Sweet sizzle of success for Coll’s ‘house by the sea’

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Breakfast on the Island of Coll has just got a whole lot heartier.

Tigh na Mara guest house in Arinagour has been shortlisted for the Tastiest Breakfast Award at Britain’s premier annual awards for the industry.

The eviivo Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise the best of Britain’s world-class and world-famous independent accommodation – from bed and breakfasts and guest houses to vacation rentals and inns.

Recently announced, the eviivo Awards 2019 shortlist has seen Tigh na Mara, run by Paula Smalley, reach the final stages of the nomination process.

Paula will travel to London on October 15 where she will take part in a MasterChef-style cook-off against the nine other nominees to decide the winner, to be announced at the awards evening at the Grand Connaught Rooms the same evening.

‘It’s quite a daunting prospect,’ she said. ‘At the end of the day, though, it’s just a breakfast and I make hundreds of them so I will just imagine I’m back in my own kitchen on Coll and get on with it.’

The three particular choices she has been shortlisted for include a potato scone stack with mushrooms, tomatoes and a poached egg; vegan French toast with spices, banana and maple syrup; and scallops served with black pudding and bacon.

‘Not everyone wants a traditional fry-up so I try to come up with interesting alternatives,’ she added.

‘There are so many different dietry requirements and life choices now so I always bear that in mind. I like to do things a bit differently and change it about every so often to keep things interesting.

‘We work so hard to give our guests a fantastic and unique experience and we are absolutely delighted to have that recognised through this shortlisting for the Tastiest Breakfast Award and hope we are successful on the night.’

Paul Saxby, events director at eviivo, said: ‘We are proud to be working with many of the finest businesses in Britain’s vibrant hospitality sector.

‘These are often small, family-run businesses that play a significant role in driving tourism and jobs to their local community.’