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Mollans is the name of our wee hoosie here on the stunning Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Situated a mere 400 metres from the beautifully sandy Shawbost Beach on the West Side we were so fortunate to find our little oasis.
When we asked the previous owner about the name "Mollans" he explained that the gaelic meaning of the word is "Eyebrows". Apparently there was a family who lived here, who had rather splendidly large eyebrows. One of the family was called Murdo Mollans.
This was rather fitting really as Julie also has very bushy eyebrows, we have a dog who frequently sits there raising first one eyebrow and then the other - all rather comically and we have 3 cats each with black heads and bright white, lengthy eyebrow hairs.
Our thanks again to a talented young designer Fergus Clayton for a wonderful logo he designed based on the things we feel are important.
There is a wonderful duck which is a tribute to Doyle, one of the first ducks we ever hatched. She was a single duckling for 2 days while we tried to find her a companion. In those 2 days she became very attached to us and such a special little girl. Sadly we lost her with an injury that was unable to be fixed by the vet practice and had to be put to sleep.
Next the chicken - this is a tribute to all the wonderful chickens we have. Currently we have several different breeds here - to name a few: White Leghorn, Bluebell, Scots Greys (A traditional heritage breed) , Rhode Red, Bresse, Indian Game, Dorkings (the earliest breed of domesticated chickens going back to Roman times), Buff Orpington, Cream Legbar. Some of these chickens lay the wonderfully coloured eggs that you can buy from us. Some of the chickens are old and complete freeloaders *smile*
The Rainbow Umbrella is significant to us as we want EVERYONE to feel welcome here. We are an LGBTQI+ safe space and love to welcome anyone who wishes to visit us.
Not surprisingly we want to bring you the very best produce alongside a friendly experience and we pride ourselves on this.
When we were running the Horshader Cafe we learned a lot about what works and what doesn't.
We learned that there are so many people with differing dietary requirements and preferences and we aim to offer something for everyone. We concentrated on Gluten free initially as we felt it important to do one thing well before moving onto the next but we are always happy to accommodate anyone.
We also learned that by not wasting food and resources and getting good value for money meant that there was a little money left over to buy the very best ingredients.
By the very best we don't necessarily mean the most expensive but to strike a balance between quality, freshness, availability and ethically as good as we could. There is more about how we have chosen where we stand on certain issues for instance not using any palm oil available by clicking the blue button below.