People go potty for Glenshee

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A Glenshee tourist shop is

celebrating after receiving

its Taste Our Best Food

and Drink Scheme

award.

Glenshee Pottery, which attracts around 12,000 visitors per year, was awarded the accreditation, which is a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government.

Launched in 2013, Taste Our Best is designed to recognise businesses including hotels, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, visitor attractions and B&Bs that not only offer a quality food and drink experience, but include and promote Scottish produce on their menus, to give consumers choice.

Glenshee Pottery is a family business located on the A93 tourist route and run by mother and daughter, Diana Alexander and Jennifer McNicol. Together, they make hand-thrown pottery using red and white earthenware clay and visitors can also paint their own pots.

Both Diana and Jennifer love baking a wide variety of treats, including dairy-free scones and cakes and gluten-free brownies. To add variety to the scones, they offer cheese, date and walnut, portmary, syrup and honey, sunflower seed and ginger.

Diana said: “Wherever possible, we use either our own produce, or source local ingredients. For example, the eggs we use in our baking all come from our own flock of chickens; in season, we use rhubarb from our own garden, and all the raspberries, strawberries and blueberries we use in our baking come directly from the local berry farms, 12 miles away in Blairgowrie, which is known as the berry capital of Scotland.

“The honey in our scones comes from the family-run Heather Hills Honey Farm, just seven miles away, in Bridge of Cally. There, they collect and extract the honey using natural methods that ensure the enzymes, protein and natural goodness stay in the honey. The jam we serve with our scones and put into our cakes also comes from Heather Hills. Their award-winning Scottish preserves are extra fruit jams – all made with over 50% Scottish fruit from the local area and natural cane sugar.

‘‘Our Scottish milk comes daily from the Bridge of Cally Post Office and General Store.”

Results from the 2011/12 Scotland Visitor Survey highlighted that the sampling of local produce is the second highest activity undertaken by visitors when they come to Scotland.

Diana added: “We are extremely pleased to have received the Taste our Best Award as we believe it highlights what wonderful produce is available locally.

‘‘We believe in supporting other local businesses, wherever possible, and are lucky enough to have local producers just down the road from us, with others that we support being available locally. Our guests love knowing that our scones and baked goods are all homemade.”

Philip Smith, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “I would like to congratulate Diana and Jennifer on receiving this award, but it comes as no surprise.”