From its North Sea harbours to the mountain tops of Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeenshire embraces an impressive landscape of food. You can find Aberdeen Angus cattle grazing on the farmland where the breed was founded, as well as fields of grains and fruit. Among forests and heather-covered uplands there’s wild game; fly-fishermen talk reverentially of some of the country’s finest beats; and the coastline contains the UK’s most significant fishing ports, with fishmarkets trading deep-water catches. This guide aims to tell the story of Aberdeenshire’s food and drink with richness and practical detail. It tells you about what’s being grown, made, landed and reared in the region, and just as importantly, where to find it, from farm shops and markets to cafes and restaurants.
First published in May 2013, and independently compiled to reflect the best of Aberdeenshire’s contemporary food scene, this is above all a guide to help you find, appreciate and enjoy great local food.
- Our quick-fire Round Up of the region’s producers is a great place to start for an introductory overview
- The comprehensive Where to Eat guide includes cafés and pubs, restaurants, bistros and hotels.
- Need a good butcher? Where to Buy lists the best independent food and drink shops in Aberdeenshire.
- Local chefs tell you about their most trusted local suppliers.
- Read the stories of the people who create the unique flavours of the region – the farmers, fishermen, cheesemakers, fruit growers, bakers, brewers and distillers.
Find out what makes Aberdeenshire ideal for growing soft fruit.