25 Jun Provenance of our Food
Many of our guests have been asking about our delicious breakfasts.
Breakfast at Cuil-an-Duin will set you up for the day – whether you are sightseeing around this beautiful part of Scotland, or climbing up one of our many Munro’s – you will need a good start. A good breakfast starts with excellent locally sourced ingredients – we buy as much as we can from local suppliers, support the local farmers markets and specialist producers – to ensure that your breakfast is a meal to look forward to.
The following explains our ‘food provenance’ – where our food comes from and how we ensure it is the best.
Provenance of our food.
Our preference is that the majority of ingredients used at Cuil-an-Duin are sourced from local Scottish suppliers. We support local producers, farmers, and independent retailers, and we believe that food tastes better when it does not have to travel far. Unfortunately, we can’t source all of our produce this way but we try very hard to ensure that only the best quality ingredients are used for the perfect breakfast.
We buy only the best locally grown or produced food. Where we can’t get this from Scotland, we source from the rest of the UK, where possible. Out of season, and for certain tropical fresh fruit items, we will buy produce grown overseas.
A description of items included on our ‘Breakfast Menu’ is set out below, showing the provenance of items used.
Freshly squeezed orange juice or pressed apple juice
Oranges are freshly squeezed by David, to order. Only pressed apple juice is served (not from concentrate) from Scottish and English apples.
Seasonal fresh fruit and yoghurt
Fruit farms in Blairgowrie and Angus produce some of the best soft fruit in the country and, in season, we will source from here.
Muesli or granola served with berries
Muesli is supplied by the Blair Atholl Watermill (also great for afternoon tea or lunch!).
Porridge served with a choice of local heather whiskey honey, raisins, dark brown sugar, or the traditional Scottish way, with salt
Scott’s Porage produced from oats rolled in Fife and sourced from local farms. Whiskey honey is supplied by Heather Hills Farm and made by Perthshire bees with Edradour whiskey.
Scottish back bacon
Macdonald Bros Butchers in Pitlochry source their meat from local farms. Sausages are produced in-house by Macdonald Bros Butchers with pork sourced from local farms.
Stornoway Black Pudding
Produced by Charles Macleod, this multi award winning Stornoway Black Pudding is made with Scottish oatmeal to give a unique texture and the moist deep flavour is a result of high quality ingredients and fine balance of seasoning. Stornoway Black Pudding has now been given official recognition from the EU – protecting it against unauthorised imitation.
Herby tomato and fresh mushrooms
Local farm produce is used wherever possible, often sourced from the Pitlochry or Aberfeldy Farmers Markets.
Eggs – Freshly laid by our own hens, Daisy, Dolly, Gertrude, Florence, Violet and Bluebell
Our little flock of free range hens live in our orchard and spend their days happily foraging around and exhibiting their natural behaviours. They are fed an organic diet which gives the yolks a particularly rich yellow colour.
Dunkeld smoked salmon with creamy scrambled eggs
Produced by a small family run business, specialising in smoked salmon, Springwells is a traditional and artisan smokehouse situated 6 miles south of Cuil-an-Duin in the ancient cathedral town of Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay, one of Scotland’s most famous salmon rivers.
David’s special omelette of the day
Made using our own organic eggs with a choice (or all) of fresh peppers, tomato, mushroom, and cheese.
Smoked haddock with a soft poached egg
Fish supplied by Arbroath Fisheries and delivered fresh to our door by George, the fish man. Eggs are produced by our ‘girls’ and lightly poached on the simmering ring on our Aga.
Vegetarian dish of the day
Includes creamy mushrooms served on a thick slice of wholemeal toast; Portobello mushrooms baked with goat’s cheese; grilled tomato with fresh herbs; and other local seasonal produce.
Toast, preserves and local heather honey
Home-made plum jam, apple jelly, and chutney from our own fruit orchard; home-made marmalade made by Sally’s mum; preserves and honey supplied by Heather Hills Farm, just over the Moulin Moor in Bridge of Cally. Bread is supplied by a number of local bakeries, including the Blair Atholl Watermill, Adi’s Deli in Pitlochry, or locally baked in Perth. If you’re really lucky or ask nicely, David may make some of his own scotch pancakes.
Selection of teas, freshly ground fair-trade coffee or decaffeinated coffee
We have a selection of teas supplied by Brodies of Edinburgh. We use fair trade coffee beans and your choice of freshly ground coffee is made using our excellent Miele “bean-to-cup” espresso machine. Milk, butter and cream are all supplied by Scottish dairies.
Where possible, if arrival times coincide, we love to welcome our guests with afternoon tea. We serve Brodies of Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Blend or Earl Grey, if you prefer. A selection of home baking is always on offer – often a Victoria Sponge and Scottish shortbread whipped up here by David and baked on our trusty 50 year-old Aga; or perhaps a lime drizzle coconut loaf or choc chip almond sponge baked by Sally’s mum in Kirriemuir.