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Scottish Taste Buddies

Food and drink can be merely consumables necessary to sustain the holidaymaker or can be carefully chosen to be savoured and remembered as part of the whole enjoyable Scottish holiday experience. is dedicated to the latter and happy to be associated with other enterprises, initiatives or ideas of like mind. To this end we have created Scottish Taste Buddies as a showcase for kindred spirits.
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Ballintaggart Farm

Perthshire Members
Tel:01796 482 738

Ballintaggart is an inspiring rural destination with stunning views over the Tay valley,ballintcksc.jpg a stone throw from Grandtully. Chris and Rachel's combined skills have created a refined venue for a memorable food experience.

Within the beautifully restored old farm buildings there is the light and spacious cookschool where Chris offers a range of excellent courses; a generous ballilibrary.jpgsteading for events and gatherings; an intimate library, perfect for smaller groups, along with a gracious lounge with panoramic views and two stylish double rooms for overnight accommodation. Locally sourced produce is fundamental at Ballintaggart and their hens peck contentedly among the fruit orchard. Booking essential.

Bosse Dahlgren, Consultant in Animal Husbandry, Eco Farming & Biodiversity

Bosse Dahlgren, Consultant in Animal Husbandry, Eco Farming & Biodiversity

Bosse Dahlgren has always been passionate about nature and is a leading expert in biodiversity, old breeds, farming heritage and animal welfare. He is particularly interested in how this knowledge can be used in sustainable food production and is on the Board of various Swedish Rare Breed Gene Banks. Click on Enquiries button to get in touch.

Macbiehill Farmhouse

West Linton
EH46 7AZ
Tel:01968 660449

Andrew Whitley is the author of Bread Matters and co-founder of the UK’s Real Bread Campaign.  Andrew campaigns with thoughtfulness and commitment for better quality in our daily bread and an end to the adulteration of the staff of life. 

Having heard him in action he is The Bread and Grains expert and his courses are highly authoritative. They have a well equipped Baking Studio, an organic small holding and an online shop - indeed there is so much going on, click on their weblink for more details!

He created one of the UK’s first organicartisan bakeries (the Village Bakery Melmerby in Cumbria) and ran it for more than 25 years. When traveling in Russia he was inspired by their sourdoughs and launched a range of naturally fermenting breads.

Studying Food Policy and increasingly concerned over the state of British bread, he and Veronica co-founded Breadshare Community-supported Bakery and continue their campaigning, their latest being Scotland The Bread.

Scotland The Bread is one of the innovative enlightened agriculture projects in a pilot programme supported by Funding Enlightened Agriculture. It aims to engage the creative energies of people throughout the food chain in participatory research and collective action to produce better home-grown flour and bread. See website for more details. (Here they are at Royal Highland Show 2016).

59 King Street

Tel:01764 652114

campbells3campbells2This historic family bakery is a real asset to Crieff. From its fabulous window displays to its shelves laden with delicious products within. Campbells successfully offers traditional purchases alongside creative sourdoughs and innovative oatcakes using multigrains and aromatic herbs.

His wife Ailsa and two sisters Fiona and Alison are all very hands on , baking the tried and tested products for which Campbells are known and loved, but also introducing new products to reflect today’s tastes and fashions in food. 

Iain Campbell has travelled widely and learned his craft wisely, is now running the family businesses, both in Crieff and Comrie, and will share some of his secrets with you on his popular courses - imagine a Bake School for aspiring bakers with seven generations of experience behind it, dedicated to all things bread, cakes and pastry! Established in 1830, Campbells is one of Scotland’s oldest bakeries..and still a family business. 

Comrie shop - 38 Drummond Street, Tel: 01764 679 944

45 Queen Street

Tel:0131 220 3852
An excellent trade publication for Scottish catering, tourism and hospitality markets, ideally placed to keep abreast of the latest news and views. Teamed up with chartered accountants, nutrition specialists, property consultants and, on occasion, MSPs, it brings you the best advice and opinion available. In an effort to recognise and reward the high degrees of creativity, excellence and innovation in Scotland 's catering, hospitality and tourism industries, CIS asks YOU annually for entries and nominations for the CIS Excellence Awards. Aimed at recognising and rewarding the highest standards in the Scottish catering, hospitality and tourism industries, the CIS Awards showcase and celebrate the best that Scotland has to offer every May. Look out for entry forms each new year and consider your nominations in good time. Open to all types of established and emerging businesses and talent, from chefs and contract caterers to hotels and restaurants. and tourism organisations, there is a category to suit you or your company.

