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A taste of local food on Argyll’s Secret Coast

A taste of local food on Argyll’s Secret Coast
Argyll’s Secret Coast is a must-visit destination for any food lover. With seafood hauled fresh from Loch Fyne, lamb from the hill farms and a thriving community of local producers, you’ll find a feast of local, seasonal produce. Here’s how you can enjoy a true taste of Argyll on Argyll’s Secret Coast.

Producers’ Markets
It’s homemade, homegrown and homespun at the Local Producers’ Markets. Held throughout the year in the Kames Village Hall, these markets are brilliant places to pick up seasonal vegetables, artisan food, delicious homebaking, breads and other tasty treats. The markets are organised by the Kyles Allotment Group, which has a polytunnel and outdoor beds in Kilfinan Community Forest. The next market is on Saturday 6th May, 10am to 1pm.

Evanachan Farm Hut
Have you discovered Fi’s hut yet? This road-side hut is about five minutes along the road from the Oystercatcher at Otter Ferry. Pick up seasonal organic produce from Evanachan Farm, eggs, fresh flowers, jams, chutneys and Fi's amazing cheese made with milk from her Jersey cows. Just pop your money in the honesty box.

Kames Village Store
The Kames Village Store is a great place to stock up on Argyll produce. You’ll find a fine selection of specialty cheeses from all over Scotland, smoked fish, bread from the famous Argyll Bakery, Macqueen's Isle of Bute meats, Arran cheeses and Loch Fyne Ales.

Lovely lamb
If you’ve never tried Hebridean lamb then you’re in for a treat! Carry Farm’s Hebridean flock are lovingly reared. The meat is delicious, tender and low fat. You can buy a 1/2 lamb, butchered and commercially frozen for £48 directly from the farm. Drop by and you can meet the flock. Right now the front field is full of adorable black lambs leaping around by the shore.

Fresh from the sea
Argyll’s Secret Coast is a fabulous place to enjoy fresh Scottish seafood, bordered as we are by two beautiful stretches of water – the Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne. All the restaurants feature local seafood on the menus. For something different, hop on the the CalMac ferry from Portavadie to Tarbert and pick up a seafood box from Prentice Seafoods which is located by the Tarbert ferry terminal. The seafood is incredibly fresh, local and good value for money. Lobster, prawns, mussels, clams, cockles, brown crab, velvet crab, king scallops, scallop meat, and squat lobster tails are all on offer, depending on the season. You can also call ahead and arrange for your seafood to be sent over on the ferry.

Eating out
Here on Argyll’s Secret Coast we’re lucky to have some fantastic cafés, restaurants and hotels where the owners are passionate about local, seasonal food. Botanica Restaurant is a superb relaxed eatery at the heart of Tighnabruaich serving up the very best of local produce including lamb from Shellfield Farm and pork from Auchinbreck Farm. Chef Michal loves to cook up locally foraged food. Local produce is on the menu at the Kames Hotel, Royal an Lochan and Portavadie Bar & Restaurant. At The Oystercatcher at Otter Ferry try the Ballimore Oysters, they’re farmed just next door – you can’t get fresher seafood than that!
Fi's HutKames Producers Market 2017Fresh seafood at The Royal An Lochan
Hebridean lamb at Carry FarmBotanica RestaurantPortavadie
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