Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight

It’s time to shine the spotlight on our brilliant local suppliers. The 3rd-18th September is the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, so that means we’re about to embark on a whole two-weeks of celebrating the best in Scottish produce.

We’re not sure if you knew… but we’re pretty proud to be Scottish. While we think it’s really important to support our local businesses, it’s almost too easy with the range of premium quality food and drink that comes out of our wee country.

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So without further ado, let’s wet our whistles…

We’ll start with our friends at Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery. The Stirling brothers’ 2000-acre farm is home to their single-site operation, from farm to bottle. The growing of ingredients, distilling, maturing and bottling all take place on their Arbroath estate, and they even have their own mountain-filtered water supply from their underground lagoon.

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You can try one of their world class gin or vodkas, but sadly you’ll have to wait ‘til 2029 to try out the Arbikie whisky, as they refuse to release anything younger than a 14-year-old malt. It’s all about quality with Arbikie, at only three years old, their products are already being stocked in Harrods, The Ritz and of course, here at Crieff Hydro!

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It wouldn’t be a celebration of Scottish refreshments without a wee dram of our most proud export – whisky! The liquid nectar makes up a massive quarter of the whole of the UK’s food and drink exports. You can head to the Meikle bar to check out our whisky wall with over 80 of the finest Scottish malts to choose from.

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For a local nip, try out the Deanston single malt, distilled only a half hour’s drive from our front door. Of course for a real taste of Crieff it has to be The Glenturret, distilled only a half hour walk from us here. Both of these working distilleries are open for tours with the The Glenturret home to The Famous Grouse Experience and the Deanston single malt offering their chocolate and whisky tours.

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Next it’s on to our choice of Scottish craft beers. You’ve got to try out the Harviestoun brewery’s range. Brewed in Alva near Stirling, their award winning beers are full of flavour and they’re always experimenting with new ingredients. You can try their Ola Dubh barrel aged beer in the Meikle, Bitter & Twisted golden ale in the Brasserie or the popular Schiehallion at our Clubhouse.

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Next up its Brewdog, our craft beer experts. If you’ve not heard of them already, where have you been hiding?! These guys have been creating craft beer for under a decade but are already exporting to over 50 countries from their base in Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Their Punk IPA (which you can try in The Hub) is the biggest selling craft beer in the UK and Scandinavia.

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It’s got to be said, we’re not doing too badly at all when it comes to making drinks… especially for a wee country! 😊😊

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