Helping you find your Christmas magic!

by Alice 3. November 2014 18:23

The fire has been lit and the logistics of squeezing the entire England family around one table are being hotly debated, which means Christmas must be around the corner!

 

A season of celebration across the globe, everyone knows the holidays are made for feasting. And conservative or quirky, personal friend or esteemed colleague, there’s a Christmas Hamper for every taste.

 

Take the Artisan Christmas Selection Box. Nestled alongside classic handmade mince pies, Stollen Bites and Black Bun Fingers from Campbell’s Bakery are four chocolate reindeer from Cocoa Ooze – ideal chocolate treats for the little ones.

 

 

And that’s not to mention a bottle of Moniack Sloe Liqueur plus some devilishly delicious truffles from the Wicked Chocolate Co. – we know how to balance naughty and nice.

 

For those in need of some classics, nothing beats the Christmas Day Delights Hamper. It’s packed with old-fashioned treats such as Black Jack Snacks luxury macadamia nuts and cranberries, Mrs Bridge’s Christmas Preserve, Emma Ridley’s Brandy Butter, a bottle of Senso Trebbiano.

 

 

The only problem is which to eat first – the Heatherslaw Iced Christmas Cake, or Christopher James’ award-winning Plum Pudding with brandy and port?

 

We believe the wonder of Christmas should never fade, no matter how old you grow.

 

With this in mind, we’ve created the Fireside Feast Hamper.  Encased within a wooden treasure chest come an array of very special treats for grown-up after dinner indulgence.

 

 

Dusty Road Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc are joined by Dormen's Smoked Almonds, Epicure Duck and Orange Pâté, Mrs Bridges chutneys and preserves, and Rendles Farmhouse Fruit Cake and more. With the fire roaring and a Christmas jumper or two, you’ve got the ultimate evening in.

 

Of course, this is just the beginning of our Christmas story. Browse our hampers, or even make use of our bespoke service if you’re looking for something ‘just so’.

 

While we may not be Santa’s elves, rest assured the Highland Fayre team can lend a little Christmas magic – even if it’s at the very last minute!

 

Here’s to a very merry Christmas for all!

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Corporate Gifts with a Personal Touch

by Alice 6. October 2014 19:16

The old adage ‘you can’t keep everybody happy’ might seem especially relevant when you’re trying to find a gift that will appeal to your whole company.  

After all, despite sharing a professional interest, it’s unlikely that your team will all covet exactly the same items. And although gift vouchers might seem like the obvious resort, they hardly show you connecting with staff on a personal level.  

But what if we told you that you could retain a personal touch, without having to individually source every gift?

With our corporate hampers, the possibilities are as diverse as the personalities in your business!

Personalised Las Condes Cabernet Sauvignon

Rewarding and incentivising staff shouldn’t be underestimated, and encouraging healthy competition between team members is never a bad thing. Of course, the knowledge you’ve done a great job should be enough to motivate anybody, but adding an aspirational prize to the glory definitely won’t hurt.

Our personalised bottles of wine and Champagne are ideal for this  – with the option to include your company logo plus a custom message, you can add a name or simply include ‘employee of the month’ on the label to boost friendly rivalry.

Nothing makes staff feel more valued than knowing you’ve paid attention to their specific tastes, requirements and interests.

For instance, if there’s a coeliac in the group, or a team split by their love/hate relationship with chocolate, you can tailor separate hampers within one order to accommodate.

And it’s not just your employee personalities that can determine the hamper contents.

Gluten Free Gift Basket

Bespoke brand hampers are also available – whether you want to theme the contents around your company colours, or compile a selection of goodies that give a nod to your geographical origins.

Of course, Christmas is drawing ever closer and there’s nothing more obvious than a present that’s been purchased as an afterthought.

Christmas Velvet Luxury Hamper

Impress clients, or ensure your best team players have the indulgent Christmas they deserve, with the likes of our Christmas Velvet Luxury and Festive Celebration Hampers. Each one is packed full with celebratory treats including fine wines, nuts, preserves, cheese, cakes and more to guarantee a truly cracking Christmas!

Take advantage of our bulk discounts, and we can deliver your entire bounty of gastronomic gifts to individuals or all to your office, leaving you free to focus on more pressing matters. 

 

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Get Cooking with Your Hamper

by Alice 11. September 2014 20:12

Lift the lid on one of our hampers, and you’ll not only find an array of tasty nibbles – you’ll also open up a world of culinary possibility!

