Year of Food & Drink has arrived on the Royal Mile!

2015 is exploding with the Year of Food & Drink ahead of us and we aim to be at the centre of it all!

Our weekly spotlight on individual producers is a chance for you to celebrate Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce by meeting the producers face to face and tasting their products for the first time.

If you haven’t already, sign up to our newsletter for updates.

We are showcasing our Scottish producers every Thursday, 4-7pm during 2015 (except June 10, see below):

We look forward to seeing you and introducing our local, Scottish food and drink producers!

Personalised Scottish Hamper for Any Occasion

Scottish Food & Drink Hamper

You can create a totally customised hamper filled with high quality Scottish food, drink and gifts for someone special. We can help with suggestions and pairings, but it is totally up to you what goes into your hamper.

While we don’t have all our products available to view on our website, we are ready to help with a PSS (Phone-Shop-Ship) session where we walk around the shop with a basket and describe items to you over the phone and you select what goes into your Scottish Christmas hamper.

We help our customers create hampers and baskets for any occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries and visiting business colleagues.

Call Fiona and Beth on 0131 556 7194 to find out how we can help.

We can take your payment over the phone and then make up the hamper to your specifications. We use a major shipper so your package is tracked and insured.

Here is a partial list of our unique Scottish items:

  • Scottish cheese, smoked salmon & venison, haggis
  • Black Bun and Selkirk Bannock
  • Scottish gin, vodka, beer and fruit liqueurs (including some special first batch bottles)
  • Scottish chocolates and hard sweeties
  • Shortbread House of Edinburgh’s best selling tins
  • Scottish Borders tweed picnic bag
  • Scottish Borders tweed dog coats
  • Harris Tweed Christmas tree ornaments (seasonal)
  • Whisky stones made from Scottish granite
  • Soya candles in specially selected and often vintage china pieces
  • Hand detailed food-safe slate canapé tray with chilli or antler metal handles
  • Hand turned Scottish wooden bowls
  • Angela Pointon, St Andrews, Michelle Lowe, Tom Butcher & Tain Pottery pieces including candle sticks, mugs, egg cups, casserole dish and bicycle themed platters.
  • Darach whisky glass holder made from a whisky barrel stave (and choices of regional whisky 20cl bottles)
  • Darach whisky barrel stave tea light holder from 3 to 6 tea lights
  • Darach whisky barrel chair, bench, half moon table and log holder
  • Scottish wool knitted tea and coffee cosies (looking for good homes!)
  • Harris Tweed tea cosies
  • Scottish cookery and whisky lover books (we often have copies signed by authors)
  • An array of Scottish children’s books
  • Harris Tweed iPad, mini iPad and phone sleeves
  • Harris Tweed poo bag carrier for your favourite pooch
  • Hand turned spurtles for stirring your porridge
  • Tea towels and cloth shopping bags from a range of Scottish designers including Braw Scotland, Babs Pease and Scott Inness

Call Fiona and Beth on 0131 556 7194 to find out how we can help.

Christmas & Hogmanay a Huge Success

Beth & Fiona attending the Visit Scotland Regional Thistle Awards

Thank you to all our customers who have made our 3rd Christmas season a roaring success! It’s no secret that we love our customers because you love Scottish made products as much as we do. Thank you!!

During January we will be recharging after a very busy 2014 and also searching for new food, drink and gift products. This chunk of time off gives us the chance to travel around Scotland and meet with  some of our current producers. We’re hoping to make it to a couple new distilleries as well. If you know of any new Scottish products that you love, please let us know.

What’s in store for 2015 you ask? 2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink so we will have a weekly spotlight on our individual producers to celebrate and promote Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce. We plan to introduce new people and new products to our customers and our visitors! This means lots of pop up producer tasting events in the shop, so if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter in the side bar.

Christmas & Hogmanay Hours

Thank you to all our customers who have made our 3rd Christmas season a roaring success! It’s no secret that we love our customers because you love Scottish made products as much as we do. Thank you!!

We will close at 3pm on Wednesday, 24 December.

We will reopen at 11am on Sunday, 28 December and remain open through Saturday, 3 January 2015.

