Where our Shellfish Comes From
The shellfish served at Mussel Inn form part of a renewable food source that is cultivated in an environmentally-friendly way in the nutrient-rich waters around Scotland’s North Atlantic coast.
These growing areas range from the beautiful and varied sea lochs of the West Coast, to the Inner and Outer Hebrides, and up to the Orkney and Shetland Isles. They are located well away from areas of industry and population and the shellfish are not dredged from the wild stock living on the seabed but are collected naturally from the sea as spat and then on-grown suspended from lines that are anchored in open waters.
The Mussel Inn enjoys a direct link to the farmers who cultivate the mussels, scallops and oysters served in our restaurants. Although shellfish may grow faster and bigger in warmer waters most world records for fish and shellfish are held by Pacific rather than Atlantic species, it is only in our colder northern waters that they acquire the depth and richness of taste for which they are so famous and which leads to 80% of Scottish shellfish being exported abroad.
Our succulent mussels and oysters are supplied by farms belonging to the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group which sustainably cultivate their shellfish in the pure waters of the Scottish west coast and northern isles.
The UK’s premier producer of finest quality shellfish, Scottish Shellfish was formed in 1992 when a number of farmers, who did not have the resources to supply the market successfully themselves, combined as a co-operative to remedy this issue. It was an inspired move, and today the business supplies supermarkets, wholesalers and restaurants with the finest quality rope grown mussels and oysters.
But at Mussel Inn, we bring these time-honoured delicacies to a new generation of local diners. As well as shellfish, we offer a “catch of the day” which is a fish dish sourced on a daily basis from one of our suppliers. Our puddings are made on the premises and are as fresh as any of our other dishes. The wine list is kept intentionally small. But it has been carefully chosen to offer a wide choice of country and grape variety within a price range that sets you free to experiment.