From imaginative condiments to ingenious ingredients, the contents often inspire our whole family to get together and try making something new.   

Take the Trotters Honey Mustard and Summer Harvest Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil from our Artisan Harvest Gift Box, and voila! Simply shake these flavourful creations together and you’ll have the perfect salad dressing.

Strathearn Oaked Highland Gin

The star of this hamper may just be the bottle of Strathearn Distillery Oaked Highland Gin –we’ve found that it just needs spritz of tonic water to make a great accompaniment to your salad. 

If want to give your culinary efforts a little firepower, you’ll love the Hot & Wicked Artisan Hamper. Simply Add Chili have created a devilishly versatile melting pot of Strawberries, Scotch Bonnet and Habanero which can be used in everything from Asian to Mexican dishes.

For anyone aiming to keep their spread as Scottish as the artisan ingredients, why not combine your Thistly Cross Cider with the chilli paste to make a truly innovative broth for West Coast mussels? Go on, you might just be pleasantly surprised!

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A tad more classic, The Whisky Sauce Co.’s Scotch Whisky Syrup from our Scottish Artisan Fayre box is the ultimate grown-up garnish. We love to drizzle it over everything from haggis, neeps and tatties, to Sunday Roasts and big beefy burgers. 

Ardent bakers, fear not, you won’t be left in a pickle! In fact, we predict any cake connoisseur will be a very jammy baker indeed when they get their hands on SuperJam’s delicious Scottish preserves.

Their 100% Strawberry Pure Fruit Spread promises to be the jewel in the crown of any Victoria Sponge, and also comes in the Hot & Wicked Artisan Hamper

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If you’re feeling adventurous – or you’ve been swept up by ‘superfood’ fever – the Blueberry & Blackcurrant 100% Pure Fruit Spread from the Scottish Artisan Fayre box also goes down a treat!

Sweet or savoury, simple or daring, our hampers have the potential to bring a totally different dimension to your cooking!

Say ‘I do’ to the perfect wedding gift

by Alice 19. August 2014 01:31

Marriage and feasting have gone hand in hand down the aisle of history, and we certainly believe that long and happy lives together benefit from a profusion of great things to eat and drink!

Catering to all budgets and personal tastes, our wedding hampers give a nod to this time honored tradition in unique style.

For brides and grooms that have it all, a personalised bottle of wine or Champagne is the perfect flourish; who wouldn’t love a bottle of fizz with their name on it!

If the happy couple fall firmly in the ‘foodies’ camp and will spend much of their married life in the kitchen, they’ll appreciate any gesture that guarantees gastronomical bliss.

Packed full with locally sourced delights, the Luxury Scottish Artisan Gift Hamper promises many delicious experiences to look forward to on return from their honeymoon.

Relaxing over the Sunday morning papers with Trotter’s Suzanne’s Marmalade, Super Jam pure fruit spread and ‘Cranston Hill’ Espresso Blend. Hosting their first married dinner party with Thistly cross cider aperitifs and Isle of Arran Cheese atop Stag bakery Seaweed Oatcakes to finish…There are so many possibilities to discover, it’s hard to resist buying one for yourself too!

For a gift that they’ll love and cherish year on year, the Jewels in the Crown Luxury Hamper really fits the bill. Presented within a gorgeous chest, this lavish selection box is a treasure trove of fine wine, rich food and indulgent nibbles.

Epicure Duck and Orange Pate, Monty Bojangles French Cocoa Dusted Truffles, and The Condiment Co.’s smoked salmon, lemon and black better dip – these indulgences shout ‘something special’ making this big gift perfect for big days.  

Forget settling for the last desirable item on the wedding gift list, and give your friends or loved ones a taste of the finer things to enjoy.

From the Outer Hebrides to Our Hampers

by Alice 9. August 2014 00:03

Every one of Stag Bakeries’ delicious, handmade treats braves an ocean crossing before being delivered to us here on the mainland.

They were already widely respected for their delicious water biscuits before they came up with the idea of putting Hebridean seaweed into the mix.

And because the company believes in locally-sourced goods, the blend of local seaweed they use has a taste that can only be found in the waters near Lewis.

General Manager Alasdair Maclean explained the thought behind this novel idea:

“We tried to do something that could not be replicated by anyone else, and by using ingredients that are unique to the island we feel as though we’ve accomplished that”.

Stag Bakeries is very proud to serve Lewis as an important part of the local community. A good example of this is that a large proportion of the island population is employed there, often joining as young, eager workers and going on to become highly skilled bakers.

