Festive Foodies

December 13, 2023

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re looking for some last-minute inspiration to create an unforgettable festive feast this Christmas, East Lothian has a wide range of local produce and artisan goodies on offer. Here are just some of our favourites to whet your appetite!

The Cheese Lady

For cheese enthusiasts, the award-winning delicatessen, owned and operated by Svetlana Kukharchuk, Scottish Business Woman of the Year 2023 (National Business Women’s Awards), The Cheese Lady has a curated selection of cheeses from across the UK and continent. Choose from traditional favourites, unique varieties and vegan and gluten-free options.

Gullane Glogg

For those seeking a taste of the Christmas spirit, award-winning By Julia: Gullane Glogg Mulled Wine Mix and Winter Fizz blends are a delicious combination of orange infused with spices. These flavourful combinations can either be added to red wine to make a warming mulled wine or blended with prosecco to create a wonderful chilled wintery cocktail.

Buck & Birch

Tom and Rupert, founders of Buck & Birch create liquid expressions of the East Lothian landscape, celebrating the incredible variety of flavours produced from ingredients respectfully harvested on their outdoor adventures. They produce craft Scottish spirits, liqueurs and cocktails including Aelder Elixir, Amarosa, Quince Liqueur and Elderberry Elixir.

The Foraging Goat

This charming greengrocer and larder specialises in locally sourced ethically foraged ingredients from fresh produce to homemade preserves and ready to eat meals. The Foraging Goat offers a delightful journey for every taste bud and is a welcome addition to Haddington’s town centre.

The Tipsy Truffle

For a bit of self-indulgence, The Tipsy Truffle in Dunbar has an impressive collection of fresh truffles sure to impress the dinner table. Choose from pralines, fruit creams, marzipans, soft caramels, liqueurs, vegan options - the list goes on!

The Mint Fig

Be sure to stop by The Mint Fig in Musselburgh to stock up on cured meats, cheeses, patés, preserves and condiments.

Carfrae Farm Shop

For a taste of the countryside, Carfrae Farm Shop is bursting with delicious local and Scottish produce as well as treats from around the globe, freshly baked bread, local meats and cheeses, and jars of homemade chutney. Their selection is a testament to the farm's dedication to sustainable farming practices.

Gosford Bothy Farm Shop

Located just outside Aberlady, Gosford Bothy Farm Shop & Butchery is a great place to find fresh produce, meats, dairy products and homemade preserves and chutneys – to mention just a few!

Anderson's Quality Butchers

A traditional family craft butcher shop in North Berwick, Anderson’s Quality Butchers has a reputation for sourcing local ethically raised meat. Their extensive selection includes succulent roasts and sausages and much more for a truly exceptional dining experience.

Belhaven Smokehouse

With a renowned reputation for the highest quality and their dedication to traditional smoking techniques, Belhaven Smokehouse offers an impressive and delicious range of both hot and cold slow smoked salmon and trout. Their shop near West Barns also stocks an impressive selection of other East Lothian produce.

You can find many more East Lothian producers by visiting Scotlands Food & Drink County.

From all of us at Visit East Lothian, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jackie Gardiner
Author: Jackie Gardiner

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