Tasty rea­sons to love the west of Scot­land

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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