Craigie's Farm Shop and Deli
- Telephone 0131 319 1048
- Bar open Winter: Mon–Sun 9am–5pm. Summer: Mon–Sun 9am–5pm.
- Food served Winter: Mon–Sun 9am–4pm. Summer: Mon–Sun 9am–5pm.
- Average price £10 (lunch)
- Website www.craigies.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
A family business which has taken the idea of a farm shop and run with it, Craigie’s offers an impressive range of dried and fresh deli goods and butchery from Steve Mitchell of Fife, woodland walks, a playpark and animal visiting for kids, and even a ‘canine café’ in an annexe to the main building, complete with customised menus. Yet for most the main attraction will be the excellent and much-enjoyed café, an old-fashioned table service affair which almost exclusively offers produce from the farm itself or from a selection of local suppliers. Blessed with an impressive view down the valley into the Firth of Forth, the range of simple café classic meals – ploughman’s lunch, stovies in winter, a special of pulled pork roll and breakfasts in the morning – are augmented by the freshness of the ingredients, and so busy is the place at the weekend that you don’t need to worry about anything lying on a hotplate all afternoon.
- High point: An all-round afternoon out in lovely surroundings
- Low point: Gets bustlingly busy at the weekend
Whether you nip in for their great value butchery deals or make a day of it with the kids, Craigie’s has built up a farm shop that draws visitors from near and far. There’s a community feel to the place, and it’s a very functional shop, rather than being a deli where you pick up one or two treats. The treats are there, but so is a well-priced butchery counter operated by Puddledub Pork, a good array of cheese, pies and charcuterie, and fruit and veg from the farm. They keep it local and Scottish as far as possible, from their own jams to beer and Thistly Cross cider, biscuits to ice cream. Regular tastings run throughout the year, and are advertised on the events page of their website and on Facebook.
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- Private dining: Up to 65 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 150
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2007
- House wine: £8 fruit wines; £3.75 single-glass bottle per bottle
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