Tasty reasons to love the west of Scotland
FROM the world’s narrowest hotel to island crossings, a new food and drink initiative has taken the country by gastronomical storm during 2015.
VisitScotland is celebrating the 1,000th awardee of the Taste Our Best accreditation scheme, a quality assurance initiative that recognises eateries that provide and promote quality Scottish produce.
In Argyll and Bute, the number of Taste Our Best accredited businesses has almost doubled in the past 12 months – from 56 in January to 100 in December – while the Highlands has seen scheme members increase from 132 to 216.
Launched in September 2013, Taste Our Best is a joint initiative between the national tourism organisation and the Scottish Government. Assessors rate the overall eating experience, the extent to which Scottish produce is used and promoted, and staff knowledge of the produce on the menu and its provenance.
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: ‘Scotland can be proud of its natural larder and the Taste Our Best scheme recognises that.
‘Not only does it indicate to visitors that the establishment believes in quality but it also shows they are committed to promoting local produce and giving customers a true taste of Scotland.
‘From restaurants to Scotland’s built heritage, chippies to ferries, Taste Our Best is open to any business with a food and drink offering.
‘ With research finding that three out of four visitors think eating local cuisine will enhance their visit, Taste Our Best really is a recipe for success.’