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Top chef praises north west cafe

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A CELEBRITY chef has beaten a path to one of the country’s most remote cafes.

Ozone Cafe owner John Ure was surprised to see a celebrity chef at his door.
Ozone Cafe owner John Ure was surprised to see a celebrity chef at his door.

Tony Singh, who regularly appears on TV, visited the Ozone Cafe near Cape Wrath Lighthouse to sample the home baking and take in the spectacular view.

The cafe is run by father and daughter John and Angela Ure who are the Cape’s only permanent residents.

But a few days ago, to their surprise in popped Mr Singh, who is famed for his signature dish haggis pakora, and he really had the ultimate in high teas – the cafe is four miles from the 900-feet highest vertical cliffs on mainland UK.

Mr Singh first appeared on TV as a competitor in ITV’s Chef of the Year in 2000. Born and raised in Leith, the chef has worked in some of Britain’s most prestigious restaurants, including on the Royal Yacht Britannia and at Skibo Castle, before opening his own restaurant in 2001.

Mr Ure told the Northern Times: “It was a real surprise and honour to see him pop in – he was on holiday and I think was taking in the North Coast 500 drive.

“He loved the area and had a tea and some of our Angela’s homemade chocolate brownies which he liked very much. Her chocolate brownies are very popular – she puts walnuts and a few secret ingredients in them. We love seeing customers whoever they are, and you never know who you might see here.”

Mr Ure usually serves around 3000 people a year,concentrated in the main season when the area is not being used as a bombing range. The cafe can only be reached by passenger ferry across the Kyle of Durness and then by minibus up an 11-mile bumpy road.

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