To further serve the community, two mobile bakeries, are driven throughout the island, taking with them batches of fresh bread and rolls just as the morning sun rises. 

Traditional delights such as crumbly shortbread, yummy oatcakes and sweet butterscotch cake are also lovingly crafted inside the bakery walls.

These are of such high quality that they are exported all over the globe, even as far as a small artisan store opposite the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia.

Not a thing Stag Bakeries craft is available in supermarkets, as they believe in creating smaller batches of extremely high quality goods. 

This quality was made evident when in 2013 they won a Great Taste Award for Best Speciality Product for their seaweed water biscuits - and you’ll certainly realise why once you taste them.

It is with great pleasure that we stock Stag Bakeries’ produce in our artisan hampers, as we know you’ll love them every bit as much as we do.

 

The Cuisine of Whisky

by Alice 29. July 2014 22:40

Whisky isn’t just for drinking you know (as enjoyable as that may be) – it’s been used in traditional Scottish cooking for hundreds of years.

With over 2 decades of experience, Whisky Sauce owner Grant Carnegie created his sauce so that he could help everyone to “enjoy the cuisine of whisky once again”.

To do this he insists on using only 100% natural ingredients.

Grant demands natural ingredients because he believes in giving the sauces as much respect as a master distiller would to his beloved whisky.

“As a company that is extremely proud of its Scottish heritage, so should we be extremely proud of the product we put out”.

The Whisky Sauce Co. have mixed up a variety of sweet and savoury flavours to tempt your taste buds.

The savoury sauces are particularly well-paired with game, drizzling on flavour and character to almost any meat dish imaginable.

Should you be the owner of a sweet-tooth however, whisky syrup and whisky butterscotch sauce have proven to be the perfect partner for delectable ice-cream or fluffy pancakes.

You don’t even have to be a whisky-lover to enjoy the sauces either, although we’re sure it wouldn’t do any harm.

One of the most popular sauces they create is Scotch Bonnet – a fiery sauce with a spicy kick. With his tongue firmly in his cheek, Grant describes this as a ‘manly sauce’ (although he says plenty of women enjoy it too).

Grant’s personal serving suggestion is to cook up a lovely meatloaf using minced venison, then pour on some Scotch Bonnet to give it a thoroughly pleasant, spicy kick.

That sounds like a fantastic meal to us, we can’t wait to cook it up ourselves – just be sure to have a glass of water on standby for us.

 

Trotter's Delicious Condiments - From the Kitchen to Your Hamper

by Alice 8. July 2014 18:15

As the well-known saying goes, “when life hands you lemons make lemonade.” In this case however, Byam Trotter made delicious condiments instead!

Before he started supplying his condiments for our artisan hampers, Byam was making mostarda, a traditional Italian condiment made with candied fruit. 

Without the finances to rent anywhere, his parents’ kitchen became his workspace.

At 22 years old, Byam had just graduated from university in Manchester but, like many other graduates, was finding work hard to come by. 

Selling homemade mostarda to local farming shops seemed like a good way of making money - and before long it blossomed into a full-time business. 

Soon after, two chefs were employed and the business moved into a renovated fish and chip shop just 4 miles from the family home. 

The business quickly expanded from mostarda to include a large range of fine condiments: tea, orange marmalade, wild garlic pesto and even mojito marmalade.

Trotter’s Independent condiments proved to be so popular that they are now in demand the length and breadth of the UK. 

If you should find yourself nesting up north in Shetland, or settling down South in Somerset, you’ll certainly find Trotter’s condiments spoken about favourably. 

Although Byam does not do the cooking himself anymore, the good practice that made the condiments so popular is still strictly maintained. 

Every batch the company creates is made in the same small pots that were once used in his parents’ kitchen back in 2009.

This wholesome approach is precisely what gives the range its fresher, more natural taste.  

Because of all this, we at Highland Fayre are delighted to have Trotter’s condiments in our artisan hampers, if for no other reason than they are downright tasty!


St. Andrew's Brewing Once Again

by Alice 23. June 2014 18:55

Here at Highland Fayre we love products that have been created by passionate, hard-working people. 

We also love it when those products are absolutely delicious – and that’s exactly what Eden Brewery’s fine range of craft beers are.

Owner Paul Miller set up the company in 2012 – exactly 110 years since the coastal town of St. Andrew’s last laid claim to brewery ownership.

