The Scottish Deli
Alec Cruikshank’s second deli is set up along the same lines that have made his first so popular: a good mix of local and international products, from charcuterie to his main love, cheese. Baked goods make use of the eggs and veg from his smallholding, and there's a dedicated wine room. The building itself has been a deli for over 50 years, and is still known by the locals as Menzies of Dunkeld, after its previous incarnation as Robert Menzies. A range of ready meals was recently launched, cooked in their own production kitchen – soups, casseroles and traditional puddings are available to buy in both shops in either single or double portion size.
This spot on Dunkeld’s Atholl Street, now occupied by The Scottish Deli, has been a delicatessen for 50 years, as evinced by the faded ‘Menzies of Dunkeld’ lettering. Since 2008, the Scottish Deli has been the flagship of Pitlochry man Alec Cruikshank’s two-shop enterprise, winning Scotland’s Deli of the Year in 2012. It houses an impressive counter of Scottish and European artisan cheeses and charcuterie, and a vast blackboard of filled rolls and salads, with fillings from ‘Bonnet goat's cheese with red onion and bloody Mary salsa’ to ‘Dunkeld smoked salmon with horseradish or star anise and pink peppercorn mustard’, beside their own soups, pies, traybakes, scones and cakes. These can be taken away, or add £1 to sit in at the window stools or a wooden table in the beer and wine room, near the shelves of epicurean biscuits, mustards, jams and crackers. Another colourful counter sells Stewart Tower Dairy ice-cream, and a shiny machine percolates Perthshire’s Glen Lyon coffee.
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