We will be closed for the month of January, opening again on Saturday, 31 January 2015.

During January we will be recharging after a very busy 2014 and also searching for new food, drink and gift products. This chunk of time off gives us the chance to travel around Scotland and meet with  some of our current producers. We’re hoping to make it to a couple new distilleries as well. If you know of any new Scottish products that you love, please let us know.

What’s in store for 2015 you ask? 2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink so we will have a weekly spotlight on our individual producers to celebrate and promote Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce. We plan to introduce new people and new products to our customers and our visitors! This means lots of pop up producer tasting events in the shop, so if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter on our homepage.

Scottish Christmas Hampers

Scottish Food & Drink Hamper

Looking for the perfect Christmas hamper this season? All our Christmas hampers are filled to the brim with the same quality Scottish food and drink we stock in the shop.

Did you know that all our food and drink products have been produced in Scotland and many are Great Taste Award winners?

We have designed 3 Christmas hampers with the highest quality Scottish produce and guaranteed to put a smile on the recipient’s face.

Prices range from £50 to £150 and can be shipped ANYWHERE in the UK for £10.

If you would like to create a personalised Scottish Christmas hamper all you need to do is give us a call on 0131 556 7194 between 11 and 6 GMT. We will include a card with your personal message and ship anywhere in the UK for £10.

All orders should be placed by December 15, 2014.

Real Foodies Make Our Day

We consider ourselves foodies so when we meet other foodies there’s pretty much nothing we won’t talk about, especially when it comes to Scottish food and drink.

The FoodieCouple popped in to see us during their Valentines break in Edinburgh and between us our excitement was overflowing. You know when you’ve met kindred spirits!

The FoodieCouple Blog highlights some of our personal favourite foodie places in Edinburgh as well as one of our Great Taste Top 50 Award winners Great Glen Game.

Maybe on their next visit to Edinburgh they’ll invite us to dine along with them!

Seeking new Scottish products

HRH driving past Cranachan & Crowdie waves to the crowds.

Our first 7 months are under our belts (phew!) and we’re taking off the month of January to travel and find new Scottish food, drink and non-food, food related products for our enthusiastic and growing customer base.

We have learned so much during our start-up months and we feel excited about the year ahead. Meeting people from all over the world and from practically every corner of Scotland has reinforced for us our reasons for opening Cranachan & Crowdie in the first place – Scotland has an abundance of fine food and drink producers who deserve to be celebrated on the world stage.

We’ve been asked what it’s like being Purveyors of Fine Scottish Food & Drink and our answer is simple – it’s a real pleasure meeting new producers, hearing their stories and tasting their products.

We are also very thankful to everyone who has helped us reach this point – customers, suppliers, producers, family, friends and the Queen who has been with us from Day 1!

Looking forward to our 1st anniversary on June 1, 2013…watch this space for details of a Scottish foodie celebration!

Late Night Shopping + Savoury Scottish Festive Canapés

We are holding a Savoury Scottish Festive Canapes tasting event…combined with a wee bit of late night shopping to help make your life easier. There are a limited number of tickets so buy your ticket today!

We have collaborated with Ann Scott to create canapes that highlight some of our favourites like smoked salmon while also sneaking in a couple new flavours and textures that may surprise your taste buds and create new foodie memories for all of us. You will also receive copies of Ann’s recipes.

And to make your life super easy, when you spend £20 or more on the evening we will deduct your £5 ticket price from your bill (including orders for cheese, smoked fish and venison for delivery in mid-Dec but excluding alcohol and gift certificates)

Here’s the fancy shmancy link to buy your ticket today!

Eventbrite - Late Night Shopping + Savoury Scottish Festive Canapés

Stay Calm & Eat On

We have been incredibly lucky to meet a range of fantastically interesting customers who are often in Edinburgh for the first time. They are gushing about their experience of seeing the city and meeting Scots. Lucky us for being part of their holiday story when they return home.

We are fortunate to have been visited by Janet Christie of Scotland on Sunday who has translated our journey at Cranachan & Crowdie into a poetic, quirky story. We hope you’ll have a read and then pop in to see us.

Here’s the link to the full article in the Spectrum Magazine.