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The Temple, Northton – formerly Temple Café and once the MacGillivray Centre – opened its new Leverburgh outlet in what was formerly the Harris Outdoor Centre on Friday July 8.

It will be open Tuesday-Saturday each week – filling a small part of the gap left by the complete closure of the nearby Anchorage Restaurant. For more than 40 years through the An Clachan Café and then the Anchorage, south Harris had a large venue for snacks and meals.

The new venue, called the Temple House of Potions, is not on that scale – occupying part of the former industrial units set back from the pier road.

Temple House of Potions stocks Wild Eve and Northton-based A. S. Apothecary’s other Harris botanical potions to taste and buy.

You can also try their own speciality coffee bean roasts and teas

Temple House of Potions also serves food platters to eat in or takeaway, including Harris seafood, meat, or vegan falafel.

On Friday – for their first day – they were serving two types of biscotti with their morning coffee “pecan & orange or double chocolate & walnut. “

They explained on Facebook that you “can choose from any of our five single origin coffees or our delicious House blend which is a seasonal mix of all five.

“For lunch we’ll have a selection of three platters - langoustine, cured meat & Scottish cheese or vegan felafel and hummus. They were all very popular at our cocktail evening.

“You can also try Wild Eve with several delicious variations both warm and cold. There’s also the full range of A.S Apothecary products.

“It’s going to be a gorgeous spot to pop in for a chat and to experience much more of what we do.”