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Local food and drink

Places to eat and drink

The Druie Restaurant and Cafe, Rothiemurchus – temptingly convenient, right next door to the Rothiemurchus Centre is the Druie Café. They predominantly use produce from the Rothiemurchus Estate. Freshly baked cakes and scones and locally roasted coffee are served all day, as well as homemade soups (often including the most delicious Cullen Skink in the Highlands). Open daily 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. Breakfast served from 9.30 – 11.00 and lunch 12.00 – 15.00. With a focus on Estate grown Highland beef and forest venison from Rothiemurchus, accompanied by seasonal produce grown by specialist artisan producers locally and further afield

Muckrach Country House Hotel, Dulnain Bridge – brasserie-style restaurant in a restored Victorian shooting lodge about 20-minutes from Rothiemurchus. The dishes are simple and yet stylish and delicious as they are made using the finest local ingredients sourced from the Scottish Highlands. They serve food all day and pride themselves in giving every guest a memorable experience. Booking recommended.

The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore – on the banks of the River Spey and the closest restaurant to the properties, the “OBI” is a local institution. They work closely with local farmers and suppliers, to keep the menu as local as possible. They also have a very atmospheric bar area where you can eat and drink by the open fire. The Old Bridge is extremely popular with both locals and tourists so booking is essential in high season.

The Cross, Kingussie – this elegant restaurant is around a 20-minute drive from the properties and is well worth the journey. They offer a three-course menu with several choices for each course or a six-course signature tasting menu with wines chosen to match each course. Both menus change regularly and are designed around the best of local seasonal produce. Booking is essential.

Andersons Restaurant, Boat of Garten – a relaxed and informal restaurant about a 15-minute drive from the properties. They are committed to using local Scottish produce when in season, so the menu changes each month. Beloved by locals and recommended by Nick Nairn, in high season booking is essential. Wednesday is Pie night - a different delicious and imaginative variety each of meat, fish and vegetarian pies each week served with a local ale or glass of wine. Pudding lovers take note: their homemade ice creams are dreamy. Excellent cooking and charming staff - this place is a little gem. Usually closed on Tuesdays.

Shopping for supplies

Rothiemurchus Farm Shop - The Farm Shop is an absolute treasure trove of premium quality food and drink - much produced very locally and even on the estate itself. Try the pure-bred Highland beef and forest venison from our ‘in house’ butcher (also made into tasty homemade meals). Or fresh and smoked fish, haggis, black pudding and bacon, cheese crafted by artisan cheesemakers, locally roasted coffee, leaf teas, freshly made scones and cakes, local hand-stirred organic preserves and chutneys, heather honey from the Estate’s hives, fruit drinks, wines, spirits (many distilled locally), chocolate and other sweet delights, shortbread and oatcakes...fill the fridge when you arrive and stock up for your return journey before you leave.

Rothiemurchus meat: Rothiemurchus cattle are traditionally reared, expertly butchered and prepared here by people who have known each animal from birth. Beef is expertly prepared to the highest standards by Rothiemurchus’s own butchers Brian and Fraser. It is ‘hung’ for between 4 and 6 weeks, a slow maturing which gives a very fine ‘marbling’ and a mature and complex flavour. As all Rothiemurchus meat is home reared and butchered, it is subject to availability. If you would like to order, please call 01479 812345, giving at least 2 working days notice.

Rothiemurchus honey: Sold on and off the comb, Rothiemurchus heather honey has a distinctive aroma and a full, rich taste of the Highland hills. The beehives are moved to the moors of Rothiemurchus in the Spring to try and catch any blossom that the bees can turn into blossom honey, but it is the honey made from the heather nectar that is really special. The honey made from bell heather in particular helps give heather honey the distinctive darker colour that is high in healthy anti-oxidants.

Pro Fish - a family run and extremely knowledgeable and helpful fishmonger, Pro Fish stock fish and shellfish from a variety of Scottish fish ports - straight from the boats for freshness. Their smoked range comes from local smokehouses and they cure some specialist products in-house; all their salmon is of Scottish origin.

Land your own supper: For the freshest fish of all, why not catch and land your own rainbow trout for supper? Even complete beginners to fishing are almost guaranteed to land a Rainbow Trout during a visit to the Rothiemurchus Fishery. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of catching and preparing your own meal from absolute scratch!