15 Sunbeam Road

MK42 7BY
Tel:01234 851 469

Chiltern Marble has a well-earned reputation from satisfied customers. Their customer service and workmanship is second to none. Because our kitchen was being shipped from Sweden we needed someone nearer to supply the granite worktops. We ‘shopped around’ Scotland before coming across Chiltern on Google. We were very impressed by their professionalism and standard of workmanship. There were many commendations on their website and they were so helpful with all my long distance telephone calls! When they arrived to measure with incredible technical equipment I was very anxious but they put us at ease and all the other guys on site that day were equally impressed. The finished result is perfection and we would happily commend them to you.

They operate from their own high tech purpose built workshop in Kempston; just outside of Bedford in Bedfordshire, specialising in the fabrication of marble, granite and quartz worktops to both trade and the public.






Wendy Barrie's cook book “Food Miles from Home” has entertaining stories from Wendy's travel diaries, giving a taste of regional cookery from some of her favourite places, eating seasonally and seeking local speciality producers. It can be purchased by ordering online here.

There are recipes from Skåne and the Ice Hotel in Sweden; Piemonte and Tuscany in Italy and many more including Shetland Lamb and Highland Beef recipes from Scotland.

£10 inclusive of p&p in UK and from selected farm shops including Tain Pottery and Benromach Distillery Shop.

The Royal Highland Centre


EH28 8NB
Tel:0131 333 0965

Gardening Scotland is the first weekend in June at Ingliston. Scottish Food Guide hosts an exclusive Pavilion in the Highland Hall and cooks up recipes with the Stand produce in the theatre - here are the recipe leaflets. Special guests on the Stand in 2017 were: St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese, Scottish Fruit Company, Ballintaggart Farm and The Apple Man, along with an emporium of Slow Food Ark of Taste products and heritage potatoes from Skea Organics.

Information on 2018 will be posted in spring.

61 Melville Street

City of Edinburgh Members

The Incorporation of Bakers "Baxters' of the City of Edinburgh is one of the Edinburgh Trades – existing since mediaeval times to promote the interests of specialist crafts and skills. The Incorporation of Bakers is now attracting new members and wants to help and promote high quality baking in Edinburgh. 

From Medieval times, craftsmen supported each other but increasingly they felt under pressure as their rights diminished and towns prospered, so their tactic was to band together more formally to create their own craft guilds. The Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh is such an organization, steeped in tradition and history and led by an elected Deacon and Boxmaster.

There were 15 Incorporations: Surgeons, Goldsmiths, Skinners, Furriers, Hammermen, Wrights, Masons, Tailors, Baxters, Fleshers, Cordiners, Weavers, Waulkers, Bonnetmakers & Dyers, Candlemakers and Barbers.

Baxterslogo.jpgThe ‘Baxters’ are the ‘Bakers’ and it is my great honour to be a Trustee of the Guild. The intention is to revitalize and create interest among artisan bakers. Given the origins of the Incorporated Trades it is arguably a very appropriate time to band together to resist deskilling, industrialization, Chorleywood bread process, not to mention all the additives and fast reactors that artisan breadmakers abhor.

So real breadmakers of Edinburgh and beyond, go forth and prove how amazing you are and rise to the occasion (sorry, I couldn’t resist). 

NHS Health Scotland
5th Floor
Meridian Court
5 Cadogan Street

G2 6QE
Tel:0141 414 2832

The healthyliving award is the sign of healthier food when eating out in Scotland, whether that be in your workplace canteen, local sandwich shop, café or restaurant. This exciting (and free) National Award rewards good practice and highlights businesses that are making it easer for their customers to eat healthily when eating out. Part of NHS Health Scotland.

37 Mitchell Street

Tel:01592 260549

We awarded the contract (2015) to this local family firm to manage and carry out our Food Studio project. They provide Joinery and an all trades Building Contractor Service and they were the nicest, most helpful, ‘can do,’ professional bunch we have ever met! From skilled carpenters to tidy tilers, brickies building beautiful curved walls; decorators preserving and enhancing in equal measures. Like everything else about this build, nothing was straightforward and their plumber and sparks were brilliant at sorting us out too. Our sincere thanks to everyone involved – it was no mean feat and everyone collaborated and helped each other to bring this in on time and on budget to an incredibly high standard of workmanship. Our sincere thanks…in fact although we are so happy to have our home and Food Studio finished, we almost miss them they are such a great bunch!



