We’ve had a couple of trips recently to the village of Cullen on the Moray Firth. It’s known as a good place to see the Moray Firth dolphins and we hoped to be lucky. Unfortunately, we didn’t see a sign of a dolphin and simply settled for a walk on the beach.
On our first visit, we had no idea where we’d have lunch but parked beside a wee cafe called Rockpool (http://rockpool-cullen.co.uk/) on the Seafield Road, the main street. It was a bit cold so we didn’t look any further for lunch. We were lucky to get the last table in the place.
Cullen is, of course, famous for Cullen Skink, a fish soup made with potatoes, onions and smoked haddock. So, there was no need to spend much time looking at the menu – I ordered a large bowl. My wife Anne is not so keen on fish soups so she had the heritage tomato salad.
The Cullen Skink was very good – not too creamy with good chunks of fish. I would have preferred a few more potatoes but it was certainly in the top 25% of Cullen Skinks that I’ve had. The heritage tomato salad with buffalo mozzarella and garlicy bread was delicious. I finished with coffee and one of the best pieces of walnut cake I’ve had.
A few weeks later we were back at Cullen and, this time, we’d booked in advance. The menu had changed that day and I was intrigued by a new menu item – a squid and prawn burger. I’ve never had such a thing before so, in spite of warnings that it could be rubbery, I had to go for it. A great decision – it was superb; moist and succulent, fishy tasting without a hint of rubberiness. It was served with excellent chips. It was a substantial meal so there was no room for cake.
Rockpool was a great find – they use local ingredients and suppliers wherever possible. If you are in Cullen, don’t miss it. Maybe you’ll be lucky with the dolphins.