810

Port Charlotte Hotel: (40 min drive from Persabus)

Bar and restaurant open 7 days a week. All day for coffee and cakes and drinks. Lunch: 12-2pm. Evening meals: 5.30pm to 9pm (last order).Takeaway Friday and Saturday nights available to pick up between 5.30pm and 7pm.

One menu throughout the hotel (Bar, dining room, conservatory) There is an outside terrace overlooking the bay and seating at the front of the hotel. Outside tables on the terrace can be booked for meals.

Booking advisable. Please phone 01496 850360 to book a table or order takeaway. Menus on the website

Port Mor Café, Port Charlotte (45min drive from Persabus)

Licensed Community cafe adjacent to campsite. Open 8.30am – 8.30pm for food and 11am to 10pm bar. Breakfasts, lunch and dinner served – regular menus plus specials including daily curry. Takeaway also available. Booking is recommended so please call 01496 850121 or email [email protected] to make a reservation.  Port Mor Community Cafe | Restaurant in Port Charlotte Islay (

Sea Salt Bistro and Takeaway, Port Ellen (40 min drive from Persabus)

Open 7 days a week. Breakfast/coffees 10 – 11.30am; lunch 12 – 2.30. Evening meals 5 – 8.45pm Booking essential. Takeaway available during opening hours. Call 01496 300300

Seafood Kitchen, Port Charlotte (30 min drive from Persabus)

Open evenings Tues – Sunday 6pm – 8.30pm, lunches 12 – 2pm Friday – Sunday Closed Mondays. Bookings advisable, call 01496 850000 to make a reservation.

Taj Mahal, Bowmore (20 min drive from Persabus)

Enjoy fantastic Indian cuisine. The Taj Mahal is open 7 days a week and offers dine in or takeaway options. If you like Indian food we recommend you try the Taj Mahal.


Islay Sea Adventures

now offer (bookable) seafood specials on their boat trips and tours. Enjoy tucking into a tasty seafood platter as you cruise around the islands.

Seafood Special Trip – Islay Sea Adventures (

Seafood Platter
salad on a plate
Pizza on plate
Lobster platter
Trout on a plate
Seafood Platter
ham and olives on plate