Jättevägen 1
330 21 Reftele

Sweden Tel:+ 46 (0)371-200 01

Swedish manufacturers of cast iron ranges for over 150 years. I am very interested in cooking with wood, Nordic style, and when we decided to have an additional log stove at our Food Studio the obvious answer to us was to find one that cooks as well! We found this family company in Sweden and visited the factory to find out more. Each cooker is unique – individually cast, hand made, a highly efficient heat source and cooker (both oven and 3 hobs)… and exquisite in design. The company provided an excellent service and we absolutely love using it - we believe the first of this model in UK!

If you too are interested why not book a day’s course on log-fired cooking at Scottish Food Studio. Contact for further details.

Josef Davidssons also do other stoves as can be seen on their website and at their showroom (pictured)



Kvänum kök Helsingborg
Södra Storgatan 11-13
252 23 Helsingborg

Sweden Tel:0046 42-37 48 37

When looking for a kitchen for Scottish Food Studio we were inspired by the freshness of Swedish design and couldn't resist investigating further. Kvänum is a long established family business, founded in the 1920's and, since its inception, its philosophy has been simplicity and high quality as it is today. HQ is still in the town bearing its name but they now have showrooms and stores across Scandinavia and beyond, one not 2 minutes from us in Helsingborg!

The service we received was exceptional and standard of workmanship superb. The team came over to install our kitchen and we could not be more delighted with the results. Ours is actually the first Kvänum kitchen in Scotland and we absolutely love it!

The one pictured is from the showroom. Click on the link to see more kitchen inspirations.

22 Newbattle Abbey College Annexe

Newbattle Road

EH22 3LJ
Tel:0131 660 9534

I first met Michaela 20 years ago when she created the most perfect escritoire for my daughter's birthday, so it seemed appropriate to seek her out when I needed an extra special cake stand, and I was not disappointed.

Having trained as a cabinetmaker in Munich she moved to Scotland in 1980 and after working in various workshops set up her own business in 1986.

Michaela continues to be inspired by the natural qualities of timber and use its beauty to create bewitching and practical furniture. She designs and makes her commissions at her workshop and her standard of workmanship is outstanding. it is a real pleasure to recommend her as a Taste Buddiy!

2 Shore Road

Tel:01383 860941

Neil likes to work closely with clients, ‘creating and developing the brief into innovative and cost effective designs that respond to their physical and cultural context, as well as their budget.’ Like us, he is interested in conservation, use of real timber and supporting the local community.  He collaborated with and guided Smarts (see entry) to create our dream. We all worked brilliantly together, creating a wonderful Food Studio, on target, on budget and on time! We absolutely love it and we would happily recommend Signal Architects. Neil is also a great listener – another key and oft underestimated essential for an excellent architect! It is important after all that the owners are bewitched by their building – and not just the architect!

Pots Pans and Pixels
Contact via website


Pots Pans and Pixels
Great things sometimes come in small packages and Wendy Barrie’s inaugural light-hearted first cookbook will strain neither purse nor coffee table. Nor will it endanger the rain forests. What this practical little book will do, well above its shipping weight, is amuse and inform. ‘Pots, Pans and Pixels’ is a cheery kitchen companion, a soufflé of favourite recipes served with a sprinkling of tales from the files of a working ‘foodie.’ Wendy’s creative input teamed with talented Scots photographer Alan Donaldson’s full colour food shots will appeal to all who like to see the ‘one made earlier’ before trying out new recipes. Others may be surprised at how interesting the life of a ‘scone maker’ can be! Cover price £10 inclusive of p&p in UK or Sweden available via this website. Only a few copies left.

Royal Highland Show
Royal Highland Centre

EH28 8NF
Tel:0131 335 6200
Royal Highland Show

Every June the 'Highland' is the pinnacle of the Scottish showing year, but its appeal stretches well beyond Scotland’s borders to make it not only one of the UK’s premier agricultural shows but also a great day out for all the family, featuring many other activities including food, crafts and flowers.

One of the most popular locations at the show - and the one with the greatest footfall - is the Scotland's Larder Live at the Royal Highland. This year there are more exhibitors than ever to tempt you.

See Scotland's top cooks and chefs in action with our wonderful produce in the main Scotland's Larder Live Theatre and meet the producers in the Tasting & Talks Theatre.

