7 Reasons Why Crieff is at the heart of Scotland’s Larder
Scotland may be small and mighty but when it comes to food, there’s nothing small about what Scotland has to offer. With an abundance of clear waters, fertile soil and an eye for doing things a little different (no, we’re not talking deep fried mars bars!), Scotland’s natural larder is brimming with some of the very best produce in the world.
That doesn’t mean to say you have to travel far and wide across the country to discover the very best of Scottish food. In fact, all you need to do is Visit Crieff…
Cheese, glorious (and award-winning) cheese!
Recently named the Best Scottish Cheese at the Royal Highland Show, The Strathearn is made in the heart of Strathearn by The Strathearn Cheese Company, using local milk supplies and flavours. The rennet set cheese is made with pasteurised cow’s milk and left to mature for 4 weeks, washed in a Glenturret 10-year-old single malt whisky flavoured brine every other day.
It picked up two more titles at the Royal Highland Show and was recognised with a GOLD award at the World Cheese Awards. Available at the newest addition to Crieff’s High Street, The Crieff Food Co, you can thank us later…
You can have your bread…and bake it too!
Who doesn’t love the smell (and taste) of freshly baked bread? Whether you want to pick up a loaf of the award-wining granary bread from Campbell’s Bakery or learn how to make it yourself, you’ll not be disappointed! They’ve been making bread since 1830, so there’s a thing or two to be learned about the traditional methods and craftsmanship that go into producing some of the best bakery produce in the country.
Visit one of the few traditional high street grocers left in Scotland
There’s something a little special about visiting a traditional grocery shop, usually bursting with the very best, fresh produce and a hidden den of goodies. Once upon a time, Crieff had over 30 grocery shops but now, just one remains.
J.L. Gill haven’t lost that essence of a traditional grocery store since they first opened on the High Street 120 years ago. The welcoming team invite you in to discover a treasure trove of Scottish produce and have become a ‘must-visit’ whisky shop. Speaking of which…
There’s plenty places to pick up a tipple…
Of course, no line-up of Scottish produce would be complete without talking about Scotland’s ‘National Drink’. We’re not talking about the fizzy orange variety, but whisky, of course!
You couldn’t be home to The Famous Grouse Experience at Scotland’s oldest distillery and not have an exceptional selection of spirits and wines available. Whether it’s to sample the gin selection in Ellie’s Cellar, wonderful whiskies at J.L Gill or The Famous Shop or wines from around the world at Harrison’s Fine Wine, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Who says you need to be close to the sea to enjoy the best of the seaside?
When you walk into Fish in Crieff, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d walked into a little coastal fish shop thanks to being bedecked with creels, fishing nets, mini-lighthouses and other seafaring paraphernalia.
The wide range of fresh fish and shellfish is bought direct from Scrabster and transported overnight, ready for the first customers of the day. Not quite an afishionado? The team provide friendly, expert advice.
Sugar, spice and all things nice!
We all have fond memories of sweet shops and, no matter what age you are, there’s still something slightly satisfying about taking the time to carefully select your sweeties of choice.
Thankfully, Gordon and Durward are keeping the memories alive, offering their extensive range of tasty confections as well as stocking the few remaining Scottish manufacturers who are upholding the great Scottish Tradition of fine confectionery manufacture. We’ll take 8oz. of sherbet lemons please…
On those rare days when the sun makes an appearance, it’s time to get the BBQ on the go. After all, it doesn’t get much better than sitting in the fresh air, soaking up the rays as your meat sizzles away on the BBQ.
When we’re reaching into the shed and wiping the cobwebs off the old BBQ, there’s only one thing on our minds, a trip to our local Butchers. Whether you like your steak well done or you prefer it as rare as the British Summer, Gourlay & Sons with their huge range of fresh meats are our one stop shop. You won’t find a more succulent selection for miles.