So, you’re given a car for the day, asked to visit your favourite food haunts in sunny Scotland as part of Europcar’s #Britain’sBestBites campaign promoting great local producers…twist our arms! A brand new shiny motor, topped up and ready to go, flask in hand (yep, we’ve reached that age when we can’t leave the house without our flask…), boys in tow, let’s hit the open road.
It was great to get out of the city for the day, see some hills, some blue skies (and some grey skies), a big red bridge, plenty of fields, a couple of pigs and a fair few pies. It’s not all about city living for us and it was great to visit some pit stops not that far from home and check out some ‘must see places’ for those who seriously love their food.
We headed South of Edinburgh to start the day with a visit to Supernature, rapeseed oil producers based at Carrington Barns.
With Great Taste awards and a Scotland Food & Drink Excellence award to their name we are huge fans of Supernature and have worked with them before on mymonkfish.com (click HERE).
For those of you who don’t know much about rapeseed oil it’s packed full of nutrients and has amazing flavours. It’s perfect for salad dressings…or drizzling or dipping…or roasting or frying, and even baking. With ten times more Omega 3 than olive oil, and with it growing on our doorstep here in Scotland we urge you all to try it, super versatile, super tasty and super good for you. We purchased several bottles of Supernature on our road trip including garlic infused and mint infused.
Lunch was calling so we headed North. Vrrrrmmmmm.
Splish, splash, splosh.
Hit the road Jack. I can see blue sky ahead!
Road bridge #BritainsBestBites #roadtrip #forthroadbridge
Open road to the sunny Kingdom of Fife. Well OK, sunny might be pushing it a bit…
We arrived at the Pillars of Hercules for lunch, only 45 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh. By their own admittance they’ve got a crazy name but it’s a kind of crazy place, with amazing food, lots of amazing goings on – camping, bothy, pick your own, walks. Pillars is an organic farm who have pioneered the way for the ethical food movement, they’ve even got ethical toilets, and we can vouch for that.
Quick change of camera filter for added craziness.
Serving vegetarian and vegan food in the cafe the menu was earthy and hearty and very welcoming. Mr Monkfish opted for the bean burger and I had a humous and tomato toasty with yummy side salads. Mini decided on banana loaf #sweettooth For full details of the cafe and the other delights of this brilliant place check out their website HERE. In the summer this place really comes into it’s own with outside seating, walks and camping.
We couldn’t believe we hadn’t visited Pillars before….we can tick it off now.
Heading back to the city we stopped off at Craigie’s Farm, located between South Queensferry and Edinburgh. Time for a cuppa and cake and a chat with John Sinclair, Craigie’s owner. West Craigie is a 260 acre arable farm with the added bonus of a farm shop and cafe. They keep a few pigs and chickens and when the season is right you can PYO strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, plums….
There’s plenty going on at Craigie’s all year round, check out their website for more info. If you’ve got small people to entertain then there is a lot of outside space and plenty of woodland walks to do. With the added bonus of a very well stocked farm shop (including local beers and spirits), a butchery and deli counter, and enough fresh veg to keep you going for weeks we made sure we filled our shopping bags before we left.
The goodies…much of which has been consumed. Top of the list was the sea salt and caramel chocolate swiftly followed by the gingerbread ‘cow’.
What a great day thanks to #britainsbestbites. Don’t forget to check out their cool interactive map right HERE and do do do get out of the city when you can, Scotland’s larder is on your doorstep