“ Address: Perth Road / Newtonmore / Inverness-shire / PH20-1BB / Scotland / Tel:01540 673 702 „
For good value and good craic the Newtonmore Grill is the place to eat. The breakfasts are amazing, old favourites like mince and tatties, macaroni cheese or steak pie are always brilliant and the steaks and curries are good too. Highly recommended !
When travelling along the A9 you will notice very few service stations or places to stop to grab a bite to eat and drink and get out of the car to stretch your legs. The A9 can be a very tiring route to drive due to the many types of road changes, getting stuck behind tractors and the fact that it is simply a very long road. One place that we have discovered that makes a good place to stop and refuel is The Newtonmore Grill.
Newtonmore is a small village in the Highlands, when driving up the A9 from Perth to Inverness it is approximately at the half way point, Google maps tells you that stopping here would bisect the long drive into two hour and a half sections. Newtonmore itself is signposted from the main A9 and the grill is easy to find as it is at the South end of the village on the main road, there is also a petrol station nearby which is handy as you will not find another one for a long time.
The first thing you will notice about The Grill is the size of the car park, this is also a truckers café. The owners have made a real effort to make the place look nice with various potted plants and shrubs giving it a homely feel.
Inside, the décor could certainly do with an update and it reminds you very much of the 1980's with pink and grey walls and heavy brass ornaments. There are huge picture windows where you can sit and enjoy the scenery and watch the world go by, the seating is tables with fixed chairs.
The menus are on the tables and table service is provided. The menu is just as old fashioned as the décor with filled rolls, all day breakfasts, soup, burgers, chips and a few special dishes being served. The specials sound delicious, on out last visit lamb casserole with mash and veg was the dish of the day. Prices are reasonable to slightly above average, a bacon or sausage roll will come in at under £2 and the specials will cost up to £8.50. There was one veggie option on the menu, a veggie cooked breakfast with vegetarian sausages instead of meaty ones and apart from an egg roll there is nothing to feed veggies. The menu would appeal to the stereotypical trucker first and foremost with heavy meaty and fried food being the majority of what is served.
The service was friendly, there was a fairly long wait for our food but that is because everything is cooked to order for you and there was a decent selection of newspapers to read while you waited. The veggie breakfast was good, everything was piping hot and cooked to perfection. The filled rolls were also good with good quality ingredients used. The coffee was also nice and strong and gave a nice caffeine boost to help with the next leg of our journey north.
The Newtonmore Grill may not sell nouvelle cuisine, they are after all primarily a truckers café with a strong trade from passing motorists and tourists but the food is hot and fresh and not too expensive. It is also the place you will also be directed to when blizzards hit the area and the roads need to close which happens frequently and then you will be happy to know there are also showers and a bar. Its location makes it the ideal place to stop for a pit stop when you are travelling on the A9.