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

Peelham Farm Prosciutto

From the top to the bottom, Cranachan and Crowdie have a tasty little treat from the best producers in Scotland. That includes Peelham Farm, just perched above the border in Berwickshire. Their air dried prosciutto is about as organic as it gets. Just take a look at the ingredients list and see for yourself: just pork and seasoning. It doesn’t come any more genuine than that.

You might be wondering why this ham doesn’t have ridiculous amounts of E numbers and hasn’t been through a suspicious amount of processing. Well, the best part about prosciutto is that it’s simply delicious, just the way it is. So why not try serving it as a simple Hors d’oeuvres, and let the natural flavour speak for itself.

Lisa’s Top Tip: If you feel like adding a little kick to our proscuitto, dunk it in a little Trotter’s Scottish Honey Mustard for a tangy edge.

Sheepshaggers Gold Beer

What do you get when you cross a Kelpie, a Thistly Cross and a few Sheepshaggers? Probably a few minor injuries frankly…or simply a great night with mates, a bag of haggis crisps and a few of Cranachan and Crowdie’s more intriguingly-named beers.

And it’s not just shady activity with farmyard animals that are on the drinks menu here! No, sir. Explore the range some more, and you might find yourself having a frank discussion about Birds and Bees, or even pondering the legend of Nessie over a refreshing yet distinctly Scottish beer. (While you’re there, don’t forget to follow the story of the Ceilidh around the bottles, which features the names of every beer in the collection, written by Cranachan and Crowdie’s very own Fiona).

So next time you fancy a great night in or a few drinks before heading out to explore the Fringe, don’t forget to get the Cranchan and Crowdie beers in. The names alone will make your night!

 Lisa’s Top Tip: Relax and fuel up for a night with your favourite Cranchan and Crowdie beer and one of Simple Simon’s curried chicken fillet pies.

Uig Lodge salmon

The highly acclaimed Uig Lodge salmon is hand produced, treated with a one of a kind curing process and is used in Michelin starred restaurants – but the best part is that you can pick up a pack in Cranachan and Crowdie today!

In fact, Cranachan and Crowdie have become the first retailer in Edinburgh to stock the distinguished salmon, so you Edinburgh natives best count yourselves lucky! Based on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, Uig Lodge supply their goods to a select few retailers, making Cranachan and Crowdie the latest gem on the foodie’s map.

Uig Lodge salmon boast a list of awards, notably their 3 stars courtesy of the “Oscars of the food world,” the , received in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Lisa’s Top Tip: Accompany your 130g pack of Uig Lodge salmon with a delicious dollop of Katy Rodger Knockraich Crowdie.

Cranachan and Crowdie is now open!

At Cranachan and Crowdie you’ll find all those quintessential Scottish souvenirs from thistle-shaped shortbread down to a humble can of In Bru. But this range of trademark Scottish treats is certainly not limited. These Scottish foodies boast an exciting range that includes nineteen different types of oatcakes alongside oodles of accompanying jams, marmalades and chutneys. Not to mention healthy ready meals, sorbets, traditional tablet and even antler dog chews. Even those among us with special dietary needs needn’t worry about being left out, as the lovely people at Cranachan and Crowdie’s offer a fantastic gluten free range to satisfy their Celtic-food-cravings. Edinburgh natives are in luck too, as Cranachan and Crowdie are bringing the highest quality smoked salmon to the capital’s doorstep as they have become the first retailer of acclaimed Uig Lodge smoked salmon products in the city.

So if you haven’t already been tempted by Canongate’s latest take on traditional Scottish food store, don’t wait around to stock up on your favourite Scottish treats, and pick up a few new ideas while you’re there. They’ll even wrap it up in a gift basket for you!