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Published November 14th 2017
Taste local fare in this local favourite
Situated in the middle of Pitlochry's Atholl Road, Cafe Calluna is the perfect place to stop for lunch in the Scottish Highlands. The cafe opened in 2015, and is a breath of fresh air in the town. While 'Calluna' means 'wild heather', the interior decoration is inspired by cyclists, and they even have a bicycle mounted on the wall. Some of the artwork they have on display is also for sale and is made by local artists.
Cafe Calluna sells local food, and this includes their coffee. The cafe sells Glen Lyon Coffee, which is an environmentally conscious speciality coffee roaster. The coffee is Fairtrade, and although the coffee beans are sourced from more than twelve different countries, the company is local to the area and based near Aberfeldy in Glenlyon. If you're not a coffee person, Cafe Calluna also has a selection of teas to choose from.
The atmosphere is nice, and the staff were all very friendly. They serve a variety of paninis, baguettes, cakes, soups, and sarnies, and generally have everything you would want in a cafe. If you're sitting in, their sandwiches are all served with crisps and a small salad, and their soups are homemade. They also have a range of gluten-free options. I can recommend the sarnie with local ham and caramelised red onion, which is served toasted. Perfect for a chilly day.
Whether you're in Pitlochry for a day, or just passing through, Cafe Calluna is the place to go to for the hungry traveller.