By Roz Macaskill
James Robertson says he aims to add something fresh and dynamic to Skye's visitor experience – and with the Isle of Skye Candle Company and Deli Gasta in Broadford, and his recent take over of the Clan Donald restaurant and bar in Armadale, it seems he is succeeding.
Deli Gasta’s recent TripAdvisor reviews include:
"Lovely ambience with great coffee and food."
"Very friendly staff, lovely hot coffee and delicious lemon sponge."
"Best location in Broadford."
"The Old Mill has an excellent atmosphere for the traveller who wants to break the journey."
James transformed the old mill into a unique dining space, which has recently undergone exciting renovations. Since its opening in 2016, the deli has become a popular stop for casual lunch and coffees, with a friendly atmosphere and a dog-welcoming mantra.
James aims to source local ingredients whenever possible. A delicious range of fresh Hebridean seafood, Arran cheese and local baking are all on offer. The deli also caters to pescatarian and vegetarian visitors, with a carefully curated menu of daily specials, sandwiches, soups and home baking.
James' favourite sandwich is the Fiery Scotsman. "We use Scotch Barbeque sauce in it, which really adds something unusual!" relates James. "Made with pulled pork and jalapenos, the sandwich is spicy and truly delectable."
James will be continuing his culinary adventures on Skye with the Clan Donald restaurant and bar in Armadale. James said: "The team behind the restaurant were impressed by what we did with the Deli and wanted someone outgoing and energetic to run the Armadale restaurant and bar. Both my parents’ mothers were MacDonalds, so it's nice to be working in the very home of the clan itself. I plan to have cèilidhs every weekend so it'll be a real social hub!"
Between the deli, the new Armadale restaurant and James' original Isle of Skye Candle Company business, he plans to add something fresh and dynamic to Skye's visitor experience.
He explains: "There's always something you can improve. We want to stay one step ahead and are always thinking about how we can make Skye even better for both locals and visitors."