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North Hop's Guide to Angus Food & Drink

Friday 5th July 2019

With our local food, drink and craft market at House of Dun fast approaching we thought we'd highlight some of our favourite places in Angus to grab food and drink...

The House of Dun event is part of our Summer Events Programme with National Trust for Scotland bringing fun themed, and family friendly events to their venues across Aberdeenshire and Angus across the summer months. The full line up for 'Exploring Angus' at House of Dun has just been announced and more info can be found here.

So here's our list of some of our Angus food/drink favourites...

El Tajin - This Mexican restaurant began its life as a pop-up and has since turned into a mecca for authentic Mexican food, drinks and cocktails in the heart of Montrose! These guys really know their stuff and have a great vegan offering alongside their main menu. And over the past few weeks they have opened a brand new courtyard area and Mezcal cocktail bar!

Sacred Grounds Coffee Company - We have loved watching this little coffee roasting business grow over the past few years and their coffee is ace...we should know, we drink A LOT of coffee! Although they don't have a shop as such you can pop round to the roastery in Arbroath on days when they're roasting to pick up bags of beans or alternatively you will find their coffee served and beans available at various cafes and shops across Angus...

Wild Thyme - We first discovered this gem of a cafe on a random visit to Arbroath last summer and have been loyal followers ever since! Sisters Natalie and Sonja have created the cutest little cafe space with delicious salads, frittatas, soups, daily specials and more, and their vegan game is seriously strong too! They also stock a whole host of local produce including Sacred Grounds Coffee and Artisana Brownies!

Gather - This lovely kitchen deli in Carnoustie specialises in local, seasonal food with everything being made from scratch in their kitchen. Again they have a great vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menu, and also stock a great range of local produce and produce from around the world.

WeeCOOK Kitchen - Best known for their epic award winning pies this family run restaurant in Barry Downs is open all day, is dog friendly and is BYOB! They also hold regular supper clubs and have changing weekend specials. These guys can also be found regularly at local farmers markets with a selection of their pies to take home so keep an eye out for them on your travels!

Smithies Deli & Gin Emporium - A bit of an institution in Arbroath, this retro deli/coffee shop/gin emporium has (as the name depicts) a rather impressive selection of gins on sale, at last count over 200 we believe!? And they now also have their own gin, Smithie's Gin, made using local botanicals including redcurrants. The shop also has a great selection of cheese, and its worth looking out for special evening pop ups...

The Bothy Experience - Sticking along the gin theme The Bothy Experience by local distillery The Gin Bothy is located in the picturesque village of Glamis and is open Thursday till Sunday each week offering visitors an opportunity to get an insight into distilling and how the Bothy came to fruition. They also hold regular tasting events and themed evenings.

Andrea's Bistro - For those looking for something a bit different this restaurant located within the Fisherman's Inn in Arbroath offers up traditional homemade greek delights! Regular 'catch of the day' and 'specials' are available which always sound delicious, and they have a great cocktail menu worth checking out too!

Scoops of Moo - Looking for something sweet? Then head to Scoops of Moo in Montrose (or should that be Mootrose!?) for awesome ice creams, fully loaded sundaes, shakes and smoothies. All their ice cream comes from our good friends at Stew n' Drew's so you know it is seriously tasty ice cream!

The Rookery - For food with a view head to The Rookery in Carnoustie for awesome views out across the world famous golf course and to the sea beyond! The restaurant is family friendly serving lunch, dinner and drinks. The menu features 'the best of land and sea' with as much local produce as they can get on the plate. And don't miss their Sunday roast!

Mrs Erskine's
- And last, but most definitely not least we have got the on-site cafe at House of Dun, Mrs Erskine's. Charlotte and the team at the cafe specialise in homemade bakes and cakes and feature regular specials to try. Wherever possible they source locally and even use produce grown on the estate and in the gardens.

Again, this list is in no way exhaustive, Angus is jam packed with amazing cafes, restaurants, delis and local producers/makers, but hopefully it gives you a taste of what is on offer and some places to check out...

A number of these fab places mentioned above will also be popping up at our Exploring Angus event at House of Dun on 27/28 July so be sure to visit and say hi!

Slainte!