I have always been a great believer of using local food producers.
When people choose to stay at Tulach Ard, they don’t just choose a place to stay. They want to sample local food, local culture and, to be honest, local everything.
Visit Scotland introduced the ‘Taste Our Best’ scheme to highlight the use of locally-sourced food.
I am so proud that Tulach Ard has been given this award. It’s a great way to show customers that we meet this standard, keeping food mileage to a minimum. To achieve the mark, I had to prove 80% of Tulach Ard’s food was local. I reckon we’re about 90-95% – In fact, much of food on the breakfast table is from within walking distance.
The who’s who of local food
Whether you are a guest at Tulach Ard or not, I love to encourage everyone to use our local suppliers. I have created a list of the local food producers I use regularly, and recommend you try them for yourself. In addition to B&B, we also cater for self-catering lodges as well as our own guests here at Tulach Ard.
Good food is always on my mind, and I want you to ‘Taste Our Best’. Enjoy your food journey this year.
Meat, fish and charcuterie
Glenfeshie Seafoods (Smoked Fish) – Glenfeshie is a small family-run artisan smokehouse specialises in smoked salmon sourced from Wester Ross or Scottish Salmon Co, regarded as the best fish farms in Scotland. Time-honoured methods of production is waht makes the difference.
Our Fresh Fish Suppliers are based in Lossiemouth and Portsoy on the Moray coast, and Scrabster, near Thurso, in the far North.
Grants of Speyside (Award-winning black pudding and haggis) – All made using the same traditional recipe created five generations ago by Jessie Grant when the company started in Speyside in 1824.
Balliefurth Farm Shop (Locally-farmed meats and deli) – Balliefurth meat comes through their very own farm shop in Nethy Bridge, so complete traceability is guaranteed.
Rannoch Smokery – Generations of experience have perfected some of Scotland’s finest gourmet meats.
Maclean’s Bakery (Fresh bread, rolls and croissants) – You can find Macleans Bakeries throughout the Highlands, and Speyside.
The Bread Pedlar – This bakery is based in the heart of the Cairngorms. They produce home-made bread and other baked goods without nasty additives.
Fruit and veg
The Grantown Dairy (fruit and vegetables) – A small, family-run business with decades of experience. They supply us with a large selection of jams, chutneys and spices.
Black Isle Dairy (Ice Cream) – This tasty artisan ice cream is made with creamy pasteurised milk from the Black Isle Holstein and Jersey cows.
Graham’s Family Dairy (Milk, cream, butter and yoghurts) – Three generations have looked after the herds that produce Scotland’s finest dairy produce. We use their milk, creams, butter and yoghurts.
Connage Highland Dairy (Cheese) – A traditional, family-owned fully organic dairy at Ardersier. They make a wonderful range of cheeses and are open to the public.
Scotland is widely renowned for its high-quality food, and Grantown is no exception. I put my name to this list because I use all these producers and I can personally vouch for the quality.
Tulach Ard isn’t the only establishment with this accolade, so if food is your thing, your taste buds are in for a treat.
Now, all that is left to say is… enjoy.