Experience a Taste of Angus in the county’s many places to eat and drink.
Two Day Foodie Feast
If you are lucky enough to be in Forfar on the second Saturday of the month a morning visit to the Angus Farmers’ Market is a must. Over 40 stallholders attend regularly selling the best of local produce including fruit and vegetables, meat, baked goods, artisan drinks and much more. There are also regular chef demonstrations, and resident caterer WeeCOOK Kitchen serves up morning rolls and delicious home-made pies. The market is also held in Montrose on the first Saturday of the month and a market is now held every second month (on the last Saturday) in Arbroath.
Whilst you are in Forfar remember to pick up some iconic Forfar Bridies. This distinctive meat pasty has been made in the town by baker’s McLaren’s and Saddlers for generations. It’s even the half-time snack of choice at the local football ground!
From Forfar, head inland to the small picturesque town of Kirriemuir. Here you can enjoy a delicious lunch at 88 Degrees in the centre of town. Owners Johanna and Philip also make their own premium chocolate using local ingredients as flavouring, including gin and vodka, all available to buy in the café. Next, take a stroll around the corner to the Star Rock Shop – a sweetie lovers paradise established in 1833, and treat yourself to a bag of your favourites. JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan, was brought up in Kirriemuir and in later years had bags of Star Rock sent to him in London.
On the outskirts of Kirriemuir is The Gin Bothy. Owner Kim Cameron calls herself the ‘Accidental Gin Maker’ after experimenting with left over fruit from her jam making. The Gin Bothy has now become highly successful with a whole range of flavours including raspberry, rhubarb, and of course Bothy Original. Gin Bothy Gunshot has won a rare three stars in the Great Taste awards. Visit the tasting rooms and try them for yourself. Kim might even sing you a Bothy ballad!
A short drive away from Kirriemuir is Armstrong’s Bar and Restaurant. End the day with a relaxing meal in a beautiful countryside location. The menu caters for all tastes and ingredients are sourced locally where possible including fish, game and soft fruit.
No food-lovers visit to Angus would be complete without a visit to Arbroath, home of the Arbroath Smokie. There are still a whole host of smoke-houses around the harbour area making this smoked haddock delicacy, and the mouth-watering smell permeates the air. If you are lucky you might get the opportunity to see the smoking process for yourself, using the same process which has been used for hundreds of years.
Pop into any of the fishmongers in the area and get some to take home with you. Many will vacuum pack them for you. Take a stroll around the harbour area – shellfish is still landed here so you might get the chance to see the boats coming in and unloading their catch of lobster and crab.
Marco’s on the Shore sells a tempting range of homemade ice-cream so you can enjoy a cone while you take in the scenery, or if you are hungry there is a fish and chip shop next door!
Head along the coast to Carnoustie for a visit to Gather. This lovely grocer/deli stocks lots of local goodies including an impressive array of beers and spirits from businesses such as Carnoustie-based Shed 35 Brewing and potato vodka producers Ogilvy Spirits. Close to Carnoustie are East Scryne and Balhungie berry farms. At both locations you can buy freshly picked soft fruit including strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. In the summer months you can sit and have a coffee and a sweet treat in the sunshine.
If you still have a craving for cake, Milton Haugh is a few miles inland. This farm shop is an ideal spot for picking up locally produced vegetables, eggs and meat. This is also the location of The Corn Kist Coffee Shop which serves amazing afternoon teas daily. The attention to detail is exquisite with generous portions of sandwiches and cakes. If you don’t have a sweet tooth a savoury version is available, or you can have a mixture of the two. Everything is handmade daily on the premises and you can always take some away with you to have later if you get too full!