The excellence of whisky, beef and salmon shouldn’t mask all the other world-class food that’s grown, made or landed around Scotland. Game, cheese, bread, baking, fish, shellfish, smoked food, fruit, veg, chocolate, honey and beer – by telling the stories behind all this produce we’re able to shed some light on both the fascinating heritage of food production and the developing contemporary culture of food that can be uncovered in every part of Scotland.
This guide, published in 2011, is the second edition of a project that began with the first Larder in 2009: one that aims to answer some simple questions. What is the food of Scotland, and where can you get hold of it? We aim to offer an insight into the food and drink scene in Scotland from an independent stance. We hope you find what’s in The Larder informative, inspiring and appetising – but also practical. This is above all a guide to help you find, appreciate and enjoy great local food.
- Read the stories of the people who create the unique flavours of the region – the farmers, fishermen, curers, cheesemakers, chocolatiers, distillers, brewers and bakers.
- The Where to Eat guide includes cafés and pubs, restaurants, hotels and takeaways.
- Need a good butcher? Where to Buy lists some of the best independent food and drink shops in Scotland.
- Scotland’s finest chefs tell you about their most trusted local suppliers.
- Find your local farmers’ market with our simple directory.
- Plan your shopping with the help of our seasonality calendar, and your weekend with our food events calendar.
- Find specialist or general cooking courses with our cook schools round up.
Reel in all the information you need to know about Scotland’s best fish and shellfish species
Find out how Scotland’s chocolatiers are putting a local stamp on their artisan creations
Build the best Scottish cheeseboard possible with our guide to the country’s prime cuts
Drink to the health of the brewers putting local beer on the map