RHS also hosts the Scottish Cheese Championships. There is a full timetable of Cookery Shows daily with lots to taste in the complimentary 120 seat theatre. Scottish Cheese Trail will be there hosting a pop up cheese tasting kiosk.

New for 2017 at RHS was the Scottish Bread Championship, created by Scottish Food Guide and Scotland the Bread. Looking forward to next year - have your entries ready!

Scottish Cheese Trail Cheeseboard

Scottish Cheese Trail Cheeseboard

This attractive cheese tile is one of a limited edition commissioned by Wendy Barrie to celebrate the craft of the artisan cheesemaker and to support small rural enterprises in Scotland. Ideal for that wedge of handmade cheese and an excellent reminder of where to look for that charming place to eat and stay. A perfect gift for the foodie friend. £10 incl p&p (UK or Sweden). Available through Scottish Food Guide.


Wendy’s Food Studio in Fife, for sustainable cooking courses, meetings, projects and bespoke events. Arrange your own date or see forthcoming courses - a perfect gift.

This coastal venue is home to Wendy’s range of food related activities includingwbfoodstudiocheese.jpg courses on sustainable produce, log-fired cooking and food tourism; showcasing regional artisan produce, food styling and photography. 

For details and forthcoming 1 Day Courses at Scottish Food Studio...Click on link below for details...

Biodiversity and rare breed expert Bosse Dahlgren covers sustainable farming and food production aspects of these courses.



‘Cometh the hour cometh the man’ could well be said of Carlo Petrini who started the Slow Food movement in the ‘80s as a rallying call to all food loving Italians who were concerned at the relentless march of the ‘fast food’ culture. Not only did he articulate the misgivings of his own countrymen but encouraged like minded people around the world to come together in local convivia. Sometime in the ’90s I was invited by a friend to a charity dinner to mark Slow’s arrival in Scotland. Since then, hundreds of youngsters have attended my Slow Food workshops to learn about the food we eat. In many places chefs have linked with a local school, to encourage taste education for youngsters. I am now a member of Slow Food Scania. Slow Food is a movement supporting biodiversity and small producers world wide. It values ecological production of high quality food with primary producers receiving just rewards for their dedication and hard labour. Many will use skills passed down through generations and may be safeguarding rare breeds or old varieties, above or below ground. The core values of the movement are Good, Clean and Fair.


Created by Slow Food to catalogue the existence of endangered foods and associated food culture lest they are lost or forgotten forever. Not only is this a valuable register providing fascinating insights, it may also be our saviour one day. As industrial farming methods and food processing continue to diminish our biodiversity, these fragile foods are recognized and boarded on the Ark, a record of our food heritage and a saving of old breeds, varietals and seeds.

For some Ark of Taste produce it is about creating a demand, for some, in the case of endangered wild species, it might mean refraining, to preserve them and support their environment. All benefit from having their story told and receiving the respect they deserve. It is a privelege to be Leader for Scotland's Slow Food Ark of Taste. 

For the up to date list of Scotland's Slow Food Ark of Taste products, where to find them and how to use them click on

Tower Mains
18 Liberton Brae

EH16 6AE
Tel:0131 666 2474
Soil Association Scotland campaigns for locally produced, GM-free, organic food to be available and affordable throughout Scotland. They provide an organic food and farming information service for members, schools and the general public.

4 North West Circus Place

Tel:+44 (0) 131 225 7356

This ground floor emporium opens up into a wonderful lower floor of designs to dazzle. They are very helpful and we looked at hundreds of options before we decided on our lovely ‘hen coop’ for Scottish Food Studio. Ours needed to be heat resistant but they also have a great range for floors, walls and hearths. Very near The Pantry if you are looking for somewhere for a refreshment whilst deciding – that’s what we did!  



19 Torphichen Street

Tel:0131 229 2968

Promoting the advancement of health, hygiene and safety in Scotland. Based in Edinburgh REHIS is an independent self-financing Scottish registered charity promoting education and professional practice in environmental health. REHIS acts as the awarding body for a number of qualifications in Food Safety, Food and Health and Occupational Health and Safety, details of which are available from their office. 

Vegware Ltd
Canalside House
43-45 Polwarth Crescent

EH11 1HS
Tel:+44 (0) 330 223 0400
Manufacturing eco disposables since 2006 their award winning catering disposables are low carbon, made from renewable or recycled materials, and all can be recycled along with food waste. I use them for all my cookery shows and of course the Royal Highland Show