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.