As One Door Closes, Another One Opens…

It was a very emotional day in Gartocharn on the 6th of June…After 32 years of trading firstly as the hugely popular Hungry Monk and for the last 11 years as The 5 star accredited House Of Darrach we have finally closed our doors to the public.

Over the last 11 years the Cawley family have added Coast at Langbank, Boardwalk at Falkirk, and the Riverhouse at Stirling to the already successful portfolio of The Loch House at Lochwinnoch and Duck Bay Marina on Loch Lomond.

Their continued success has meant an ever increasing team of maintenance and office staff all working very hard behind the scenes. The closure of the House of Darrach to the public has enabled us to give those teams some much needed new offices, storage space and parking for maintenance vehicles at Gartocharn.

We are also now able to finally realise a longed-for dream of utilising the space for a long awaited staff training academy and central kitchen which will hopefully enable us to provide a more consistent service to our customers at all of our venues.

As we begin a new chapter at Gartocharn, we would like to thank all the hard working staff who all contributed to the success of both the Hungry Monk and the House of Darrach over the years and in particular, we would like to thank all our customers past and present, for your continued support.

We look forward to seeing all of you at one of our restaurants across the central belt and perhaps at a new restaurant coming near you.

Watch this space….

With many thanks

The Cawley Family


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Giftware, fine foods, ladies & children’s fashion & accessories.

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Visitors to House of Darrach are often surprised by the array of exclusive brands and products on offer around every corner. Our shop is deceptively spacious, comprising three main shopping ‘rooms’ leading off to our restaurant and upstairs art gallery.

Home & Giftware

Upon entry to House of Darrach you’ll step straight into our giftware department – an Aladdin’s cave of unusual & classic gift ideas including elegant pottery and photo frames, to luxury toiletries, stationary, cards and giftwrap.

Younger guests will also love the realistic mechanical animal displays— and the abundance of large cuddly toys dotted around!

local produce

Veer right to discover our fine foods department stocking chilled and store-cupboard local produce including award-winning chutneys, preserves, cheeses, meats and confectionary. We also stock an exclusive range of our very own ‘The House of Darrach’ products and preserves, not to mention our fabulous breads, scones, muffins and cookies freshly baked in-house. We also use all of our food products in our coffee shop, giving you the opportunity to sample before you purchase.


Struggling to find the perfect gift to take home? Our unique bespoke hamper service provides the perfect gift solution to match your price range be it a birthday, anniversary, wedding, thank you, retiral or Christmas present. Packed with quality items from our food department and beautifully presented in a wicker basket, these are available from £40.00 upwards. Our helpful team is here to advise you or simply fill your shopping basket and let us put your hamper together for you. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements as we can assemble hampers to suit health related dietary requirements (diabetic, gluten free…)

Ladies & children’s fashion & accessories

Turn left to enter our fashion and children’s department. Our buyers keep a keen eye on emerging style and colour trends to create unique capsule collections and displays. Our range of smart to casual ladies wear includes some renowned European fashion labels including Grenouille, Jus d’Orange, Vis a Vis. Our clothing range is complimented by a wide selection of quality accessories including bags, scarves, and jewellery.

At the rear of the shop you will find our dedicated kids section featuring clothing, outwear, bedroom interior items, books and toys.

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