To the great excitement of locals and visitors alike, Nethy Bridge finally has a cafe!
After months of extensive renovation work by its new owners Nethy House cafe opened its doors last week. To find up-to-date information, including opening times see the Nethy House Facebook page.
Located by the bridge on the main road through the village, the cafe is only a short walk or drive from Foresters Lodge, Riverside Lodge and The Old Smithy, our Handpicked Lodges in Nethy Bridge. The cafe is right next door to Balliefurth Farm Shop, our favourite butcher, which sells a fantastic range of butcher meat, poultry and game as well as fresh fruit and vegetables and all sorts of appetising food products.
Friendly, smiley service, simple, clean decor and the glow of the wood-burning stove create the warm and welcoming atmosphere at Nethy House cafe. The food menu includes delicious home-made soups with bread or cheese scones, and a wonderful selection of home-baking: so far we have enjoyed every tasty mouthful of a smooth sweet potato and coconut soup with melt-in-the mouth cheese scone accompaniment; a rich, tangy, sticky ginger and lime cake; and a decadent fruit scone with cream and jam. Yum! The broad drinks menu includes artisan coffee from specialty Highlands-based roasters Glen Lyon, and an array of teas and soft drinks.
The entrance to Nethy House – you can’t miss it by the bridge! Local crafts and photography are also available to buy.
It's no secret that we love our winters at Handpicked Lodges, and particularly our winter sports. After a cracker of a 2015/6 season however, last year's winter was best forgotten, with a distinct lack of snow and warm temperatures meaning our skis spent far too much time in the cupboard.
But guaranteed snow on CairnGorm Mountain could soon become a reality if the mountain's operators Natural Retreats' Snowfactory planning application gets the go-ahead. If they succeed, this will be the first time this amazing piece of technologyhas been used in the UK. Unlike conventional snowmaking machines, the Snowfactory can function in all temperatures and produces up to 45 tonnes of snow a day. This snow that is made will then be pushed around and distributed by the piste machines to create a more complete run of pistes on the lower slopes.
CairnGorm Mountain are hoping to trial the Snowfactory during peak winter season, for two months from the end of November 2017 through to the end of January 2018. If the trial is a success then it's possible that the technology could become a permanent feature on the mountain, meaning that it will be easier to ski from the top of the mountain to the base for more of the season.
So for Cairngorm skiers this season, it looks like it could be another White Christmas after all!
If you want to read more about the extraordinary Snowfactory, see the manufacturers' website here https://www.technoalpin.com/en/snow-making/snowfactory.html and keep following our blog for updates on this very exciting development.