As one of the most productive agricultural regions of Scotland, with its long coastline along the Firth of Clyde and a lush, attractive interior, Ayrshire is a landscape laden with food and drink. Rolling farmlands are dotted with the area’s famous dairy cows and fertile fields grow new potatoes or flavoursome herbs, while along the Firth of Clyde coastline fishermen haul in lobster, langoustine, crab and mackerel. Alongside the region’s famous golf courses, historic sites and grand buildings, Ayrshire and Arran is also dotted with farmhouse cheesemakers, bakers, beekeepers, market gardeners, brewers, chocolatiers and smokehouses. Local specialities include cured bacon and black pudding, ice-creams, farmhouse cheeses, ales and porters from micro-breweries and whiskies from the heart of Robert Burns country.
First published in spring 2015, the Ayrshire Larder tells the story of the area’s food and drink in its richness and practical detail. It tells you about the food grown, made, landed and reared in Ayrshire, and just as importantly where to find it, from local farm shops to contemporary restaurants. Independently selected to reflect the contemporary food culture of Ayrshire, it is a guide to help you find, appreciate and enjoy great local food. Online features include:
- Our comprehensive Round-up of local producers is a great place to start for an introductory overview of the food and drink of Ayrshire and Arran
- The Where to Eat guide rounds up the areas best cafés, bistros and restaurants.
- Looking for a nearby farm shop or deli? Where to Buy lists the best independent food and drink shops across Ayrshire and Arran.
- 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, fruit growers, curers, bakers and brewers.
'How now brown cow'
The brown-and-white Ayrshire cow is an iconic image of Scottish dairy. Find out more about the breed and its milk.
'Interview: Robin Gray of Robin's Herbs'
A small market garden near Whiting Bay on the island of Arran is supplying many of Scotland’s top restaurants with leaves, herbs and vegetables.
'Ayrshire early new potatoes thriving'
Ayrshire earlies are the newest of new potatoes each year, earning a place in the nations’ food hall of fame.
The editorial content of all guides in The Larder series including the Ayrshire Larder is independently researched, written and produced by The List. As consumer-oriented guides to local food and drink, all the businesses and organisations covered are selected by The List on the basis of their editorial merit and relevance. No entry in The Larder’s national and regional guides pays to be included.