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.

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!

C&C Hosts Enterprising Women

We had the great honour to host the Scottish Government launch of new support for women in business. The event launched the framework and action plan for women’s enterprise created by Women’s Enterprise Scotland. Download the plan. Guests were served Glen Lyon Coffee, Cindy’s Teas and Manna House Bakery & Patisserie.

Artisan Cheese

All the organic Scottish cheese you could ever want is right on your doorstep at Cranachan and Crowdie. Everything from your favourite humble cheddar to something you’ve never tried before is waiting to be discovered. All cheeses are locally sourced from respected farmers committed to bringing you the best in Scottish cheese.

The Connage Highland Dairy, based in Ardersier near Inverness, is a fully organic family run business that uses traditional techniques and ensure every detail from cow to cheese is maintained to ensure the highest quality is maintained throughout the process. If you ever find yourself up in the Highlands, make sure you pop by the Connage Pantry and see their multi-award winning cheese being made before your eyes. Cranachan and Crowdie stock many of the Connage Highland Dairy cheeses, including Clava Brie, Cromal and Dunlop.

The Isle of Arran Cheese company is similarly family-run by the Kinniburgh family, who took over the company from Ian and Alison McChelry, and have lead the company from strength to strength. In this range you’ll find traditional cheddars with a twist, with added hints of chilli, garlic and mustard. And if you want a taste of more award-winning cheeses, look no further than Katy Rodgers’ crowdie from Knockraich Farm, winner of 3 stars at the Great Taste Awards 2012.

If you feel like being yet more adventurous, why not try some black crowdie from Highland Fine Cheeses. This unusual combination of crowdie with oatmeal and peppercorns makes a cheese like you’ve never tasted before. Those with a taste for the unusual will love this crowdie with kick!

For the ultimate flavour experience, why not give an I.J. Mellis cheese a try? The focus here is on exceptional taste, using artisan techniques and unpasteurised milk to ensure no flavour-defining characteristics are lost. Cranachan and Crowdie’s I.J. Mellis cheeses are all traditional cloth bound and include Isle of Mull cheddar, Grimbister and Cambus-o-May.

With a mix of traditional and unusual, there’s a cheese at Cranachan and Crowdie to suit any taste buds. Don’t deny yourself these exceptional artisan cheeses!

The Wicked Chocolate Company

Calling all chocolate lovers to Cranachan and Crowdie! The fantastic range of treats from the Wicked Chocolate Company have just arrived and are the perfect winter treat. But make sure you stock up; they’re addictive!

The Wicked Chocolate Company was founded by Elaine Forrest in Perth, and never compromises on quality or service. Simplicity is the key for her, with a focus on the finest raw ingredients that make simply the best chocolate, without the fuss.

Come down to Cranachan and Crowdie to see for yourself what all the fuss is about, and take your pick from the huge selection of goodies from chocolate buttons, Neapolitans and drinking chocolate to luxurious Irish cremes, mint crisps and lavish raspberry champagne truffles. With the distinctive black and red boxes and pretty chocolate-filled pouches they make ideal gifts for Easter.

If these little treats aren’t quite enough for your sweet tooth this Easter then look our for Cranachan and Crowdie’s limited handmade Easter eggs, filled with decadent truffles for extra indulgence. Hurry though, and make sure you grab one before they’re all gone!

Don’t forget to visit the Wicked Chocolate Company’s website for more ways to enjoy wicked chocolate.

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!

Savoury Not Sweet

Didn’t make it to Cranachan and Crowdie’s special Savoury Not Sweet event? Then read on to find out exactly what you missed.

On arrival guests were offered a complementary beer from local brewers Innis and Gunn. As an extra treat, guests were given the chance to try their latest variety Independence Day, a fruity apple and citrus beer with a hint of vanilla.

The evening’s savoury delights kicked off with a chutney tasting challenge. Guests were invited to try six of Cranachan & Crowdie’s unusual and exciting Trotter’s chutneys and challenged to identify the flavour, with complimentary oatcakes and crisps for dunking. This proved to be harder than it seemed, especially when guests encountered a minty-fresh mojito flavoured chutney! However, this didn’t phase the challenge winner Tiffany, who went home with the prize gift pack provided by Innis and Gunn.

The evening’s second savoury treat came in the form of the venison samples from Great Taste Award winning Great Glen Game. After an introduction from company co-founder Anja Baak, guests were invited to try some of the varieties of high-quality venison produced by the acclaimed company. Accompanied by bread provided by the Manna House Bakery and Patisserie and Cranachan and Crowdie’s selection of I.J. Mellis cheeses, the venison went down a treat.

So that’s what you missed at Savoury Not Sweet! Don’t be too upset, though. You can still grab all the products featured at Cranachan and Crowdie on a regular basis!

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