As you meander up along Auchencairn Main Street, past the entrance to the community garden and the local shop, you’ll come to a beautiful two storey Galloway stone building, which is home to the lovely and very welcoming Dragonfly Restaurant. Here restaurant owner, Esther Stevenson, serves up the most delicious vegan and vegetarian food as part of her philosophy of nurturing mind, body and soul with good quality, locally sourced produce, that is both tasty and sustainable.
Last night we were fortunate enough to get tickets for one of Esther’s popular Friday evening events, these are often sold out and it easy to see why… The cosy surroundings were the perfect venue to enjoy an intimate acoustic performance in between the delicious courses of cauliflower pakoras, hearty chilli, plus the divine, melt in the mouth, vegan pavlova which rounded off the evening perfectly!
Singer songwriter Barry Noakes who was performing his new material in the genre of folk and country, kept us all entertained alternating between guitar and fiddle accompaniment. The Dragonfly draws a friendly crowd; last night’s audience were no exception and Barry Noakes’ funny and often poignant songs were warmly received by all.
The Dragonfly restaurant is open weekends from Friday evening until Sunday lunch time, and daily within the school holidays. There is a yurt in the garden which is great for warmer days but is also in use in the winter when Esther lights the wood burning stove to provide a toasty garden retreat.
Esther explains how she chose to call the restaurant ‘The Dragonfly’ to symbolise the change and transformative effects of wholesome delicious food, how lucky for us and our guests that she also chose to locate it here in Auchencairn!