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12 établissements gastronomiques durables en Écosse

Ici, en Écosse, nous sommes passionnés par les produits de haute qualité d’origine écoresponsable. Vous souhaitez vous régaler de produits locaux, déguster des boissons produites de manière éthique ou cueillir les fruits sauvages d’Écosse ? Poursuivez votre lecture pour découvrir les établissements gastronomiques qui raviront même les plus exigeants d’entre vous.

Vous êtes un adepte de l’agritourisme responsable ? Nous aussi ! Consultez le site Go Rural, un mouvement communautaire d’agriculteurs et de cultivateurs écossais, et laissez-vous inspirer par leurs idées de séjours à la campagne.

Fermes et comptoirs agricoles : savourez les produits à la source

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Découvrez produits issus de l’agriculture durable, là où ils sont cultivés. L’Écosse ne manque pas d’endroits spécialisés dans la culture et la préparation de produits et écologiques. Et quel meilleur endroit pour les savourer que la terre même où ils ont été produits ?

  1. Westerton Farmers – cette entreprise familiale de l’Aberdeenshire est axée sur l’agriculture durable et alimentée par des énergies renouvelables. Apprenez-en davantage sur leurs pratiques agricoles et découvrez ce que signifie réellement « circuit court ». Avant de partir, faites un tour à leur Spud Hut, un comptoir agricole qui utilise notamment des emballages biodégradables.
  2. Le château de Gordon et son jardin clos : explorez l’un des plus anciens et des plus grands jardins potagers clos de Grande-Bretagne. Le café propose une cuisine écossaise conviviale qui tire le meilleur parti des produits de saison de son propre jardin. Ce joyau du Moray propose également des hébergements, des séances de pêche au saumon, des visites guidées et bien d’autres choses encore. Vous pouvez même y organiser votre mariage !

Vous êtes passionné par les réseaux urbains d’alimentation durable ? Découvrez les produits du Crofters Larder ou les boîtes de viandes écossaises de Native & Wild. Soutenez l’agriculture éthique et garnissez votre table de produits d’origine durable !

Le saviez-vous ? Les forts courants de marée des Shetland offrent un environnement optimal pour la culture naturelle des moules des Shetland sur des cordes suspendues dans la mer. Découvrez les moules à coquille bleue et d’autres fruits de mer délectables dans des établissements tels que le Frankie’s Fish & Chip Shop ou la Busta House. Découvrez le Grand Nord et goûtez aux saveurs des Shetland !

 

Les restaurants, vitrines de la gastronomie écoresponsable

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In Scotland, many chefs turn sustainable, seasonal and locally sourced produce into real works of art. From carbon-free vegan to sustainably produced meat dishes, discover where you can get a taste of the very best that Scotland has to offer:

  1. The Boathouse Glencaple – visit this cosy restaurant on the historic quayside of Glencaple that overlooks the sparkling River Nith. Enjoy the delicious locally sourced food on offer, including many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
  2. Old Boatyard – featured on Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eat List, this Angus gem serves up delicious, fresh seafood to hungry locals and travellers alike, using only the finest locally sourced ingredients and their secret family recipes.
  3. The Gannet – indulge in a spot of luxury in this Michelin Plate and 3AA Rosette restaurant in Glasgow’s exciting neighbourhood of Finnieston. Choose from the daily updated, seasonal à la carte and small plates menus to tailor to your unique dining experience.
  4. The Bakers Field – located in the heart of Kirkcaldy near the waterfront, this vegan and vegetarian café serves artisan coffee, ethical tea, organic soft drinks and homemade vegan cake. Enjoy some real healthy food, made with only seasonal and locally sourced produce.

Are you always keeping an eye out for Scottish restaurants with sustainably sourced food? Why not also check out the Inn at Loch Tummel, which works with local suppliers and ingredients from their own kitchen garden, or the White House in Lochaline, which won awards for sustainable sourcing?

 

Gin – get a taste of Scotland

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Did you know that much of the flavour of a bottle of Scottish gin is derived from locally sourced botanicals? That’s right, the same sweet floral smell you experience when you discover our breathtaking landscapes can end up in your gin. Some say alchemy doesn’t exist, we say that you can actually distil a single place into one bottle. Here are some examples:

  1. Orkney Distilling – their Kirkjuvagr gin’s defining ingredient is a variety of angelica that was introduced to Orkney by the Vikings centuries ago. This is complimented by a unique blend of local botanicals like ramanas and burnet rose, borage and traditional Orcadian bere barley. Book a tour through the distillery to experience these local flavours come together.
  2. Isle of Arran Gin Co. – this ethical business uses hand-foraged botanicals from the Isle of Arran to produce their unique gin. This distillery fills their still with nearly double the plants of typical distillations, giving the gin its exciting taste. Some of the ingredients are noble fir, hogweed, sea lettuce, fuchsia, lemon balm and meadowsweet.

If you like sustainable spirits, you might also like to visit Nc’Nean Distillery, Scotland’s first organic distillery, in Argyll or the Secret Herb Garden in the Pentland Hills, just south of Edinburgh.

 

Foraging – pluck only the freshest treats

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On the lookout for the freshest produce? Concerned with the carbon output of importing food from the other side of the world? Well, you can’t get fresher and more ethically sourced fruits and vegetables than by sourcing them straight from our fields yourself. Here are some examples:

  1. Seashore Foraging Foray – Argyll’s pristine waters are not only known for producing… but they also influence one of our more unusual delicacies, edible seaweed! Tours are generally two hours long, but bespoke tours are available.
  2. Colstoun Cookery School – this award-winning cook school offers a range of day and week-long cookery courses, including foraging, for beginners through to experienced cooks at the Colstoun Estate in East Lothian.
  3. Trossachs Biking and Bushcraft – choose from guided mountain bike or cycling rides and tours, bikepacking, foraging walks and bushcraft activities from their base in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Bespoke group activities are also available throughout the year.
  4. Border Berries – this family farm in the Scottish Borders is a perfect place for children and adults alike to pick their own fruit this summer. Alternatively, the nearby Wilson’s Farm and Kitchen offers great food events. You can’t get more farm-to-table than this!

 

These were just a couple of tasty sustainable food & drink options in Scotland. Have we missed your favourite? Let us know in the comments or share your sustainable foodie experience with us on social media with the hashtag #VisitScotland.

 

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