Public praise leads to national accolade
Loch Arthur Creamery and Farm Shop has been named Scotland’s Hidden Gem.
The Beeswing organisation scooped the honour at the first ever Scotsman Food and Drink Awards, held in Edinburgh last Wednesday.
The category aimed to recognise Scotland’s “best surprises”, whether it be secret spots, creative locations or the stunning views they offered.
And Loch Arthur came out on top after winning a public vote for the award.
Loch Arthur’s Barry Graham was told by the judges that they had won by a substantial margin and was delighted for the support they had received from voters and customers.
He said: “It was a bit of a shock. We’re not big on social media such as Twitter or Facebook so we thought the award would go to someone with a big media presence but it has gone to someone with more of a physical presence. It’s very reassuring.”
Voters were particularly taken by Loch Arthur “not only because of its outstanding produce, but on account of its incredible work with men and women with learning disabilities”.
The charity recently received a five star VisitScotland grading.
Hidden gem Staff at the Loch Arthur shop with the award