We are all surrounded by the big supermarkets though some places more than others. One area where I have always been aware of particularly Tesco’s is Dundee as you have to pass quite a few on the way up to Aberdeen where my in-laws live. I am aware it’s historic but you do get the impression they have rather taken over the A90 as you drive up north.
So I was looking forward to testing out our big supermarket ban when we had our weekend away at the Hideaway Experience. To be fair Caroline and Ross make it easy for you to shop local as they provide lots of wonderful food packages that you can buy in advance which could easily keep you in local produce all weekend. And we really enjoyed our steaks in the first night and our breakfast pack which lasted well beyond our stay!
But we also wanted to take our own look at the local produce. So on our way to the Hideaway we treated ourselves to lunch at the award-winning Peat Inn . The food was every bit as their reputation says and started our weekend off in style.
We then dropped in on St Andrew’s for cheese and bread from Mellis and some wine from Luvian’s. All these goodies had us so full that on the Saturday we missed out lunch just to make sure that we had room for some tea.
We did though pop in at the farmers market in Forfar and bought some amazing gammon for Sunday’s tea. Then made our way over to Arbroath. For me this was a trip down memory lane as I used to visit Arbroath as a teenager with my youth group and both myself and my husband like any excuse to visit a fishing port and the sea.
Arbroath boasts lots of fishing shops selling of course the famous Aberdeen smokie which we bought for my parents as a thank you. My eyes though were on the hot smoked salmon which I love. As I picked it I could see that it wasn’t first choice for my husband. But he duly bought it and then served with the cheeses and bread (baked by our host Caroline Miller) for Saturday tea.
All the food was fantastic but have to admit I made the right choice the hot smoked salmon was the best that either my husband or I had ever had. I can still taste it now if I close my eyes. It was so good I will make sure it’s less than another twenty years before I return to Arbroath.
All in all we managed easily over the weekend to eat fresh local produce. We enjoyed it because it was different from what we can buy in the Scottish Borders and we knew we had bought from small local suppliers and to be quite honest it was delicious. A great reason in itself to go and experience the Hideaway and Angus. But if you do shop local because you’re worth it. http://www.thehideawayexperience.co.uk/