Published on 19/04/2017
WE HAVE A NEW OPTION to suggest when people ask if we can recommend somewhere nearby for lunch or coffee. Just opened in the village is the Murly Tuck cafe. It is a community cafe, on the village square, at the heart of the village of Tarves.
The building which houses the cafe was built in 1837 as the village school. The current school was built in 1911 and the old school has had various occupants since then. Most recently it was the doctors' surgery and previously it was a shoemakers’ shop but it has been imaginatively transformed into a cafe and it was officially opened on Easter Monday.
It is just a five minute drive from the gallery so ideal for anyone looking for food or drink.
An obvious question is, 'What is Murly Tuck’? It is a dish from north east Scotland of crumbled toasted oatcake mixed into milk, using the pieces cut off oatcakes fresh from the girdle when the oatcakes are cut into triangles — 'murly' from the method of 'murlin' or crumbling in the toasted oatcakes into the milk, 'tuck' from the good tuck in of such a dish. If you were feeling extravagant, you might 'murl' an entire oatcake into milk. No doubt tastier than it sounds but I don't think it is on the cafe menu!
What is on the menu is a huge choice of breakfasts. Depending on your appetite, you can have a Muckle Breakfast, a Puckle Breakfast, a Veggie Breakfast or just a breakfast roll or some toast. For lunch, there are delicious home made soups with the choices changing daily, also sandwiches, paninis, baked potatoes… Of course you may just want a tea or coffee with perhaps some fine bakes, all freshly made on the premises. Children are especially welcome and small portions are offered.
The cafe is bright, cheerful and welcoming, with lots of thoughtful design details. It is a great place to meet, keeping the heart of the community active.