Our beef, lamb and pork are all reared to traditional farming methods, rather than intensive grain-fed rearing programmes. We use only grass-fed beef and lamb; happily for us, this provides the best ﬂavour, as well as being the most welfare-friendly method of rearing livestock. Feeding livestock on grass, hay and silage rather than grain also considerably reduces their overall carbon footprint.
We are proud to support British farmers by insisting that all of our beef and lamb is 100% British. We are continuing this support with the introduction of new ranges of British pork. Because welfare is important to us, we will work only with British Quality Approved Pork (BQAP) which meets nationally recognised animal welfare accreditation. We are working hard to move our supply of pork to be entirely British; until we are able to complete this move in the near future, some pork products will remain of high-welfare Danish origin.
All of our game is genuinely wild, and is traditionally sourced in the UK. Our wild red and roe deer are culled on estates across the highlands and glens of Scotland.
In the past, we have traditionally supplied poultry from the Loué region of France, where the farmers produce slow grown, free-range poultry of superb quality. This allowed us to supply our customers with the guaranteed quantities of fixed weight poultry we require, at the high quality and welfare standards upon which we insist.
These birds are raised to the highest possible environmental standards, being homed in grassy meadows with trees for shelter and roosting, and warm barns which they can access for protection from foxes at night. We will still continue to provide a range of Loué poultry.
However, to further support British farmers, we are also introducing a range of British chicken and Christmas turkeys, which will again meet nationally recognised animal welfare accreditation. We are now delighted to be able to present you with a choice of where your poultry comes from. Our British turkeys will be sourced from the famous turkey region of Norfolk, while our chicken will come from a family company in Yorkshire, who have supplied chicken from their own farms for over 70 years. We’re proud to support this fine tradition of poultry rearing by continuing to build on our support for British farmers and produce.
We work closely with our fishmonger to ensure that our fish is responsibly sourced from well managed stocks. These stocks are protected and monitored through policies, procedures and initiative schemes set up through Marine Scotland and the Scottish fishing industry.
In line with the Scottish Government’s policies on sustainable fishing, we support through the sourcing of our fish the aims and objectives of a number of independent accreditation schemes. These include those of the Marine Stewardship Council and the Responsibly Sourced Fishing Scheme, managed by Scotland via Europe under the advice of ICES, which is the world authority on fish stocks.
Most of our wild fish is landed at Peterhead, our local fishing port on the Aberdeenshire coast. This includes the majority of our white fish and oily fish, which is fished from the northeast Atlantic. Our whiting, however, is sourced off the south west coast of England, as this area has been proven to hold the healthiest and most sustainable stock levels of this particular species.
Our seafood is wild, caught from the north Atlantic and North Sea, with our langoustines for example being fished from around the entire coast of Scotland, before being landed and frozen at local ports.
Our Scottish salmon is sourced from specialist fish farms off the northwest coast of Scotland, where the strong sea currents ensure firm, healthy fish.
Updated June 2020 and information subject to change without notice.