Taking place between 6-21 September, Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight celebrates the very best of Scottish produce. At Britannia, we are proud to make the most of the quality, local ingredients available to us and use local suppliers wherever possible. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, the ham used in the sandwiches and soup is from Ayrshire and the cheddar cheese from Lockerbie. The finest salmon for our sandwiches and salads is responsibly harvested from The Scottish Salmon Company. It is nurtured in the crystal clear waters around the Western Isles before undergoing a smoking process using a 30 year old Welch Fishmongers family recipe. Many of the drinks served are also produced locally, such as Dunbar's Thistly Cross Cider, Edinburgh Gin, Speyside Whisky and our exclusive Bloodhound Beer brewed in Oban.
As a result, we were delighted to win a 'Taste Our Best' award from VisitScotland this year, which recognises establishments who strive for sustainability, sourcing food locally to ensure food miles are kept to a minimum. It means our visitors know where their food has come from and can be reassured as to the quality of the ingredients used too.
The same goes for Britannia's exceptional evening events. Executive Chef Mark Alston is passionate about using local, Scottish ingredients. He believes that if you have fantastic ingredients to work with, you will never go wrong, as long as you do not over-complicate dishes and present it well. His favourites range from Orkney beef, to Highland venison and Scottish shellfish.
If you wish to take something special home following a visit to Britannia, the Gift Shop has a number of products made locally. The delicious new range of jams and chutneys are made in Angus using local ingredients in small batches to create a great quality product full of flavour. The shortbread is made here in Edinburgh, as is our very own fudge, made on board Britannia NAAFI.
If you fancy trying some of our recipes for yourself, check out the 'food' category on our blog. Or enter our social media competition to win yourself some tea and shortbread!
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