Local produce, suppliers and recipes
Our Chefs source the best of local produce for our onboard menus. Our four Chefs have the freedom to choose their own favoured local suppliers and provide their own menus using the best seasonal produce available. We get very positive feedback from our guests regarding the quality of the food on our cruises.
Producers and Suppliers
Here are some of the Argyll & the Hebrides producers and suppliers used by our Chefs
Jackson Bros Master Butchers, Oban, a 3 generation 80 years of service family butcher. Alistair visits Whitehouse Farm in Stirlingshire to check on the growth and development of the cattle, which are nurtured to be consistent in quality and thus in cooking resutls. He sources lamb and beef from Argyll and seasonal Black Face Lamb.
Watts Fish, Oban Pier, Carol and the team at Watts supply a vast range of seafood from within a 6 mile radius of Oban, some from further afield like Ghia halibut. The shellfish comes from Argyll waters, arguably the best in the world, delicate and full of flavour.
Argyll Smokery, Dunoon, A small independent smoke house that uses sustainable salmon, prawns and trout. They have a subtle smoke flavour that enriches the flavour of the salmon and prawns.https://www.argyllsmokery.com/
Auchnasaul Beef Farm, located on the shores of beautiful Loch Etive, is a favourite supplier for beef. Auchnasaul farm produces some of the highest quality beef in Scotland, breeding highland cattle. The cattle are fed on grass and hay to give the beef a unique flavour and colour. Slaughter takes place locally in Mull Slaughterhouse and the beef is dry aged for 28 days.
Ardfern Organics, Barrfada Farm, grow organic vegetables, salads & herbs.
CJ'S Seafood supply the freshest local fish which they procure from day fishing boats.
Inverlussa Mussel Farm: located in the lovely setting of Loch Spelve on the Isle of Mull, the mussels are rope grown in pristine waters. Crew drop in for mussels and langoustines and guests love to accompany them.Winners of the 'Scotlands Best Mussels 2019/2020' Award.
JR Fine Foods suppliers of cheese and charcuterie.
Tobermory Cheese, Isle of Mull for traditional artisan farm cheese http://www.isleofmullcheese.co.uk/
Kintaline Farm for mutton and lamb.
Bossards Patisserie, Oban, A sweet and savoury surprise in Oban, a multi award winning Patisserie, chef Gordon uses them for celebration cakes. Why? They are sublime!
The Ethical Seafood Company, Isle of Mull, especially for hand-dived scallops.
Tobermory Fish Co. Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Some of the finest Scottish shellfish can be sourced here. Local langoustines, Mull scallops and hand dived scallops and local oysters. https://www.tobermoryfish.co.uk/
Fyne Ales, Loch Fyne for ales https://www.fyneales.com/
Winston Churchill Venison, Glen Lean, Cowal, supply wild venison and game products. https://www.winstonchurchillvenison.com/
For those who care about the welfare and origin of farm animals, Mull Slaughterhouse provides a crucial service to the farmers on Mull and to those in the surrounding areas, with animals coming from Coll, Muck, Morvern and many mainland farms. The service allows locally produced food to be eaten locally and the benefits of local food to the wider, local economy are well documented. Island abattoirs play a vital role in promoting animal welfare as cattle, sheep and pigs destined for slaughter do not have to face long journeys to mainland slaughter houses.