His aim was a simple one: to make an exciting range of high-quality beers that the town could be proud of once more.

Taking inspiration from the Haig’s distillery that once stood on the same site - he implemented the brewing methods of yesteryear into their process. 

This allowed Eden to create a fantastic range of traditional, contemporary and exciting progressive beers. 

And as far as making the town around them proud, they certainly succeeded. In just a few years they built up a passionate and eager fan base of loyal customers.

The customers were particularly taken with Eden’s desire to create new, distinctive flavours. There have been several batches of special ‘one-off’ beers that were almost instantly snapped up once unveiled.

Siobhan Macleod, Eden’s commercial manager, believes the most rewarding part of brewing the beer is seeing the entire process completed on site in front of her own eyes. 

"Everything from the brewing and bottling to the labelling is done by the small team of dedicated staff on-site".

We highly recommend you try Siobhan’s favourite drink – the Oak Wood Rum Barrel. 

"It is a lovely summery beer with a fruity flavour - it reminds me of being abroad with great weather".

Much in the way St. Andrew’s is now a town proud of their brewery, we’re proud to bring you Eden’s craft beers in our artisan hampers. 


Welcoming Thistly Cross Cider

by Alice 12. June 2014 19:15

Thistly Cross Ciders were created on the back of two inspirational words, “why not?” That encapsulates exactly what artist Peter Stuart and farmer Ian Rennie thought when they opted to collaborate in 2008. 

Their desire to give things a go has seen them creating delicious flavours since they first began. As a result Thistly Cross has now won several awards for the high quality of the unique cider they make. 

The long journey from their humble beginnings at rain-soaked farmers’ markets has proven a very worthwhile venture. Their reputation is steadily rising and the company is well on the way to becoming a household name.

 

The company is based on South Belton Farm in the heart of the picturesque East Lothian countryside. Their policy is to only use real fruit in the cider press and there are no artificial flavourings in any of the drinks they produce. The freshness of the ingredients presents itself in the taste from the first sip to the final drink.

For the serious connoisseur, a flavoursome non-alcoholic elderflower cider is available.  This is made with real elderflowers.

With summer just around the corner, Thistly Cross are creating an enticing cider made from garden-fresh strawberries hand-picked from their very own farm. Of course, they believe cider is there to be enjoyed all year round and have an extensive variety of flavours to suit this.

We chose Thistly Cross Cider for our artisan hampers because every batch is made with care, passion and a healthy dose of creativity. Now picture yourself in a comfortable garden chair, the sun beating down and an ice-cold, fruity cider in your hand. We certainly can’t think of a more pleasant way to spend an afternoon.


The Island Bakery

by Alice 6. June 2014 18:05

A floating paradise off Scotland’s west coast, Mull is a haven for wildlife spotters, hill walkers and, more recently, biscuit lovers!

 

Founded in 2001, Island Bakery has been producing small batches of organic biscuits ever since.

 

 

Described by founder, Dawn Reade, as ‘pure organic indulgence’, the biscuit baking process is even powered using local woodchip and hydro-electricity…talk about feel good and taste good!

 

Traditional with a twist, Dawn wanted their biscuit recipes to be organic yet indulgent:

 

“How the biscuits taste is the most important thing which is why we’ve developed fun recipes like apple crumble and chocolate limes.


“At the time, organic biscuits had a reputation of being packed full of good stuff but not very tasty. We made it our mission to change this which is why Island Bakery biscuits are made with organic goodness but are indulgent too…every biscuit should be a little bit indulgent!”


More recently, Island Bakery’s packaging has undergone something of a facelift. Decorated with quirky, fun characters which express the unique personality of Mull, Dawn explains what inspired their rebrand:

 

“We want every Island Bakery biscuit to be a taste of Mull. Our packaging should be no different! There are so many reasons for visiting the island and so many characters you meet along the way, we wanted to share them with the world and our biscuit boxes seemed the perfect place to do this.”


Lovely as an accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee, Island Bakery biscuits can also be used as a delicious ingredient in a host of recipes, as Dawn explains:

 

“My personal favourite is using Lemon Melts as a base for a yummy lemon cheesecake. I’ve also had customers say they like to add our Apple Crumbles to natural yoghurt topped with fruit compote. For the ultimate ‘cheat recipe’, use our Chocolate Gingers as a key ingredient in homemade tiffin; the unexpected ginger kick always creates a talking point!”

 

To whet your taste buds even more, take a look at Dawn’s biscuits as part of our artisan range.