Bute Kitchen

Here at Bute Kitchen we are as passionate about food and drink as we are about our home at Mount Stuart.

On the island of Bute we are surrounded by fabulous producers and suppliers and we are proud to include fresh, local and Scottish ingredients on our kitchen menu. Our coffee is from Bute-based Coffee Conscience and our milk, cream and eggs are from McAlister’s Dairy. We are proud to showcase meats from Macqueens, smoked fish from Ritchie’s and ice cream from Zavaronis – all based within a few short miles of Mount Stuart. And where we can’t get the ingredients here, our friends at Caledonian MacBrayne ferry over smoked meats from Rannoch Smokery, cheese from Cows and CoMackies Crisps and Stoats porridge bars to name only a few.

The Bute Kitchen team bakes and cooks ‘from scratch’ and our philosophy is to take great ingredients and create hearty soups, fresh sandwiches and salads, hot ‘Bute Bakes’ and irresistible scones and cakes.


Our Classic and Luxury Picnics are made fresh daily at Bute Kitchen and are available for pre-order from our website. You can collect you picnic from 10am on the date of your visit before setting off into our grounds to find the perfect spot to relax and enjoy!


Afternoon Tea

You can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Bute Kitchen or, for something extra special, in the Purple Sitting Room in the House.

Afternoon Tea at Bute Kitchen: £12.50pp

Premium Afternoon Tea in the Purple Sitting Room: £25.00pp

View a sample menu here.

Afternoon teas must be booked 24 hours in advance and for a minimum of 2 people. For more information download the details here or get in touch on contactus@mountstuart.com

If for any reason you need to cancel your booking we require 24 hours notice to offer a full refund.


In our Courtyard and Visitor Centre shops we stock a range of unique local and regional crafts with a Scottish twist – like our Hairy Coos! We’re passionate about supporting local suppliers stocking fantastic gifts from Isle of Bute Candle CompanyAnimac Design and Ruth Slater as well as books related to Mount Stuart and Bute, guidebooks and postcards. You’ll also find Bute Fabrics bags, sporran purses, hip flakes and Stuart of Bute Tartan ties and much more besides!

You can also order a Mount Stuart guidebook online. We are currently unable to post guidebooks so once you have ordered your guidebook please come to our Visitor Centre to collect it.