Edible Map – Scotland

Scotland

(Aviemore, Dingwall, Edinburgh)

In and amongst the breathtaking landscapes of Scotland live some of the most delicious things to eat.  Wild, grown, fished or foraged the produce here is worth walking 500 miles or more for.

Food shopping can a bit of a quest as much of the fine produce is shipped down south but it is well worth seeking out the local shops to get hold of what you can. Due to often being in remote locations, suppliers and producers now sell online and will get their goods delivered direct to you.

It is not uncommon to see honesty boxes on the side of the road selling eggs or surplus garden produce which is always a novel way of buying local.

Eating out can be done to an excellent standard in the cities and some tourist friendly areas. In more rural locations restaurants and gastropubs can be hard to find so maybe taking a camping stove and food supplies is a wise move for the food centric.

 

AVIEMORE

The Old Bridge 

Really impressive gastropub in what could be a typical tourist trap area.  Cooking above and beyond impressive

Suitable for an escape from outdoor activities and camp stoves

Drink the pub has a great range of gin, ale and whisky to get you going

Effect on wallet bearable

no information at present

see Edinburgh section

DINGWALL (Alness and Everton)

Butchers

Fraser Brothers 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fraser-Brothers-Butchers-Dingwall/171849112854437

 

Cockburns Butchers

Mill Street, Dingwall, Highland IV15, UK ‎

 

 

Healthfood shop

The Larder

Attached to a fine florist this health food shop has a good selection of all the usual as well as freshly baked breads and vegetables.

 

Farm Shop

The Storehouse 

Farm shop that sells local produce including eggs, fresh bread and vegetables.

no information at present

see Edinburgh section

EDINBURGH

Excellent Coffee

Artisan Coffee

Small chain that serves a great coffee. The Broughton st branch has a very chilled bohemian feel.

 

 Restaurants

Cafe Marlayne

There are two under this name  – I visited the Thistle street branch and had a good meal.  Very reasonably priced hearty food that warms the cockles of your heart ( often needed in Scotland).

Suitable for dinner á deux or lunch with your mother.

Drink anything goes

Effect on wallet very bearable

 

Le Cafe st Honere

I would happily hide in here for days as this seriously charming French restaurant that has

great food, wine and style.

Suitable for business and lovers,

Drink French

Effect on wallet Bearable

 

La P’tite Folie

Great place for a good value easy going set lunch in the centre of town.

Suitable for all the family

Drink what you like

Effect on wallet Minor/ Bearable

 

 Timber yard 

Worth a visit just to see the thoughtfulness that has gone into every detail of this Scottish restaurant.  Although there is a chance you could come out of here still hungry the prettily plated food and interesting menu makes for a thought provoking meal. Nice on a hot day when you can sit outside.

Suitable for ladies what lunch

Drink from the global wine list that includes a good selection of English wine (don’t sneer until you have tried it).

Effect on wallet bearable 

 

Gardeners cottage

In the middle of the grass hill there sits a cottage. Inside the cottage incredible food is made and served.  I was blown away with the 6 course set dinner menu that champions Scottish produce.

Suitable for those that love to think and eat

Drink from the small but perfectly formed wine list.

Effect on wallet Bearable

 

Butchers

George Bower 

Excellent quality meat

 

Cheese

Mellis

If I was a cheese I would want to be sold from one of the Melis shops

 

Delicatesants

Valvonacrolla

I am yet to visit without buying more than I came for as the inciting high shelves stacked with edible goodies are hard to resist.

 

 Green grocers

Fruit a licious 

Impressive selection of fruit and veg that should help you achieve more than your 5 a day target.

This “what to eat” sections refers to all of Scotland

When in Scotland look out for and try the fantastic wild, grown, fished and foraged produce these might include;

Meat

Deer, venison, grouse, pheasant, woodcock, partridge, snipe and hare

Fish and shellfish

Langoustines, crab, lobster, oysters, mussels, scallops, wild salmon, haddock, herring and trout

 

Food Specialties

Porridge  – Cooked properly with only salt and water then stirred with a spurtle ( a wooden round ended stick) porridge will keep you going till lunch time.

Raspberries  – don’t know why but Scottish raspberries are some of the sweetest I have ever tasted

Neeps and Tatties  – Mashed potato and swede often served with haggis and hopefully beaten with disgusting amounts of butter. Just what you need on a cold January night.

Curly Kale, any brassica plant is sweetened by being exposed to frost. As these weather conditions are common in Scotland, plants like curly kale taste particularly good from here.

Haggis, maybe taste one then I’ll tell you whats in them, but trust me they are scrumptious and you will want seconds.

Abroath smokie, a perfect smoked haddock from the east coast, which makes most other smoked fish seem frauds.

Smoked kipper, these are smoked and butterflied herrings that are tatsy brain food for breakfast.

Aberdeen angus beef, native to Scotland, this breed of cow is internationally prized for its tasty meat.

 

Drink

Whisky – Sipping on a wee dram of Scotch is a fine way to end the day in front of a roaring fire. Depending on where it is produced the flavor can vary greatly of this distilled spirit from earthy peaty dark amber to sweet, honeyed or delicate.  It is fun yet informative to visit one of the many distilleries open to the public and see how it is made http://www.scotlandwhisky.com/distilleries/

Irn Bru, I confess I have never tried this alarmingly orange, soft fizzy drink but it is seemingly sold at every opportunity  and is apparently Scotland “other national drink”. I am yet to be convinced.

 

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