The county of Angus is home to one of Scotland's most distintive fish dishes, the Arbroath Smokie and no visit to the area is complete without sampling this world-famous delicacy. Smokies are made by smoke-curing haddock over hot oak chips, giving the fish a strong flavour and rich, golden colour. The Smokie has protected status from the European Union which means only haddock smoked using traditional methods within a five-mile radius of Arbroath can officially use the name ‘Arbroath Smokie’.
Pay a visit to the fishing town of Arbroath and you won’t have to look far to find fish shops selling Smokies. Or why not head to the But ‘n’ Ben Restaurant in Auchmithie, the original birthplace of the Smokie to try their famous Smokie pancakes?
Dundee & Angus is not only renowned for seafood. During the summer months savour berries cultivated in Angus’ rich red earth at one of the many fruit farms and discover the tayberry, a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry and unique to Angus. Head to Charleton Fruit Farm and pick your own raspberries, strawberries and more for a real taste of the Scottish summer.
For another unique Dundee & Angus dish, visit the town of Forfar, well known for its local delicacy, the Forfar bridie. A meat pastry not unlike a Cornish pastie, the bridie consists of a short crust pastry turnover filled with mince and onions. Try a freshly baked bridie from local baker James McLaren & Son in the town centre.
Jams and cakes
The city of Dundee has a long association with marmalade with Dundee Marmalade first being made here in the late 1700s. The city is also famous for Dundee cake, a traditional Scottish fruit cake rich in flavour and made with currants, sultanas and almonds.
Those with a sweet tooth should also try Kirriemuir gingerbread, a tasty traditional loaf bursting with flavour from Kirriemuir, the ‘wee red toonie’, which sits at the foothills of the Angus Glens.
Dundee & Angus, along with Aberdeenshire is also to home to one of Scotland’s best known breed of cattle, Aberdeen Angus. Renowned for its rich and tasty flavour, the meat makes first-class steaks. Restaurants throughout the region offer succulent Aberdeen Angus beef on their menus.
With its distinctive flavours and outstanding quality the local produce of Dundee & Angus' is in high demand across the UK and further afield. The chance to sample the regional produce in its local setting is a special treat not to be missed.
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