As a native of Edinburgh I have no great love of our slew of cheap, gimmicky, frankly embarrassing gift shops that you will find spewing out of every doorway of our Royal Mile and its immediate environs. But in the midst of it all one or two beacons of quality stand out. So much so that residents even shop in them.
One of those is Cranachan & Crowdie because there’s no tat here. Yes, it sells traditional Scottish food and drink, but they do so with oodles of class.
Cranachan is a Scots dessert made with whipped cream, whisky, oatmeal, honey, and raspberries; Crowdie is a soft Scottish cheese made from buttermilk or sour milk – so you’ll get the message that this place is fiercely Scottish. It may surprise you that one of its owners is North American.
You’ll hear that almost as you walk through the door because Beth is no shrinking violet. Her business partner, Fiona, is rather less obtrusive, but they make a great pair of hosts with a real passion for what they sell (incidentally the cheesy crisp nibbles they sell are to die for.)
It really is a treasure trove of delicious Scottish treats (they even have one for dogs) and it’s a really good place to go for high quality gifts to take home.
C&C run lots of tastings, you’ll find details on their website.