Arran's joined-up thinking

A quick island tour soon reveals how interconnected the food producers are

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Arran's joined-up thinking

Arran's food producers are an interconnected lot. Arran Fine Foods, at the south edge of Lamlash, uses whisky from the distillery in its Arran Malt Whisky Marmalade [http://www.taste-of-arran.co.uk/item.asp?itemid=325]. At the wild north-east tip, Isle of Arran Distillery sells chocolates made by James of Arran using its cream liqueur, Arran Gold.

Every year, the distillery hosts the Malt and Music Festival. Robin Gray, of Robin’s Herbs, caters the opening night dinner and supplies leaves for the event. The Arran Butcher also creates bespoke pork, whisky and apple sausages for the festival. Glance at the distillery café menu, and you’ll see Creelers’ smoked salmon, Wooleys’ oatcakes and local cheese listed.

Close to Blackwaterfoot on Arran’s west coast, the cheese farm at Bellevue makes Island Cheese. Taste of Arran distributes this and other local produce. Through the website, it sends cheese, oatcakes, mustard and beers all over the UK and other distributors take the products as far afield as Dubai.

The Arran Butcher

Harbour View, Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8EZ

The Arran Chocolate Factory / James of Arran

Invercloy, Brodick, North Ayrshire, KA27 8AJ

Long-established chocolatiers selling a traditional range online, wholesale and from a chocolate shop on Brodick Bay seafront.

Arran Distillery

Lochranza, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8HJ

One of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland, Isle of Arran Distillers is based at Lochranza. There were over 50, mostly illegal, distilleries on the island in the 19th century. Isle of Arran is now the only one, after production…

Arran Fine Foods

The Old Mill, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8LE

Arran Fine Foods have operated from their small factory for nearly forty years, when they first started producing mustards from a tiny kitchen on the island. Now owned by Patterson Arran Ltd, over time their product range has developed to include…

Bellevue Cheese Company

Bellevue Farm, Shiskine, Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8EX

From a modern creamery converted from a former milking shed, Bellevue Creamery produces Arran Blue, a pasturised, semi-soft blue cheese similar to the French ‘Bleu de Auvern’ and Silver Medal winner at the 2006 British Cheese Awards. In the heart of…

Creelers

Home Farm, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8DD

Founded and run by Tim and Fran James, the Creelers business for many years consisted of a smokehouse and two restaurants, one on Arran and a popular outlet in Edinburgh city centre. The latter restaurant closed its doors in 2012 after 17 years. The…

Robin's Herbs

Gray's Cottage, Kingscross, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8RG

Former chef Robin Gray grows herbs, salad leaves and vegetables in polytunnels in a shore-side garden and nearby field that can be reached by strolling along the beach from Whiting Bay. Reclaimed from former rough grazing, stepped terraces and raised…

A Taste of Arran

Market Road, Brodick, North Ayrshire, KA27 8AU

A Taste of Arran brings together 11 premier food and drink producers from the Isle of Arran, and acts as the single point for sales, marketing and distribution. The oatcakes, cheeses, mustards, beers and other foods are all hand-made on the tiny island…

Wooleys of Arran

Invercloy, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8AJ

Wooleys have been in Brodick as long as anyone can remember. Their oatcakes find their way to the deli-counters and restaurant tables of Glasgow and Edinburgh and beyond. To islanders and island visitors though, it’s a popular local bakery offering fine…

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